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    the one thing I cant make up my mind about is interior layout for my boat. the 40 year old interior just wont do it anymore. I want to do a built in style seat, not a fiberglass barrel seat. i keep going back and forth about how I should set it up. 90% of the time its just me and the wife and a cooler. To me, nothing looks better than a back to back bench, but i can see it feeling sorta cramped. i don't think there's enough leg room room for buckets and a bench. so that leaves the buckets with sideways seats.
    anyone with SJS (short jet syndrome)16'-17' got any pics they'd like to share of their seating layout?
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    i can gain about 5" by changing the crank pulley to a single and putting the seat really close to the engine. cant move the engine back without doing a full on setback, there's maybe 1/8" slop on the driveline.

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    Something like this is common... Otherwise there is the one piece drop in interior.

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    I like that interior design that Sleekcrafter posted up. The fiberglass buckets and back bench are another option but leg room can get pretty tight on the back seats depending on motor placement. Also remember to allow extra leg room on the drivers seat if you plan on running hard. You don't want your legs under the dash if it goes to toss you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snoc653 View Post
    I like that interior design that Sleekcrafter posted up. The fiberglass buckets and back bench are another option but leg room can get pretty tight on the back seats depending on motor placement. Also remember to allow extra leg room on the drivers seat if you plan on running hard. You don't want your legs under the dash if it goes to toss you.
    yeah the drivers seat is set good right now where i want to be, cant go any farther forward. i run my boat about as hard as it should be run. i might just end up doing buckets with a bench, i figure if they don't like the lack of legroom in the back bench, get your own boat!

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    I recently did a 17 haskel with a sbc. Talked the guy into a b2b bench. Its the only way to get true seating for 5. Any thing else is a compromise for more than 2. You do not have room for a rear bench.
    Build a nice b2b. Set back for your needs. Lay the back rest back at a comfortable angle. I like about a 2'' lay back at 16'' height. (Your seat wont be this tall.)remember your boat is not square or level. You can build a seperate front and rear seat that push together with a welt or one ppiece. Build your box support for the floor. Make thebox for the seeat. About 1/2 to 3/4" narrower than the boat. Now whot I like to do is take a straight edge and lay across the boat and strike a line 2" higher than the rails. I hate those seats that are an arch, they look like a head board. About 10" from the rail, radius the top down to about 3/4'' below the rail to allow for trimming.
    For floating and kickin back and sun, drink, talk, tickle the kitty, listen to the tunes, you cant beat a bench.

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    I had a 16' Cheetah. Same deal as you, never more than two people and a cooler. I made a bench and did not have rear seats. I put a 27 gal tank behind the seat and cruised forever!!!!!

    I have pics if you would like to see the setup.

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    Thanks for the ideas coolchange got any pics of the project?
    Fleetimus, I'd like to be able to carry more if I have to.
    If I have to do a back to back, I like the way slowrides old Stevens was, even that little deck deal behind the motor

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    Make the rear two seats as big as the front but facing in(like a ranger xtra cab pickup). You would pick up some leg room or a spot for a cooler.
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    I cant tell if there is enough room, but maybe you could put a seat on each side of the motor, next to the logs. Just cover the side of the seats facing the motor with alluminum, maybe even anodized to to match the colors of apholstry or boat. If you want seating for five put a seat in front of the motor behind and between the front buckets.

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    Heck youngin make that little Schiada a 2 seater !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetboatperformance View Post
    Heck youngin make that little Schiada a 2 seater !
    I never get tired of seeing that flatty Tom, one day when my boat grows up it'll be that nice!
    Current seat has a rear facing on either side with a forward facing in the middle. I only need to seat 4 max and I'm set on either back to back bench or seating like the 2nd pic.
    Pros of the b2b is I can get alot of storage under the seats and it looks nostalgic
    pro of the other seating is me an a passenger will be held in for hot laps.

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    mine actually had little tiny back to back buckets when i first got it The rear seating was not a happy place On your jet I'd go for the front buckets and rear bench combo Tom

    PS a friend of mine (Len Schiada relative) gave me a great scrap book , heres a 67 17' out board version of your boat check the seats (love it this womans rockin that Marge Simpson hair)

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    Not much room, but that is the way it was done back then.

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    and i love that boat! i think that just might be the way i go

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