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Norcoastal
07-11-2012, 07:34 PM
As some of you may have read, I'm replacing the cushions and curtains in the cabin of my boat.

I'm trying to remove the cabin bolsters but I can't find how they're attached.

I've checked for screws but I can't seem to find any.

Has anyone removed their bolsters to be recovered?

I need to get these off.

Thanks


westhunt@airspd.net
07-11-2012, 08:28 PM
As some of you may have read, I'm replacing the cushions and curtains in the cabin of my boat.

I'm trying to remove the cabin bolsters but I can't find how they're attached.

I've checked for screws but I can't seem to find any.

Has anyone removed their bolsters to be recovered?

I need to get these off.

Thanks

Might get some help on the Proline Forum -- They would need to know the model & year of the boat. http://www.prolineowners.com/index.php?www

Good fishing !! :thumbsup:

Norcoastal
07-11-2012, 08:57 PM
I tried there, no luck.


mike carrigan
07-12-2012, 04:35 AM
I tried there, no luck.

I replaced all of mine re my 2950, but better said, had them replaced. Didn't do it myself.
Bradley, SeaBob, you guys out there?

Also, if no immediate help comes on THT, Faron @ (352) 795-4111.
He's on a limited duty schedule and I dont know if he's immediatly available but if not, PM me and I'll get you the answers.

Bruce2010
07-12-2012, 09:21 AM
I have replaced them on my 1998 2610. The backing is screwed to the cabin and the foam is glued and material stapled over on the plastic backing. The best way is to cut the material off, peel off the foam then unscrew the backing. If the screws won't come out just use a screw drive and pop them off. After I did this i took them and had new foam and covered them with sunbrella. That way you can clean them with fresh water when thwy get damp or wet. Did the cusion the same. Let me know how you do. Putting them back on is easy but you have to take your time ,there is a method. If you are going to do that let me know and I can tell you how.

Bruce2010
07-12-2012, 09:30 AM
Oh, by the way. Did you get your key problem taken care of. Its a real easy, I replied to you post on that.

Norcoastal
07-12-2012, 04:17 PM
I tried calling Faron about the keys and the bolsters but haven't gotten through yet.

So, let me get this right. Tear off the fabric, peel off the foam and the screws are under the foam?

I'm going to send the bolsters to Florida to the guy who is making my cushions.

How will I get these back on if the screws are under the foam?

brad1951
07-12-2012, 06:49 PM
If you check the area off the pleats or seams in the fabric you should be able to feel the screws and remove them with out tearing off the fabric.

Norcoastal
07-12-2012, 07:13 PM
Are the screws in the front or in the back?

Raybo Marine NY
07-13-2012, 05:14 AM
Check for pleats, or else sometimes they are screwed thru the rub rail or hull and deck flange from the outside.

mike carrigan
07-13-2012, 05:49 AM
If you check the area off the pleats or seams in the fabric you should be able to feel the screws and remove them with out tearing off the fabric.

Thanks Bradley

Bruce2010
07-13-2012, 09:03 AM
Screws are in the front of the bolster, if you are not taking the covers and foam off you will need a long phillips head bit for your driver. Since you are having them recovered anyway, take the covers and foam off.

Bruce2010
07-13-2012, 09:09 AM
Also, on the keys the cabin is a Mobella lock and the locker keys are Southco. You can get replacements.

Norcoastal
07-13-2012, 12:25 PM
Thanks Bruce, where can I getr the replacements?

I'll let you know how I do on the bolsters.

Bruce2010
07-13-2012, 01:16 PM
Just Google their names and web sites come up. Please go back to your original post on this subject and I gave you the key numbers for both types of keys. I don't have mine with me right now to give you the key numbers. On their web sites they have phone contact numbers also. Let me know if you have a problem. I will be off line for the next few days.

Bertram Bahia Mar
07-13-2012, 01:21 PM
Feel for the screws and just cut an access hole in the fabric.Don't need to remove it all.

Norcoastal
07-13-2012, 02:00 PM
Thanks so much Bruce!

Norcoastal
07-13-2012, 02:00 PM
Thanks BBM!

I'll try it tonight.

Norcoastal
07-16-2012, 11:41 AM
I got both bolsters off. I had to tear the fabric because there was no way to find the screws otherwise. It's interesting that all screws and hardware are stainless yet the staples used to keep the fabric on were not. All the staples were rusted through and practically disintegrated in front of me. The staples left a bunch of rust stains.

Anyway, after I get them reupholstered, I need to reinstall.

Bruce, you said that there was a trick or an easy way. I can only think of one. Put a screw on the end of a screw gun and push into the fabric. I'm a little concerned about tearing the new fabric when I get them back so I bet the trick is to have a washer or piece of metal or plastic around the tip of the screw gun to prefect tearing.

Am I correct?

sadfish2
07-16-2012, 12:38 PM
Whom ever does your new boltsers, could they use stainless t-nuts or bolts, so you can secure bolsters to the hull cap.

T-nut is hidden by fabric, and the threads will be opposite the bolster cover, to be through bolted from underneath the cap (assuming you can access this area).

I know Tiara & Pursuits, are done this way. I have had 3 Pro-lines, but all the cockpit bolsters slide into a rail system. A couple wellcrafts I did, the screws were hidden in the pleats.


Sorry, might not pertain to 'cabin' bolsters. I was thinking cockpit bolsters.

Norcoastal
07-16-2012, 03:30 PM
Yeah, thanks anyway. No way to access from the back in the cabin.

brad1951
07-16-2012, 04:00 PM
You might consider using what are called christmas trees, They are a compresion type fitting that are pushed into the bolster by drilling 5/16th holes with matching holes drilled in the cabin wall. We used these on some of the cabin bolsters on the larger Prolines. I would think they should be available at an upholstery shop.

Norcoastal
07-16-2012, 04:36 PM
Sounds difficult. Any other suggestions?

Raybo Marine NY
07-16-2012, 05:48 PM
Was the fabric wrapped around the whole bolster? Did they really just ram screws through the fabric?

Norcoastal
07-16-2012, 06:53 PM
The fabric was wrapped around and stapled on the back. The back was up against the sides Steel rusty staples.

Everything else on the boat is top notch.

Ya gotta wonder what they were thinking.

Bruce2010
07-17-2012, 08:45 AM
If the person putting on the new fabric is going to put pleats on them then all you have to do is get a couple of ice picks, line up the bolster, put the pick through the fabric into the hole in the cabin wall. This will hold it in place. Then use a long round shaft screw driver, pull the pleat to the side, put the screw in the hole and HAND tighten. It takes time but you will not mess up the new fabric. I did mine different than what you are doing. I did not have any pleats and I used a long screw and put a button cap on the screw head so the result is the bolster is Tuffed, not smooth. I did not retro the cabin but went with sunbrella on all. If you feel you don't want to chance it, when you get the bolsters back, hire someone to do the install it will not take them long.

Norcoastal
07-17-2012, 10:25 AM
Thanks Bruce.

Norcoastal
07-19-2012, 02:37 PM
To Bruce2010

I ordered the keys. You were right, 843 and 751. 40 bucks for a pair of each including shipping.

Thanks for the help!

Steve

seabob4
07-19-2012, 02:48 PM
Ah, fun with cabin bolsters...

There is an alternative way of mounting them. Attach short lengths of aluminum L-brackets to the backsides of the bolsters. Then attach the brackets to the shelves they sit in front of...

Of course, if they are simply bolsters that hide the liner/hull-to-deck joint, then screws through the bolsters under the pleats or folds is the only way...

Norcoastal
07-19-2012, 04:26 PM
Thanks seabob. Is the screw option a dyi or should I seek a pro?

Norcoastal
07-26-2012, 01:06 PM
Has anyone velcro'd their cabin bolsters to their cabins?

I wonder if Velcro is strong enough?

fishingfun
07-26-2012, 01:23 PM
You can always use thes to cover any screw heads.

http://www.pro-dec.com/screw-caps-screw-covers/12-12-snap-caps



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