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Old 19 February 2005, 21:13   #1
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US Console Dealer

Have had this conversation with a few rib owners from across the states, and have had a difficult time finding a jockey/console combination anywhere. I have been quoted $2900 usd for a single jockey/console by a big-time east coast rib builder, but thats half what I paid for my avon searider (5.4m with 115 mariner and trailer). Currently I have what's called a 'bowrider' console over here; two side by side bucket seats with a dashboard and windscreen. Id like to remove this and drop in a single or double jockey setup to make more use of the forward deck area etc...

anyone have any leads? maybe someone in the states may have a contact?

thanks

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Old 21 February 2005, 19:16   #2
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I'd guess you contacted Ribcraft USA? That's a tough item to source here, I haven't found one, as I'd be tempted to replace the OE console on my Searider, if I could find something I like better.

Now that I think of it, I know of a searider 5.4 that had the original console removed. I'll see if I can track it down. Might be in Florida, or may well have been trashed...
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Old 21 February 2005, 20:48   #3
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sure did. Nice enough people, great looking boats, but i can't justify that, to be honest. I am currently looking for a small console off a skiff of somesort, maybe refurb an old one.
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Old 22 February 2005, 01:36   #4
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Have you checked this company out.? Might be worth a look,
http://www.inflatableboats.net/access_html/access.htm
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Do it yourself

Also might be worth checking out West Marine (if you are pretty handy.)
You could take one of their steering consoles(which is the trickier part to make ) and make up the pod seat yourself. A little marine- ply and fibreglass and you could attach a seat to the console.
Do a search in West marine for model #'s 3704020, 3704038, 386799, 419665.
They have consoles from $180.00.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...37648&y=5&x=27

Think it was boatster on ribnet who made his own jockey seat ,so do a search and may give you some ideas;
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Old 22 February 2005, 21:29   #6
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link

link to boatsters thread on building a pod seat.
cheers Dal

Custom Center pod almost complete... (pics)
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Old 24 February 2005, 12:43   #7
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anyone have any leads? maybe someone in the states may have a contact?
In looking, this was about all I found. UK co., but as I said, the field seems to be pretty limited:

http://www.outhill.com/


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Old 24 February 2005, 13:01   #8
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Worth getting some moulds and start producing these for the USA crowd!!
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Old 01 September 2005, 10:30   #9
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believe me, ive thought about it. We built a very HEAVY amatuerish console for ourt 5.4 searider... dropped a 24 ga tank underneath, hooked up an elect fuel pump, and away we go. Everything works great. We next bolted down a single pedestal with a bucket seat. Thing is pretty nasty looking, but everything is squared away and somewhat tidy. I think this winter will be a good time to refit some of the kit. Namely the console and a lot of the wiring.

I'll post some pics to see what you guys think.
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