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Old 11 June 2011, 03:02   #11
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I think mastertrim would have done those although they are now called quayside and Leisure Quayside

I had a seam open up on one of my jockey cushions and they were more than happy to repair FOC after 2 years.

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Old 11 June 2011, 03:05   #12
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And yes mine did get wet, mainly from condensation I left them upturned under the cover and they dried out.

Another good idea is get them to plastic wrap the foam before covering and this prevents any moisture absorbtion through seams etc. Worth bearing in mind.
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Old 12 June 2011, 05:37   #13
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Thanks, a few ideas. I've been very kindly offered some surplus seat cushions for the cost of postage so that's given me some options to keep things going for a while

I might drop Quayside a line and explore the possibilities of getting some made up using a decent grade of material and waterproof bases. I don't know what the military etc use but it must be fairly tough stuff.

None of my seats are hinged so hinge failure is not really an issue - they hook under at the back and the clamp at the front is an over-centre latching arrangement. The hinges on my double jockey Humber seat I bought and installed on the Destroyer lasted less than a year so I wouldn't bother using hinges again! It's actually more convenient to be able to take it right off anyway.

Has anybody pulled an Osprey seat base to bits? Is it just a flat bit of ply with foam on top or is there a structure inside?

I suppose what I am trying to ask is - is it practical to un-staple the upholstery, take off the base and treat it and then refit it, or is the whole thing going to fall to bits and/or look like a dogs breakfast afterwards?
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Old 12 June 2011, 06:17   #14
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I don't know what the military etc use but it must be fairly tough stuff
I think it's called "leather"?? at least that's what they use on mil spec SRs.

Are the seats already that much of a disaster that they need replacing? Surely leaving them as they are for a couple of years won't hurt. They are hardly quality items and surely when they fully die getting a complete set of much higher quality ones will be the way to go rather than faffing about taking them apart and putting them back together again?
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Somebody needs to tell Osprey that this is the 21st century, and untreated wood just isn't acceptable from a supposed quality manufacturer.

Get your self some pieces of this.... VETUS Catalogue 2011 - English

POLY-WOOD, it's not cheap, but it's superb for this use, and you won't ever have the problem again. And yes, it takes staples perfectly.
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Somebody needs to tell Osprey that this is the 21st century, and untreated wood just isn't acceptable from a supposed quality manufacturer.

As I understand, Osprey do not make seat cushions. When I bought my rig Roy recommended a manufacturer, but in no way are they the same company. I decided to go with a local company, but made my own seat bases.
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Old 12 June 2011, 07:25   #17
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No of course it won't hurt for a couple of years I am just getting some ideas now while the problem is in my mind. Long term the boat is going to be under cover anyway so the seats can be taken off to dry out. If half an hour per seat will let me treat them to last a few years that is time worth spending, if when I take them to bits the whole thing is going to fall apart and be irreparable then obviously I'll leave them be, hence the question.

As above - seats are not made by Osprey they are subcontracted out - I think to Mastertrim. They are a relatively simple flat bottomed square cushion that could be made by just about anybody who did upholstery. No issues with the upholstery - looks nice and neatly done - just the bases that need improving. I can't make any judgement about how long the fabric will last as it's less than a year old at the moment but UV and weather here plays hell with just about anything so I wouldn't expect them to last forever - my Humber seat needed replacing when I got the boat, that was about six years old and absolutely rotten.

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