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I really needed to refurbish my boat interior but didn't want to give an apholstry shop $1200 to $1400. I bought some seats from a speed catalog and made my own frames out of steel. The seats were too tall so I shortened them some and took the old interior unit out and made an engine front cover out of plywood and covered it with carpet. Now I can get at the front of the engine by taking out that panel. The best part is now the boat weighs 60 lbs. less than before even though I added floor carpet. That old cocktail seating arrangement was really pretty uncomfortable for the people in the back anyway. I will save the old interior insert in case it ever needs to be returned to original. Here are some before and after pictures. Vehicle Car Classic


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looks like it would be uncomfortable to drive from the middle of the boat,
just curious why you didn't align the seat with the steering wheel???
 

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looks like it would be uncomfortable to drive from the middle of the boat,
just curious why you didn't align the seat with the steering wheel???
The alignment is not as bad as it looks in the picture, but the wood false bottom that I bolted the seat frames to didn't go out far enough to catch if I moved them out any wider. It may get modified some more if necessary.
 

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We did a similar setup several years ago, low backs up front with a widened rear seat. we glassed in a mount
toward the outer side to align the seats. If I remember
correctly it shaved like 150 plus pounds from the boat.

how much weight did you lose? had to be alot with the cocktail seating.
 

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I saw that same setup on a sandrail, looked good in it though;)

You really need to take your original interior down to the upholsterer and have it redone....seriously
 

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I was kind of proud of my work until I read most of the replies. What I was hoping to do was show a low cost alternative that is totally reversable that you can do yourself for someone who doesn't want to stick a ton of money into an old boat.
 

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What was wrong with the old interior.......looks fine in the picture!
 

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It diminishes the boat's value, your better off recovering original, unless you do the whole boat. It was good looking original.
 

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It diminishes the boat's value, your better off recovering original, unless you do the whole boat. It was good looking original.
The thing is I didn't like the original and I'm keeping the factory interior insert so if I ever want to I can always put it back that way. There isn't anything about what I did that can't be changed back fairly easily. As far as the value I've seen nicer jet boats than mine sell for less than 5k and mine isn't really that desirable of a hull versus say a Rogers or a Sanger or some of the tunnel hulls. At least not from what I've seen watching the jet boat market. Thanks for your comments though.
 

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Not to get down on your upgrade but I am not keen on high back seats like that.....work great at the dinner table though
That's a cool old boat chief. I like the general design of the hatch cover.

Couple things,
I get the saving money part- I really do
I like the custom stuff owning 2 boats myself Im always modding.

Hi back work great in offshore deals, but not really in lake boats.

In Mitchell South Dakota the black seats may work,but in so cal or Arizona you couldnt get anywhere near them after 1/2 hour of sun.

As one guys said this will diminish the value of your boat if you resell with it so save my original interior and recover it with good marine grade when I had some duckets saved up to do so- start a coffee can and rat hole some dough.

How ya gonna "drive the skin boat to tuna town" in a bucket seat?

Laying out in a boat is "part of the deal" and most people find that buckets up front bench in back is more practical in terms of filling your boat with people for a day of fun. I struggled with this on my new boat and went with the traditional bench back seat- its just more practical.


Thanks for the picts and keep em coming!

Uncle Dave
 

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Hi Uncle Dave; Thanks for the advice; I really like the engine cover too. Things here in the upper midwest are definitely a lot different than in the sunbelt where most of you guys are from. It must be fun with all those great looking women in bikinis hanging around the water. I liked the look of the Black seat covers but I can get the covers in other colors for $32.00 each if I ever want to. As for as the tuna town thing I'm a late 40's married guy and usually use my bed for that. I make decent money and can afford to re-apholster the factory setup if I want to but from a throwing good money towards bad standpoint- I don't think putting around $1400.00 into recovering the factory seats would be money I would recoup when and if I ever sell it but who knows.
 

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Tell me a bit more about that boat.
Looks like a jet boat with an enclosed engine.

Does it have an integrated throttle shifter or a foot pedal on the floor?

Seems relevant due to the seat offset- does your left arm "fit now"?

Any other picts of it? What does it is say on the hatch?

I grew up in the midwest and didnt see a lot of jets till I moved to so cal.

Not an overload of chicks in bikinis, but the "lake boat" gets more of that than the "ocean boat"- but I do what I can to keep it from being a sausage party.

(Im 42 and unmarried but with GF)

UD
 

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UD. Well it's an '83 Sleekcraft Kauai 1/4 stringer with a 12JG Berkeley. I bought it minus engine and put in a mild 454. I wanted something with a factory engine cover and through transom log exhaust so as not to upset all the fishermen around here. The throttle and shifter aren't integrated. The numbers on the hatch are 454 emblems that would go on a '73 or '74 big block Corvette.
 

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I had an engine hatch just like that for years . . . didnt know what it came off of . . tried to give it away for ever to someone that would put it on there boat (it looks cool) but no one took so i turned it into bonfire material . . man fibeglass burns HOT !!!

Those dunebuggy seats look ghey !!!
 

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I had an engine hatch just like that for years . . . didnt know what it came off of . . tried to give it away for ever to someone that would put it on there boat (it looks cool) but no one took so i turned it into bonfire material . . man fibeglass burns HOT !!!

Those dunebuggy seats look ghey !!!
You had a hood like mine and couldn't give it away so you burned it and the seats look ghey. Thanks, Don't worry about being so polite tell me how you really feel.
 

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Why is everyone busting this guys balls ? Not everybody likes the same shit or has a big budget , WTF at least he has a running boat ......
 
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