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    I have to re-do my interior... this winter probably. I am going to have to re-do the rear seat regardless, but based on my space (17' closed bow jet) I might have to do the cocktail seating arrangement to fit 6 peeps. I have 68 inches of width across the inside, so I have tons of room but that is only about 3.5 adult butts across if I do a single rear bench (facing forward). If I do cocktails they would be 42 inch long each, still with a lot of legroom. If I do single rear bench I can only sit 3 on it and they will have rediculous legroom and plenty of thigh/hip room.
    I want room for 6 adults. But I would prefer a forward facing rear seat. Any thoughts? Wake boat style bench seating in a U or L shape? Maybe make the rear bench wrap around the engine cover into a sortof W shape? I have to make an engine cover (or complete hatch) anway so that is not much additional pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slim pickens View Post
    I have to re-do my interior... this winter probably. I am going to have to re-do the rear seat regardless, but based on my space (17' closed bow jet) I might have to do the cocktail seating arrangement to fit 6 peeps. I have 68 inches of width across the inside, so I have tons of room but that is only about 3.5 adult butts across if I do a single rear bench (facing forward). If I do cocktails they would be 42 inch long each, still with a lot of legroom. If I do single rear bench I can only sit 3 on it and they will have rediculous legroom and plenty of thigh/hip room.
    I want room for 6 adults. But I would prefer a forward facing rear seat. Any thoughts? Wake boat style bench seating in a U or L shape? Maybe make the rear bench wrap around the engine cover into a sortof W shape? I have to make an engine cover (or complete hatch) anway so that is not much additional pain.
    You are going to have to post pix for review.

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    A buddy of mine has the cocktail seating (U shaped). There is plenty of room for ass, but none for feet. That being the case most people end up sitting with their feet up on the seat cushions and there's really no more room for people than standard bench seating.

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    I have a 19.5 foot with a JE pump so its set back a little more, I have u-shaped seating and have had 9-10 (mostly girls) fit without an issue. 6 dudes could easily fit and have enough room to not feel gay.

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    6 dudes in a boat is gay.
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    Have you ever sat in sideways facing seat in a 17' Jet

    Do the bench seat and full hatch/engine cover your passengers will thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken F View Post
    6 dudes in a boat is gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koyota93 View Post
    I have a 19.5 foot with a JE pump so its set back a little more, I have u-shaped seating and have had 9-10 (mostly girls) fit without an issue. 6 dudes could easily fit and have enough room to not feel gay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by koyota93 View Post
    I have a 19.5 foot with a JE pump so its set back a little more, I have u-shaped seating and have had 9-10 (mostly girls) fit without an issue. 6 dudes could easily fit and have enough room to not feel gay.
    I'd have to see a picture of that. 10 girls and yourself fitting in a 19' jet without issue?

    Are the girls pygmies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squirtcha? View Post
    I'd have to see a picture of that. 10 girls and yourself fitting in a 19' jet without issue?

    Are the girls pygmies.
    The age of the girls would make a difference in how many would fit. Did the law require that they wore lifejackets at all times? And would it be illeagal to post pix of them on the internet.

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    There will never be 6 dudes in my boat.... we save that for the hottub later on. I was going more along the lines of 3 straight couples. That said, I cant rely on each female being 5'1" and 80 lbs, so I am back to needing room for 6 adults.
    I could post som pix but I bought the boat as is, which is currently crap back-to-back seats, and it makes me sick to look at them. Not to mention only seats 4, no storage, looks bad, and no room. So even milk crates are an upgrade.
    Im definitely doing 2 buckets up front. But I dont want to cramp the back seat. Maybe I can buy/make one of those fold-out jump seats for the unlucky person who gets aboard last. Or just make them sit on a cooler.
    I guess I could do 2 rows of benches but that is kinda old school chris craft - minus the nice wood boat and classyness. Or old school station wagon.
    I will try to post up some scaled drawings of the options I thought through so far.
    Has anyone done mesh seats with tube frames - I have seen them on offshore center console fishing rigs. That would be cool and save room.

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    Oh, post up some photos of you boat so we can see the before and after shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slim pickens View Post
    There will never be 6 dudes in my boat.... we save that for the hottub later on..


    What??? now thats TOTALY GAY!!
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    One of your buddies needs to buy a pontoon for hauling people and coolers. That frees up a lot of space on yr boat

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