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    Hey guys, I'm gonna start building seats for my boat sometime this week and was wondering If anyone has built their own seats, I Have a bucket seat out of a dune buggy that fits beautifully in the Driver area so thats what i'm gonna leave for the driver. I've got an upholstery shop right down the road that can do the covering for me but I have to build the frame first.

    any ideas are greatly appreciated!

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    what style of seating are you wanting?
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    Building seats are simple, doing the vinly sucks.
    Use your imagination, make them the way you want.
    Luan, soaked in a warm bath for 20 minutes softens it nicely for rounded backs. Double up for strength.

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    Its not that hard really, Just make sure you get the angel at the sides of the back seat right, most boats are not strait up and down at the sides. I built mine and had the foam and covers put on. I think they turned out great.
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    Don't mind the blower belt rash on there????Make sure you get that insert to stay in the boat!!
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    I built mine from scratch...They work great. If I were to do them again I would add some more room to the the bench arm rests and put in cup holders. Also I would do this:



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    http://performanceboats.com//showthr...project&page=2

    There is some info there that might help you. When you do it dont forget to get some pics and share

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    well iseen mouzer is selling sum seats in the spam section and jet performance has shells real cheap and bench seats too..endless options...

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    Back2k5 thanks for putting my pic up of my rhino lined seat . That is the only way to go in my opinion . Just glued ,nailed and rhino lined. Should last forever. You cant rip them apart. way stronger then fiberglass resin and mat .

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    I used 1/4" ply for the rounded backs on mine, laminated 2 layers together, soaked it in 5 layers of resin and put mat in some key places, my bench and buckets come out in one whole piece. I rolled the seats first then cut the shape out with a jigsaw and finished shaping with a belt sander
    this was before the resin and final shape

    $400 foam and vinyl job
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    Thanks guys! I like all of the ideas

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    I'm thankful for this thread! I have a passenger bench that I hate, and want to build different seats. Much better experience for all. Tired of tossing passengers around in turns.
    Some good instruction in this one...

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    What i'm actually wanting to do is put a plastic bucket seat as the driver seat and then an L shaped bench around it for the passengers, thats just what i'm envisioning in my head

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    Quote Originally Posted by neattouch648 View Post
    What i'm actually wanting to do is put a plastic bucket seat as the driver seat and then an L shaped bench around it for the passengers, thats just what i'm envisioning in my head
    If you have a fast boat, and like to whip the corners hard like I do, forget the bench.
    My boat came with this bench, and it is nothing nice for a passenger. Accelerating hard while sitting sideways is a liability waiting to happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by back2k5 View Post




    I built mine from scratch...They work great. If I were to do them again I would add some more room to the the bench arm rests and put in cup holders. Also I would do this:



    Go to:

    http://performanceboats.com//showthr...project&page=2

    There is some info there that might help you. When you do it dont forget to get some pics and share

    Cool idea with the integrated speaker box

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    If I ever have to do it again, for the buckets, I thought about getting a sonatube,(concrete tube form) covering it with plastic, then laying some glass up on it. It's probably alot easier to do than bending the wood.

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