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Old 27 November 2006, 12:02   #1
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Outhill bench seats

Any experience with the BS3/BS8 folding/removable back rest bench seat?
I'm looking for info around the strength of the back rest for hanging on to.
http://www.outhill.com/bench_seating.htm

I understand the folding version is a simple hinge with a push through pin to stop it falling forward - should be easy enough to fit a sleeve to give it some strength?

A Gemlock hinge setup looks stronger?
http://www.geminicanvas.com/gemlock.htm
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Old 27 November 2006, 15:27   #2
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I have BS3, fitted in 98, it's been very good extra storage and additional seating, gave the colour code over to them for gel coat and it was a perfect match and so was the upholstery, found them to be very good and some 8 years later it's still all good
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Old 27 November 2006, 15:44   #3
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If it's of any use, I have an bs18a and am really pleased. it's mounted on a box with water tight hatches which offers heaps of storage space. The only major difference is that mine has ally supports [between the seat and the back rest] and the new ones are stainless and MUCH stronger and stiffer. To be fair I hardly use the reverse function but it's a nice touch when we do...
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Old 28 November 2006, 05:43   #4
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Thanks guys -
ribit - is your backrest fixed, folding or removable? How strong is the backrest if you need to hang on to it?
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Old 28 November 2006, 05:56   #5
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the backrest is removable, it pushes into holders on each side, I mounted my seat a fraction further back than I would have liked, due to an inspection hatch, so now if I tilt the engine to high it hits the backrest, a few years ago I did this not watching what I was doing and it started to lift the seat from it's mounting to the boat floor which is screwed and stuck, so I would say the back rest on mine is very strong
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