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Old 07 December 2021, 17:32   #1
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Anyone used the bench in the picture below. Trying to find a solution to the extra seating and storage. They certainly don’t look as comfortable as say a jockey seat but it’s not always rough seas.
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I did consider one for mine Alan....comfort wise they are much the same as most bench seats Mate although the sculptured ends afford a little more security....and the back swivels so as to face the rear in a moment.
I didn't get one ultimately but did put the matrix fitting bolts in the deck,for ease of fitting and removal.....which I still think would be a good idea
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9 times out of 10 it’s just myself and fiona. The storage is more important than the seat but if I could kill 2 birds with one stone and as you say it’s got the curve to the backrest and not just a straight bench.

Would help if Ribcraft actually answered the phone!
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Would help if Ribcraft actually answered the phone![/QUOTE]

There not many people could argue with that one ! at least there was a few seating type products priced in the "shop " part of the website ,however that seems to be under construction at the moment

could this be the same seat at the manufacturers ?


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The backrest certainly looks the same but there's a difference in the base. I'll see what Ribcraft come up with...if anything, their customer service is shocking.
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I tried one of those Ribcraft bench seats a while back and was pretty impressed. Well made and much more comfortable and secure than an open sided bench.
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Would help if Ribcraft actually answered the phone!
There not many people could argue with that one ! at least there was a few seating type products priced in the "shop " part of the website ,however that seems to be under construction at the moment

could this be the same seat at the manufacturers ?


https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/224514061...oAAOSwEaVg2hBi
No it's not the same seat - this is the Ribcraft seat on my 585 and as you can see it's a bonded seat. I imagine it's their own manufacture.
The seating position is quite low behind the jockeys and the console so anyone sitting there doesn't have much of a view. I've only had people on it at displacement speed - I don't think it would provide the support at planing speeds and I wouldn't be comfortable having anyone on it in any sort of chop. However as a storage locker it is excellent and that's the main reason I chose it in preference to jockeys. I generally leave the cushion off as it's easier to open the lid. With the cushion though it's a nice place to sit and have lunch or whatever.

As regards the comments about Ribcraft customer service, through my own carelessness I damaged the zip that holds the foam in in the bench cushion. Ribcraft (CC) collected it from my house and took it away for repair. It did take a little while but instead of repairing it they made me a complete new cushion at no cost to me and CC delivered it to my house. The cushion which is a substantial object must cost in the hundreds I imagine. They had no obligation even to repair it. I would rather judge Ribcraft customer service by that episode than someone having to wait a while for them to answer the phone. The impression I have is that they won't compromise on quality even if it means that customers sometimes have to wait a little while for things to happen.
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