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Old 09-06-2005, 03:29 PM
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Default How to secure a folding deck chair?

IN my 20' 1983 grady I/O I am looking to put in a bench seat forward of the engine box. I want a bench with armrests, so that my wife (or me) can sit there with our two small children (2 and 1) in the relative safety of the middle of the boat, within talking distance of me, stil have a view, etc.

I was thinking of this:

http://www.boatersworld.com/webapp/w...1073%3Bc343674

But has anyone seen any kind of floor mounts so that it "locks" into place?

Any other solutions come to mind (for obvious reasons it has to be removeable - to access the engine).

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I looked at the same thing and decided on 2 individual chairs instead. It was a good desicion b/c they are easier to move around and more comfortable for adults. Not necessary to mount them, they are very stable. When cruising they are on the boat, when fishing, they are taken off.
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I also prefer individual chairs that swivel with gimbals. The white tipped rubber tips on the legs are all you need.
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Aren't you guys thinking more in terms of adults? I would much prefer if I or my wife can hold the baby on our laps and have our son right up next to us, etc.

Anyway, found these

http://www.bluemarlinchronicles.com/tiedown.php
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Aren't you guys thinking more in terms of adults? I would much prefer if I or my wife can hold the baby on our laps and have our son right up next to us, etc.

Anyway, found these

http://www.bluemarlinchronicles.com/tiedown.php
You are right, I missed how small your kids are. The double chair is a good choice based on your current requirements. It will be a pain later (moving it, who gets to sit with Mom, etc). I still don't think you need to secure the chair. If you do, you are in water too rough for 1-2 y.o. children.
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Old 09-06-2005, 05:42 PM
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Default Re: How to secure a folding deck chair?

More for the kids - climbing into and out of a chair tends to move things around.

What would be really great is a bench seat where the back folds backwards onto the top of the engine bay and the bottom folds down. But I haven't seen one of these.
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I had two custom benches made for my boat and when deployed they make a "L" seat..If you just want to attach the bench in your pix...you can fabricate simple attachment brackets with SS bimini hardware..that's what I did..........I attach each bench with two screws easy to deploy and remove....If you're handy it's easy to make brackets that attach to the engine box...it's harder (for me ) to describe than it was to do...I'll try anyway......the seat shown has a heavy frame....here you use 8-10" piece SS tubing attach with thru bolts/nylock nuts to existing frame...use SS bimini top mounts on ends..the kind that go on end of bimini frame male end .. then us SS female mounts...like used on gunnel...attach to engine box...then just slip male end in female end.......I'm sure you know how to do this...since you have kids...hehehe.....can use screws or the thumb screw type with the knobs to attach the two connections....I think this may be as clear as mud..but I said it's easier to do than describe

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Default Re: How to secure a folding deck chair?

I have 3 young kids (oldest is 4) and strongly considered the stainless folding bench but decided to go with the individual chairs. I think the chairs are better for a couple of reasons.

1. The placement options are more numerous.
2. Easier to move and store.

My kids, especially the baby, don't like being held in one place very long. So, I figured the bench wouldn't be that much of a better option. The older kids, 3 & 4, love the chairs.

I think you will be very happy with the bench but in a year you will be sorry you didn't buy the chairs.
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