Boat seats are bloody costly! They’re! For what you get you pay some huge cash and even the fundamental ones are over £150 with a number of the higher ones, such because the Rutland fashion, nicely over £200. Perhaps that’s an okay value if you happen to’re on a ship each week however for part-time boat fisherman its rather a lot to spend. We’ve had just a few concepts during the last 12 months or so about construct a less expensive DIY boat seat and so late final 12 months we had a go. We constructed one seat every and the outcomes have been actually reasonably good!
We began off shopping for a easy low-cost boat seat with swivel base which you’ll be able to decide up on Ebay for round £40. These seats actually aren’t too dissimilar to those you get on the TLD style of boat seat and are literally fairly snug.
For the bottom we went with 2 totally different choices. Beardy Neil went for a function constructed boat clamp. This was a bit dearer however meant no actual DIY work and a ship seat that got here in at round £70, nonetheless considerably cheaper than any model made seat and simply pretty much as good. I made a decision to go for a barely extra DIY strategy and made a base out of 18mm marine plywood. To hooked up the seat to the boat I drilled 2 holes both facet so I might loop by some ratchet straps. The wood base was then painted and the swivel base hooked up. I feel the marine ply and ratchet straps price round £15 making the grand whole for my seat round £55. Thats a 3rd cheaper than a fundamental TLD seat.
So how did they work? For our 3 day trip to Eyebrook we used each boat seats for the primary time. Beardy Neil managed to suit his seat to the boat in a short time however it grew to become obvious in a while within the day that it wasn’t as secure as he’d like and tipped ahead and backwards when leaning again on the seat. This was rapidly remedied with a strip of wooden so as to add a little bit of stability and cease the clamp shifting. My ratchet straps took some time to hooked up to the boat the primary time however after just a few days follow it grew to become rather a lot simpler. The ratchet straps truly held the seat down very firmly and there was no motion in any respect when leaning again. So after our first full day on a ship with out new seats we have been each very joyful, comfortable and never crippled up in ache after spending a day on a tough seat with our knees in our ears!