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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Boat seat arrangements...

    Think it sits on top of the seat, the 3" fencepost is required to give enough hight above the boat seat for the clamp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aenoon View Post
    Am I missing something here, or just being a dufus, but....
    Col, how do you fit the turnbuckles on the bow seat, through the buoyancy tanks as in the picture you refer to?

    regards
    bert
    Sorry, I maybe left out a bit info. When I am in the bow, I just use the seat with the clamp. The board is not required. If there is just a bow thwart with no buoyancy tank, I can tighten up the clamp with the turnbuckles. I take Mattybhoy's point about the ratchet straps going right under the buoyancy tank. I have a strap and will try it when that is the best option - I can hook the 2 ends onto the side clamps. However, the strap needs to be detachable, rather than a permanent replacement for the clamp, as there are some boats that just will not take a strap. I was in one today on the Black Loch...


    I could have used the seat with clamp only and been careful with leaning sideways, but I was better with the the converted Bob Church lengthways across the thwarts.

    The idea was to have the most options for the least hardware.

    Col
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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    Think it sits on top of the seat, the 3" fencepost is required to give enough hight above the boat seat for the clamp.
    Sorry for the confusion John - it's tricky to describe everything in one go.

    The oak board is only for the horseshoe thwart type boats, which I seem to fish in a lot. I'm also very often on the engine, due to being corrie-jookit. The 3 inch blocks add a bit of height to make the seat just the right height for sitting in. Hopefully the post above explains the rest.

    Col
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  4. #14
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    Default Re: Boat seat arrangements...

    Admirable work col.I'm still bouncing around on bench seats on my Sheelin, but age/back is rapidly demanding a seat.Some good ideas there......

  5. #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by Overheadkev View Post
    I'm still bouncing around on bench seats on my Sheelin, but age/back is rapidly demanding a seat...
    Cheers. As Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard said - "Weeda taken much better care of ourselves, if weeda known weez gonna live this long."

    I had the new 'horseshoe Sweeney' arrangements through to a double-header at Menteith and our club water Sat/Sun, and ended up with a 'normal' boat both days! However, I tried it in a 'Menteith horseshoe' to check I had my measurements OK, and it fitted fine...



    I also sized up the ratchet strap with the bow thwart/buoyancy tank, and the problem is that the short end from hook to buckle is too long. The buckle wants to be under the tank at the point you want to start ratchetting. Needs some surgery done so that the buckle hooks directly on to the clamp and lies against the side of the tank. Should be do-able OK.

    Col
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  6. #16
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    Default Re: Boat seat arrangements...

    Has anyone tried attaching a boat seat swivel clamp ( like the one on Capn Fishy photo ) to a reservoir boat thwart simply using four little wooden wedges , two on each side ?
    It works fine on scaffold planks and it would save having to fiddle about with ratchet straps . The boats are shut down on my local ressie so it will be next season before I can try it out in earnest . I have put a photo in my gallery but cannt manage to attach it to this post
    Just thought I would ask if anyone had already tried .
    Rgds Howard

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    That looks like a pefectly good alternative way of securing it Howard. Only thing is how big the wedges need to be to cover the range of gaps they will encounter, if used on a variety of boats. If they only need to fit a couple of boats it should be quite simple. Also might depend on whether they tend to fall out when shifting one's weight from side to side. Just need to suck it and see, eh?

    I dunno how to pick up the JPEG link from your gallery, but I can put in a link to the photo, which is here...

    Possible seat fixing to thwart - Fly Fishing Forums Gallery

    However, you should be able to add the photo to your post. In the message dialogue box in the bottom right corner there is a [Insert photo from your gallery] link. Clicking on that should take you to your gallery, from where you can select the photo to add to the post.

    Col

    PS: Just looking at the clamps, they are obviously different sizes. You have one with a short distance to the bottom bar. I think I have one with a much wider distance to fill...?

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    Default Re: Boat seat arrangements...

    Capn Thanks very much for adding my photo . For some reason the forum system wont let me attach anything .
    I agree my clamp looks shorter , I bought it using the link you posted , so it may be an optical illusion or they may have changed the design. I have a 5 cm "gap" between the rests which sit on the thwart and the top of the bar that runs parallel to the thwart.
    It will be interesting to see if anyone else has tried the wedge idea . They are so easy to make and simple to tap in place .Pity it will be next season before I can test the theory.
    Rgds Howard

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyro10 View Post
    I agree my clamp looks shorter , I bought it using the link you posted , so it may be an optical illusion or they may have changed the design.
    Aye, I think that one you have is a different design. My one came from Cabelas in the 1990s. You might have the same one my mate bought for his new seat, which is the one in the bows here...



    If the buoyancy tank wasn't there, you could just about get a set of wedges in under the thwart. Actually, looking at yours again, it looks intermediate in size between our two.

    Col
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  10. #20
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    Default Re: Boat seat arrangements...

    Thanks for checking . I will let you know next season how it goes.
    Rgds Howard

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