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Old 07 September 2012, 07:40   #1
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SR4 mods?

We have owned our 1982 SR4 (ex USCG) since 1986 and had great fun with it. Do to a low back injury I can no longer drive in a seated position. I must stand up to let my legs act as shock absorbers. I am now driving the boat from the rear facing seat whilst on my knees leaning forward to the wheel. Not exactly the most comfortable. We are thinking of installing a conventional (stand up) center console (not a jockey seat) but I am concerned about my CG standing and driving such a small boat that I might get ejected in a wake or hard turn. Has anyone installed or have seen this type of console installed on this size rib. If so, what was overall impression? Thanks in advance.

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Old 07 September 2012, 08:48   #2
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Foot straps. They should stop you ejecting yourself.
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Old 07 September 2012, 09:07   #3
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Foot straps. They should stop you ejecting yourself.
I was gunna say foot straps too! Dakine make some pretty good ones for kitesurfing & windsurfing that screw down. sure they would work on your sr4!

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Old 07 September 2012, 13:04   #4
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What about a nice suspension seat? I understand the bad back issue but can't imagine standing for hours a good solution either. It is nice to have something to lean back against.
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Old 07 September 2012, 16:10   #5
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go for a leaning post ...
You could probably have one made fairly cheaply by a Stainless steel fabricator there, have them put some wing backs on the ends to snug you in.
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Old 07 September 2012, 16:14   #6
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check out the post on this Rib

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Old 08 September 2012, 10:31   #7
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This last post is what I am seeking, The rib shown however is much larger than an SR4 which is my concern. The leaning post would be required. I can stand and drive our big boat (displacement hull) for 10 hours at a time with out ever sitting. With my injury I can not sit for more than an hour in a modern car. Any one done this to a smaller rib?
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I think you are asking too much form it & your concerns of being top heavy, with the likely hood of being ejected are justified, do you use a back support?
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Old 08 September 2012, 19:31   #9
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I generaly use a back support when I am flying and doing heavy lifting. I do not wear it when boating per the Doctors instructions.
Does anyone ever stand up from the jockey seat and drive?
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Does anyone ever stand up from the jockey seat and drive?
That is quite common, but the 'standard' SR4 console is very low so not ideal for this.
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