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Old 09-11-2016, 12:10 PM
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We're upgrading our boat, a Scout Dorado 185, to a 23-24' class boat. We have two kids and do 50/50 between fishing and cruising. Primary reasons for upgrading:

1. Want to go a couple miles offshore
2. Need a head and extra passenger space
3. Need to stand while driving

I can certainly compromise and fish on a dual console in favor of the family friendly aspect of a dual console. But my back is not great and I find myself having to straddle the seat while driving... Hello ancle and knee pain! We've looked at several boats and haven't found a DC with a pilot seat that moves back far enough to provide the standing space of a leaning post on a CC. Any suggestions or similar experiences?

Anyone install a leaning post on a DC?

Thanks!

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You could install a seat with a flip up bolster.. This one is a bit pricey but I'm sure you can find one cheaper.
http://www.westmarine.com/buy/todd--...FdBahgodkAwBIA
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I spin my seat around backwards and lean on the ladder back. Gives good stability when it's a little bumpy.
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You will probably want to consider a tilting helm as well.
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I did try a bolster seat but still felt cramped standing... I was squashed up against the wheel, not quite the comfort I was looking for. Even on the 24' Robalo I felt tight between the bolster and wheel. I did get a "Bulster Buddy" for the scout, great product but still requires me to sit.

Ideal might be a single person leaning post retrofit...
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Originally Posted by Karl in NY View Post
You will probably want to consider a tilting helm as well.
Agreed, the wheel on a DC is a little lower than on a CC... Luckily I have long arms :-)
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I wonder if these two items could provide the solution I'm looking for:

Offset post

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Also, if forced to sit while driving, consider a suspension seat...they go from about $150 for a spring/shock pedestal to about $10,000 for an active computer-controlled compensation seat...generally only military buyers of the latter...I've seen military RIBs with 6 of those seats...must be nice.
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Ive always stood on my other boats (except the flybridge one) to drive. It did seem strange at first to sit on the DC I now have...but it does have a bolster as well. I actually like driving sitting down now (not being young anymore ) and find that sitting up on the bolster when I need maximum visibility works just fine.

Humans are very adaptable but hate to venture out of their "comfort range" and stop doing what they've been doing for years. If I could do it, so could you. Good luck in your search.
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Originally Posted by Reel Fas View Post
I spin my seat around backwards and lean on the ladder back. Gives good stability when it's a little bumpy.
I'm going to try that. I always stand in the isle next to the seat. I have nightmares of knocking my teeth out on the windshield.
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Originally Posted by Reel Fas View Post
I spin my seat around backwards and lean on the ladder back. Gives good stability when it's a little bumpy.
This is what I do on our Henry O 170 DC. Works great for us.
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I have an acquaintance who did just that in a recent accident. Horrible circumstance, literally busted up face and lost a lotta teeth. $^it can happen.

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I'm going to try that. I always stand in the isle next to the seat. I have nightmares of knocking my teeth out on the windshield.
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Originally Posted by beantownsouth View Post
This is what I do on our Henry O 170 DC. Works great for us.
I'll have to try that on the next few boats we go look at. On our scout, the backrest nearly touches the wheel when turned backwards.

Anyone ever try one of these?
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I've got a DC and the captain's seat slides back far enough that the flip-up bolster leaves me plenty of room to stand/lean.
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Put a leaning post/seat in mine. Works great just need to move my VHF as it is down too low now.
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My Robalo R247 DC has tilt steering, lots of forward/backward adjustment on the standard helm bucket seat, and a flip up bolster. I have my choice of leaning on the bolster, standing up, or sitting down.

Also a roomy head compartment, and a solid ride in all sorts of snotty weather. The 2016 models are rated for 12 passengers according to the NMMA/USCG ratings plate (previous models were rated for 10, but I don't know if the total weight capacity has changed).
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Originally Posted by HOmer72 View Post
Put a leaning post/seat in mine. Works great just need to move my VHF as it is down too low now.
Got a picture by any chance?
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The seat on my whaler flips up and slides back... plenty of room when you do it like that. I am sure there are plenty of aftermarket options that do the same thing.
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Originally Posted by 6104696 View Post
My Robalo R247 DC has tilt steering, lots of forward/backward adjustment on the standard helm bucket seat, and a flip up bolster. I have my choice of leaning on the bolster, standing up, or sitting down.

Also a roomy head compartment, and a solid ride in all sorts of snotty weather. The 2016 models are rated for 12 passengers according to the NMMA/USCG ratings plate (previous models were rated for 10, but I don't know if the total weight capacity has changed).
Very nice boat! nearly pulled the trigger on one recently but asking price was too high. 12 passenger rating is great, we are usually limited by seating capacity more so than weight...
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I always stood to drive on my Grady Tournament 19 - there was plenty of room in front of and around the seat.

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