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Old 22 May 2009, 07:09   #11
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Is there any chance that with the console slid forward a little that you'd be able to fit a bench seat behind. It might be a little cosy for two on the bench seat, but at least you've then got seating for nominally 4 (2 on the jockey, 2 on the bench)? Depending on which bench you choose this may also give you a bit of storage space as well
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Is there any chance that with the console slid forward a little that you'd be able to fit a bench seat behind. It might be a little cosy for two on the bench seat, but at least you've then got seating for nominally 4 (2 on the jockey, 2 on the bench)? Depending on which bench you choose this may also give you a bit of storage space as well
Hi Andrew,
console is built into the deck (well the bottom part anyway) so would mean a full refit. Again maybe something for winter.

I've decided on keeping the 1.5 person Jockey seat where it is and fitting another double jockey in front of the console.
River cruising I can have two people up front and maybe someone sat with me behind. Going into the rough, max one person in front sat right in front of the console, they will have the same kind of ride as myself then. And the other person sat behind me. Only problem is, I'll have to stand all the time.

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No Worries John

I know that when we had a Ribtec 535 the bench+jockey option was about the best possible compromise between ride comfort and seating space. I'd guess your SR5.4 is similar in size.

I also spliced some ropes with caribiner (sp?) that clipped onto the metalwork of the jockey seatback to stop the kids sliding sideways. Let me know if you need any photos
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I know that when we had a Ribtec 535 the bench+jockey option was about the best possible compromise between ride comfort and seating space. I'd guess your SR5.4 is similar in size.

I also spliced some ropes with caribiner (sp?) that clipped onto the metalwork of the jockey seatback to stop the kids sliding sideways. Let me know if you need any photos
Kids only ever come out when cruising rivers. But have been arguing with myself if I should have some kind of harness or something to keep them in. The obvious worry is them not being able to get out of the boat in an emergency.
Would love to see photos'.

Seariders have a narrow beam with deep V, so very limited.
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maybe an idea if you are moving seating around to fit a permanent fuel tank,91ltrs maybe. with portables for longer trips.
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maybe an idea if you are moving seating around to fit a permanent fuel tank,91ltrs maybe. with portables for longer trips.
That is something I want to do, sadly a new tank is out of my budget at the moment. BALLS!
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Thank you, did the flow coating this morning and the house still stinks!

John I wouldn't want people attached to the boat incase it all went a bit flip flop.
When I was a kid I went on a RYA RIBdown Poole and that had a matress jammed between the console and tube, you'd struggle to "pop" out of that.
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We just had the bench seat on our searider 5.4.with the offset console. We regularly sat three across the seat. Bums slightly off the edge towards the tubes at each side and it was cosy, but worked very well with the little one in between two adults to keep safe. We used it off anglesey, so it wasnt just river cruising.

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John I wouldn't want people attached to the boat incase it all went a bit flip flop.
When I was a kid I went on a RYA RIBdown Poole and that had a matress jammed between the console and tube, you'd struggle to "pop" out of that.
That's what stops me. If I had the brains I'd have a bar to keep them in like you have on fairground rides that would auto lift up if the engine stops and a tilt switch to auto lift up if the boat went up side down. That coupled with an eject seat for when the little gits get bored after 2 min
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