Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Upholstery

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-18-2008, 04:57 PM
moleson10's Avatar
moleson10 moleson10 is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Boat: xStar, 2008, LY6
Location: Northwest
Posts: 164
PS 197 rear seat bent?

Did a search and no luck so I'll give this a try.

My boat is a 06 197 and like other's I've seen the rear seat bottom cushion is bowed down (bent) from too much weight on it. I was able to straighten it but it's sure to go back. I never abuse the boat but when we raft up with others and big people walk on it, it bends. It really is under-engineered. There's an aluminum strut that looks to be about 1 1/4" square underneath supporting all that load.

What are you guys who've had the same issue doing? Does MC have a fix for it or do I have to engineer something?

Thanks in advance, Mike
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-18-2008, 04:59 PM
Sodar's Avatar
Sodar Sodar is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Boat: '07 ProStar 197 w/ MCX
Location: Seal Beach, CA
Posts: 11,060
I have never read of this happening on the newer 190/197's. It used to happen on the older 190's, but this is the first I have heard of it. No one steps on my seats, so I cannot comment. I am sure even if MC will not repair, that you can get the new honeycomb base and have your existing foam and upholstery put onto that.
__________________
-Cameron
2007 ProStar 197
1996 ProStar 190
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:02 PM
ncsone's Avatar
ncsone ncsone is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Boat: 2005 197TT #28 of 100
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 685
I wonder if you could order more of those Al support bars from MC and add them to the bottom of the cushion. Or, just get something similar at Home Depot or Lowes and make your own. 2 or 3 along the bottom has to be better than 1.
__________________
2005 ProStar 197TT, #28 of 100

Broken Bow, OK vacation cabin for rent -
www.sipnskicabin.com
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:07 PM
Sodar's Avatar
Sodar Sodar is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Boat: '07 ProStar 197 w/ MCX
Location: Seal Beach, CA
Posts: 11,060
Yeah, 2 or 3 would really stiffen it up. You would still need to strip the upholstery though, as the support bar is through-bolted, I believe.
__________________
-Cameron
2007 ProStar 197
1996 ProStar 190
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:12 PM
ncsone's Avatar
ncsone ncsone is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Boat: 2005 197TT #28 of 100
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 685
Sodar - you are right. You would have to pull the vinyl and foam off, bolt it up and then re-stitch it all back together.

BTW, Sodar - how do you get in and out of the back of your boat if you do not step on the rear 'trunk'. Do you have people sit on it and spin around? Just curious.
__________________
2005 ProStar 197TT, #28 of 100

Broken Bow, OK vacation cabin for rent -
www.sipnskicabin.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:14 PM
Sodar's Avatar
Sodar Sodar is offline
MC Master Poster
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Boat: '07 ProStar 197 w/ MCX
Location: Seal Beach, CA
Posts: 11,060
Quote:
Originally Posted by ncsone View Post
Sodar - you are right. You would have to pull the vinyl and foam off, bolt it up and then re-stitch it all back together.

BTW, Sodar - how do you get in and out of the back of your boat if you do not step on the rear 'trunk'. Do you have people sit on it and spin around? Just curious.
I leave my trunk door open or have them spin on there butts and spin... It is just a known rule. I usually just leave the trunk open though, it seems like people naturally step over the seat that way.
__________________
-Cameron
2007 ProStar 197
1996 ProStar 190
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:20 PM
moleson10's Avatar
moleson10 moleson10 is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Boat: xStar, 2008, LY6
Location: Northwest
Posts: 164
Thanks for the replies guys. FYI, the bottom cushion structure is OK, just the alum strut was bent. I know I can fix it if I:

1. Replace the aluminum strut with steel or larger section aluminum. Just cut and drill to match the existing.
2. Reinforce the existing aluminum strut with U channel of some kind.

Just curious how others have dealt with it. Maybe I'm unique but I don't think so. When I was shopping for my boat I saw used ones that had the same problem. You may want to check yours. I didn't really notice it right away except that it became hard to fit the cushion back into it's low position. You know how you have to shove it in underneath the back cushion and the bottom fiberglass raised section. It started putting up quite a fight and when I looked at it, I noticed it was bent.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:30 PM
ncsone's Avatar
ncsone ncsone is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Boat: 2005 197TT #28 of 100
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 685
Good luck with your repair. I have never had that problem, but it does not surprise me. When I first got my boat, it was surprised that that bar was all that was under there for support. My flexes every now and then, but has never bent permanently.
__________________
2005 ProStar 197TT, #28 of 100

Broken Bow, OK vacation cabin for rent -
www.sipnskicabin.com
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:43 PM
moleson10's Avatar
moleson10 moleson10 is offline
TT Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Boat: xStar, 2008, LY6
Location: Northwest
Posts: 164
Quote:
Originally Posted by ncsone View Post
Good luck with your repair. I have never had that problem, but it does not surprise me. When I first got my boat, it was surprised that that bar was all that was under there for support. My flexes every now and then, but has never bent permanently.

Thanks

BTW, your boat is one of my favorite TTs. I like to 07 too but the 06, not so much.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-18-2008, 05:50 PM
ncsone's Avatar
ncsone ncsone is offline
MC Fanatic
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Boat: 2005 197TT #28 of 100
Location: DFW, TX
Posts: 685
Thanks! I lucked out and got the best color combo they made. I am a big fan of the 07 color scheme as well, but I am not sure I would trade mine for it.
__________________
2005 ProStar 197TT, #28 of 100

Broken Bow, OK vacation cabin for rent -
www.sipnskicabin.com
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:16 AM.