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CumberlandXstar 02-18-2013 12:37 PM

Has anyone raised the driver's seat up?
 
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

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Originally Posted by FrankSchwab (Post 909802)
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

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I wanted to raise the seat on my '96 205, so I bought these on eBay:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/MasterCraft-...ab4330&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

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Originally Posted by Table Rocker (Post 909838)
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

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Originally Posted by Table Rocker (Post 909838)
... We had been sitting on two of the square throwable cushions for better visibility.

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Originally Posted by TxsRiverRat (Post 909844)
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

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Originally Posted by Skir68 (Post 909851)
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

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Originally Posted by d2jp (Post 909857)
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...


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