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Old 08 May 2010, 12:26   #1
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Reconfiguring A400

Afternoon all,
Having - very reluctantly - decided I cannot afford a larger rib, I'm considering wherther it's possible / practical to rip out the current console & bench seat arrangement on my Avon A400 and repalce it with forward consoled and - ideally - 2 rows of single jockey seats.

The reason for this is as the kids are growing - now 6&7 they are enjoying speed & wave jumping so the current layout - whilst fine when they were 3/4/5 ish is not adequate for the use we now want.

So is revamping the layout a practical alternative?

What I'd like to know is:

Is this practicable / possible - although I guess so

What are the potential pitfalls to avoid?

Where do I find potential suppliers of alternative seats / consoles?

What sort of dosh am I looking at?

I'm hoping this will be a realativey quick / cheap fix to let us get better value out of this boat for another couple of years.

All advice / opinions graefully received as always.

LT
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Old 08 May 2010, 15:05   #2
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Have you got photos of the current setup?
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Old 08 May 2010, 15:16   #3
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Afternoon all,
Having - very reluctantly - decided I cannot afford a larger rib, I'm considering wherther it's possible / practical to rip out the current console & bench seat arrangement on my Avon A400 and repalce it with forward consoled and - ideally - 2 rows of single jockey seats.

The reason for this is as the kids are growing - now 6&7 they are enjoying speed & wave jumping so the current layout - whilst fine when they were 3/4/5 ish is not adequate for the use we now want.

So is revamping the layout a practical alternative?

What I'd like to know is:

Is this practicable / possible - although I guess so

What are the potential pitfalls to avoid?

Where do I find potential suppliers of alternative seats / consoles?

What sort of dosh am I looking at?

I'm hoping this will be a relativity quick / cheap fix to let us get better value out of this boat for another couple of years.

All advice / opinions gratefully received as always.

LT

If like thousands of others money is tight I would think it's the only way to go.
http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=23688

this gives a fair idea on seating... So far as consuls go all prices.
Considered making your own.?
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Old 08 May 2010, 15:39   #4
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Afternoon all,
Having - very reluctantly - decided I cannot afford a larger rib, I'm considering wherther it's possible / practical to rip out the current console & bench seat arrangement on my Avon A400 and repalce it with forward consoled and - ideally - 2 rows of single jockey seats.

The reason for this is as the kids are growing - now 6&7 they are enjoying speed & wave jumping so the current layout - whilst fine when they were 3/4/5 ish is not adequate for the use we now want.

So is revamping the layout a practical alternative?

What I'd like to know is:

Is this practicable / possible - although I guess so

What are the potential pitfalls to avoid?

Where do I find potential suppliers of alternative seats / consoles?

What sort of dosh am I looking at?

I'm hoping this will be a realativey quick / cheap fix to let us get better value out of this boat for another couple of years.

All advice / opinions graefully received as always.

LT
Hi LT - the existing seats etc 'should' be held in as per outhill/Avon advice/rigging instructions - ie several ten I think) big screws (into the more sturdy stuff under the deck) and sika.

You may of course have some 'holes' in the deck if you have underdeck rigged wiring etc. See if you can see the screws and go from there ? I reckon jockey seats from outhill would secure the same way?

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Old 09 May 2010, 05:24   #5
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General picture attached - it's the standard Avon rear benchseat & site console. Fine for pottering, not good for wave jumping!

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Old 09 May 2010, 05:35   #6
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Don't do it.
I'd flog it and buy a more suitable rib within budget, even if you have to go back in the year. It'll cost a heap to buy a console a pod bases etc for the current boat and you could possibly de-value it by chopping it about. Those Adventures make decent money, I'd get it gone and perhaps buy a Ribtec 5.3. A stonking boat for around 5-6k.
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As above
looks to good to mess with.
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