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Old 01 February 2015, 16:15   #1
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jockey seat storage

got a problem...i'll put it right out there......ribcraft jockey seats are crap for storage due to the design.

i'm debating putting a hatch on them so i can get to the storage space for something basic like buffers and spare fuel tank. the current seats have an opening of 4", no use for most days out.

has anyone done this with a double ribcraft jockey? i don't want to do if it will weaken the seat.

ideally what i want to do is put a 5l jerry can inside the seat for my aux outboard. to do so i need a hatch.

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Old 01 February 2015, 16:26   #2
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Not sure about seat. But wouldn't you be better with a plastic can to prevent corrosion issues
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Old 01 February 2015, 16:39   #3
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i'll worry about that IF i can get anything in the seat.

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i'll worry about that IF i can get anything in the seat.

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Those hatches aren't that strong. I didn't put a fire extinguisher locker I have into one of my Ballistic seats for the same reason-I thought it'd weaken the base too much and suspected it'd splinter if it got landed on hard.

Maybe a hatch in the front or rear, but definitely not the sides IMO.
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got a problem...i'll put it right out there......ribcraft jockey seats are crap for storage due to the design.

i'm debating putting a hatch on them so i can get to the storage space for something basic like buffers and spare fuel tank. the current seats have an opening of 4", no use for most days out.

has anyone done this with a double ribcraft jockey? i don't want to do if it will weaken the seat.

ideally what i want to do is put a 5l jerry can inside the seat for my aux outboard. to do so i need a hatch.

cheers
This is a bit "out there" but a few years back I converted a jockey pod into an auxilary fuel tank... I had a stainless tank fabricated that fitted into the jockey with a bit of foam padding, then I bolted the Jockey down to the deck so that the tank was locked inside. You could access the top of the tank under the cushion and in the back of the jockey pod I had a 6" round hatch with the fuel line coiled up inside that conncted to either the auxilary or the main engine.

It held about 25 litres I think.
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Those hatches aren't that strong. I didn't put a fire extinguisher locker I have into one of my Ballistic seats for the same reason-I thought it'd weaken the base too much and suspected it'd splinter if it got landed on hard.

Maybe a hatch in the front or rear, but definitely not the sides IMO.
So I am not the only one concerned about it.

The only other option is to modify something like this

Rotopax 1.75 US Gallon Fuel Pack (RX-1.75G) > Rotopax Fuel & Fluid Packs

Damn expensive though but I can't find anything else with decent capacity that fits.

Chris, my jockey is already glasses down but I could get something made that would fit.

Tbh, it is a joke the size of these seats and the opening is 4"

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Avon bladder tank. That is, if you can work out how to get the fuel out without it all going everywhere.
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So I am not the only one concerned about it.

The only other option is to modify something like this

Rotopax 1.75 US Gallon Fuel Pack (RX-1.75G) > Rotopax Fuel & Fluid Packs

Damn expensive though but I can't find anything else with decent capacity that fits.

Chris, my jockey is already glasses down but I could get something made that would fit.

Tbh, it is a joke the size of these seats and the opening is 4"

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You can get flat fenders and perhaps a smaller fuell can etc. It might be a case of haivng to find items that fit rather than modifying the seats.
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You can get flat fenders and perhaps a smaller fuell can etc. It might be a case of haivng to find items that fit rather than modifying the seats.
these are my old seats with bomar hatches fitted in the rear the plates on top were for coastal pro seats but before that the seat hinged to one side leaving a large opening in the region of 10 x 20 inches

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Old 02 February 2015, 09:04   #10
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i called Jason at RC.

He is happy the way the seat is built that it will be fine with a sensible size hatch.

They suggest the 9.5x19" hatch as the max they would consider.

Will have a think on what to do.

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