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HOW TO MOUNT SWIVEL SEATS IN A JON BOAT


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#1 Guest_muddy_*

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Posted October 10 2007 - 07:21 PM

Hey Fellas; After 6 years of use I am retiring my little 12 green v hull aluminum row boat. I am going to a jon boat. I want to put swivel seats, right onto the bech seats. I did it in the old boat, buy screwing boards onto the bench seats, bolting them onto the aluminum seats then secured the swivel seats onto the boards
 I like low profile more than the high seats and i saw a small pedastel, 5 1/2 inches at Wal mart and want to know if any one every used these and the best way to Install them?
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Posted October 10 2007 - 07:43 PM

If I understand you correctly I would say just used some self taping screws.  Go with quality screws.
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Posted October 10 2007 - 07:53 PM

If I understand you correctly I would say just used some self taping screws. Go with quality screws.



THANKS CLAYTON, I really want to say something about the last part of your post but I will be good,, NAH>> WE ALL KNOW THAT QUAILTY SCREWS ARE ALWAYS THE BEST

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Posted October 10 2007 - 08:39 PM

I used this seat mount which installs into this base plate.  These have worked really well on my Jon boat.  I noticed my wal-mart started selling these, is this what you are talking about?

I installed the base plate on a piece of wood which is attached to the bench seats with self-tapping screws.  The base plate has the long piece sticking up and this gives me the right amount of height.

I can provide a picture if you want more detail.
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Posted October 10 2007 - 09:02 PM

I used this seat mount which installs into this base plate. These have worked really well on my Jon boat. I noticed my wal-mart started selling these, is this what you are talking about?

I installed the base plate on a piece of wood which is attached to the bench seats with self-tapping screws. The base plate has the long piece sticking up and this gives me the right amount of height.

I can provide a picture if you want more detail.



I also have these on my 14' john boat.  Never had any problems with them.
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Posted October 10 2007 - 09:12 PM

This was more of what I was thinking, the one on the left

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Posted October 10 2007 - 09:49 PM

Those might actually be better.  Mine will squeak from time to time due to the spring on the bottom.  Those also look more sturdy, just make sure they swivel. :)
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Posted October 11 2007 - 01:34 AM

Those might actually be better. Mine will squeak from time to time due to the spring on the bottom. Those also look more sturdy, just make sure they swivel. :)


you have to bolt the swivel onto to it

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Posted October 11 2007 - 02:54 AM

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The good thing about this system is it allows for removal when not needed. All you need can be gotten at wal-martl. Base, pedastal, swivel, and seat. One other item I would recommend woud be wood backer if possible.
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Posted October 11 2007 - 05:38 AM

The only issue with the peds you want to use is that there are only 4 mounting holes.  Check out mine below.  6 holes.  I also cut a small hole in the side of the bench seat (matches hole in bow bench) so I could get my hand up and get nuts on the bolts for the pedestal.  Very little foam needs to be removed.  I finished the hole with the same "edge" guard  used on bow seat hole (found it at napa)

Now I also have 2 more small storage areas in the bench;s.  I use the hole in middle bench to store my drift anchor and the rear hole holds a small set of basic tools and epoxy weld.

These pedestals are short so you can put feet on floor or bench. (that's the nice part about the shorty style pedestal, keeps center of gravity low also)

The seats also remove from these pedstals for upside down winter storage or if you go out alone (I remove front seat if alone)

Also, doing it this way keeps you from adding more weight (wood on benches, not necessary)

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Posted October 11 2007 - 06:04 AM

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The good thing about this system is it allows for removal when not needed. All you need can be gotten at wal-martl. Base, pedastal, swivel, and seat. One other item I would recommend woud be wood backer if possible.



Hey George: What is a wood backer?

This and LBH's way will probablly be the way I go

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Posted October 11 2007 - 06:05 AM

The only issue with the peds you want to use is that there are only 4 mounting holes. Check out mine below. 6 holes. I also cut a small hole in the side of the bench seat (matches hole in bow bench) so I could get my hand up and get nuts on the bolts for the pedestal. Very little foam needs to be removed. I finished the hole with the same "edge" guard used on bow seat hole (found it at napa)

Now I also have 2 more small storage areas in the bench;s. I use the hole in middle bench to store my drift anchor and the rear hole holds a small set of basic tools and epoxy weld.

These pedestals are short so you can put feet on floor or bench. (that's the nice part about the shorty style pedestal, keeps center of gravity low also)

The seats also remove from these pedstals for upside down winter storage or if you go out alone (I remove front seat if alone)

Also, doing it this way keeps you from adding more weight (wood on benches, not necessary)

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It's a toss up between wht you and Mr.Welcome sugggest. I am getting the boat in March, when i finish paying it off, then I will go to work turning it into my fishing rig!

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Posted October 11 2007 - 06:11 AM

Might be a good time to get that visit in :)

If I come down, we could bang it out together in an hour.

Is the old boat going to someone in the "Muddy's recovery assistance program"?

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Posted October 11 2007 - 06:14 AM

Might be a good time to get that visit in :)

If I come down, we could bang it out together in an hour.

Is the old boat going to someone in the "Muddy's recovery assistance program"?



Yea< I gave it to a guy who just made his year, how'd u know?

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Posted October 11 2007 - 06:49 AM

Some actions are "predictable", once you know the facilitator :)

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