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Old 15 September 2014, 13:23   #1
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Hi,
I am now the proud owner of a 1985 SR4 (with Yam 50) as rebuilt by boater on this forum. She is lovely and I am really looking forward to getting out and opening her up.

The final job is to put in seats. Ideally I would like a black or grey bench seat -does anyone have any suggestions where I might be able to buy one without breaking the bank?

We were also thinking about using outdoor beanbags for extra seating as these can be moved and removed... has anyone done this or have other suggestions. Pics to follow... promise!

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Old 15 September 2014, 13:33   #2
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The final job is to put in seats. Ideally I would like a black or grey bench seat -does anyone have any suggestions
Hi and well done.

My suggestion would be to put your bench in a park or your garden or even in a skip, anywhere other than in your SR4.
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Old 15 September 2014, 14:16   #3
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Hi and well done.

My suggestion would be to put your bench in a park or your garden or even in a skip, anywhere other than in your SR4.
Bench seats are not all bad, and certainly not as bizarre as bean bags on a rib. However a SR4 is generally best with a jockey arrangement, especially with the Avon console which is too low for anything else.
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You could buy a large igloo marine ice box and have a seat cushion made for it. A member posted some pics on here awhile back but I can't find it.
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Just trying to think out of the box. Perhaps I should rephrase question..
Rib used by family of four for skiing and messing about. Safe seating required. Thoughts?

I know they did a delux model with back to back seating... Anyone have this set up?

Why is a bench so bad when it previously had two side by side seats?
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Just trying to think out of the box. Perhaps I should rephrase question..
Rib used by family of four for skiing and messing about. Safe seating required. Thoughts?

I know they did a delux model with back to back seating... Anyone have this set up?

Why is a bench so bad when it previously had two side by side seats?
Do you have the console that goes with the back to back seats?

Benches are generally less popular because they don't let you brace your legs for the "big bumps" as well as a jockey. However some people do like them at the very back of a *big* boat as the ride is comfier there and it can be family friendlier.

Beware on a boat like the SR4 where the distance from deck to top of tube is low that a "high" bench might put your passengers in a position where its easy to slide off / fall out in a tight turn. With the back-to-back seats you essentially sat on the floor.
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Do you have the console that goes with the back to back seats?

Benches are generally less popular because they don't let you brace your legs for the "big bumps" as well as a jockey. However some people do like them at the very back of a *big* boat as the ride is comfier there and it can be family friendlier.

Beware on a boat like the SR4 where the distance from deck to top of tube is low that a "high" bench might put your passengers in a position where its easy to slide off / fall out in a tight turn. With the back-to-back seats you essentially sat on the floor.
good advice for an sr4
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Bench seats are not all bad, and certainly not as bizarre as bean bags on a rib. However a SR4 is generally best with a jockey arrangement, especially with the Avon console which is too low for anything else.
..I have a Bean Bag!!..large waterproof...and fits in the Bow nicely..It makes a bloody good good Sun Deck I'll have you know Mr Polly!
On Sunny flat days it works a treat!
Of course...I also have Ulmanns and Wing Back seats when it's not!
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You could buy a large igloo marine ice box and have a seat cushion made for it. A member posted some pics on here awhile back but I can't find it.
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