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CumberlandXstar
02-18-2013, 12:37 PM
I always have people complain that they can not see when driving my Xstar. I keep it weighted pretty rear bias and the boat naturally has a lot of bow rise when planing off. I never thought too much about it until I sat in a 2013 Star and realized how high the drivers seat sits. I am now thinking about raising my seat a few inches.

The bottom of the seat bracket is bolted down with 8 bolts into the fiberglass, so I am thinking about basically making a spacer to lift it up. Has anyone done this before?

My only real worry is the added stress on the bolts, but I am sure I can find a way to make it work. If it works out well I bet I know a short curly haired guy that would be interested in doing the same thing.

FrankSchwab
02-18-2013, 01:25 PM
I did, and it worked out pretty well. If I can get the cover off today, I'll take some photos.

I grabbed a length of 3" aluminum C Channel from the local metal surplus place, cut it to length, and placed it between the seat base and the floor. Looks pretty good, IMO, although my MC OCD isn't strong.

TxsRiverRat
02-18-2013, 01:28 PM
Please do - this is not just an issue with xstars. I will consider it for the GFs 98 PS205

thanks

carlsonwa
02-18-2013, 01:38 PM
I did, and it worked out pretty well. If I can get the cover off today, I'll take some photos.

I grabbed a length of 3" aluminum C Channel from the local metal surplus place, cut it to length, and placed it between the seat base and the floor. Looks pretty good, IMO, although my MC OCD isn't strong.

I am thinking about this as well after i get my interior put back together this winter.

Post up some pics.

Table Rocker
02-18-2013, 03:08 PM
I wanted to raise the seat on my '96 205, so I bought these on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MasterCraft-Port-and-Starboard-Seat-Risers-Black-Aluminum-/270845821744?pt=Boat_Parts_Accessories_Gear&hash=item3f0fab4330&vxp=mtr
The bottom matched the holes in the floor fine, but the top was too short for the seat slides. I took some aluminum angle and make an extension for the top and it worked out pretty well. The back of the seat is about 5" higher and the front is about 3" higher. I found some stainless steel slides to replace my old slides as well. I also used threaded inserts in the floor and stainless steel allen head screws to hold the brackets down.

I'm sure I look like a geeb with my entire head (6'2") above the windshield, but I can see everything. We had been sitting on two of the square throwable cushions for better visibility.

TxsRiverRat
02-18-2013, 03:39 PM
We had been sitting on two of the square throwable cushions for better visibility.

That's what we're doing... I'm not crazy about it...

rand49er
02-18-2013, 04:03 PM
... We had been sitting on two of the square throwable cushions for better visibility.

That's what we're doing... I'm not crazy about it...I currently use one throwable cushion in my Prostar, so I find this thread very interesting.

Skir68
02-18-2013, 04:12 PM
87' Prostar, we turned our base and re mounted the seat to it!
It gave us about 2-3" of lift. Now my wife doesn't need a throwable!

d2jp
02-18-2013, 04:53 PM
87' Prostar, we turned our base and re mounted the seat to it!
It gave us about 2-3" of lift. Now my wife doesn't need a throwable!

Liking the sound of this, will have to venture in the garage tonite and check out the base on mine.

jhall0711
02-18-2013, 05:06 PM
Liking the sound of this, will have to venture in the garage tonite and check out the base on mine.

Maybe snap some pics.... I like the idea as well but mine is not local...

drschemel
02-18-2013, 05:17 PM
I'm still using the throwable cushion. You have to have one per coast guard regs and if you are sitting on it, it is always handy if you need to use it for a lifesaving device!

CumberlandXstar
02-18-2013, 05:23 PM
Here is what the seat mount looks like from the factory. really need to clean it up down there.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/377768_10101296608847365_581621343_n.jpg

I am thinking about raising it 4" right now with 2 sections of rectangular aluminum tubing on edge that will be cross braced so they don't lean. The 8 factory bolts are accessible from the seat behind the drivers seat so I will just use longer bolts.

CumberlandXstar
02-18-2013, 05:25 PM
I'm sure I look like a geeb with my entire head (6'2") above the windshield, but I can see everything. We had been sitting on two of the square throwable cushions for better visibility.

The Xstar seat sits a ton lower. I am 6'1" and even with the seat flipped my head is still under the windshield.

FrankSchwab
02-18-2013, 05:53 PM
Snapped some pics today - please don't hate me for the mess!

This started out as a project to deal with pulled-out bolts into the floor...

willyt
02-18-2013, 09:44 PM
If it works out well I bet I know a short curly haired guy that would be interested in doing the same thing.

really? whos that?

CumberlandXstar
03-12-2013, 10:10 AM
Here it is. A 4" driver seat lift on a 2004 X-Star.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/559869_10101335788071885_968291420_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/482756_10101335788206615_1781670623_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/549239_10101335788501025_473403134_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/544523_10101335788655715_452038650_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/486073_10101335788810405_1904831955_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/6031_10101335789024975_606017418_n.jpg

Review: I am very happy with the how it turned out. I feel like I can see so much more from the drivers seat. I have not had it out on the water yet but it is an obvious difference. The steering wheel I have the adjust a little higher but it does not feel out of place or too low. If I were to go back I think I might do a 3" spacer to gain some clearance between the steering wheel and seat for when you are getting up and down. Again it isn't bad, but something I would think about.

I will report back once I get it out on the water.

Fast50dad
03-12-2013, 10:32 AM
Looks great, thanks for the pictures! Did the added height force you to buy longnecks in order to reach your beer? :D

CumberlandXstar
03-12-2013, 01:58 PM
I never put my beer down so I don't know.

thatsmrmastercraft
03-12-2013, 02:21 PM
Good answer.

fstaslp
03-12-2013, 02:26 PM
I never put my beer down so I don't know.

The man speaks the truth.

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cmarty123
03-13-2013, 09:50 AM
I have a 95 Maristar. I basically made a 8" high box out of 1" thick PVC. It would only take a few hours if you have a table saw. I screwed it together with deck screws. I've used it for a few seasons and it's solid as a rock. Won't rust and didn't have to paint it.

Sorry I can't post pics as my boat is 1 hour away...hope this idea helps!

cmarty123
05-24-2013, 09:31 AM
Some people have been asking for pics of how I raised the driver's seat. Here you go. I raised it about 8". I could have raised about 7" and been good....

bjames
05-24-2013, 12:19 PM
Does your seat have play in the rotation? I never rotate my seat and was thinking of installing a bolt/nut when the rotation lock is.

cmarty123
05-25-2013, 10:58 AM
my seat doesn't rotate. Sounds like a good idea if you don't use the rotation.

slapoutX5
06-10-2013, 12:29 AM
Mine was raised when I got it. Wasn't sure at first, but I like it. My wife is 5'3" so it really helps her out.

Aric'sX15
06-10-2013, 01:03 AM
New 2013 supras have standard power seats! Very useful!