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Old 05-21-2013   #1
 
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Best way to mount a seat

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I have a low-back tractor style seat I want to add onto my rig. I normally sit on my dry box, and I've seen people attach the seat directly to their dryboxes, but I don't want to pierce to top and drill any holes in my dry box. Nor do I want to pay $120 or more for a flip back seat mount. Ideally, I want something that puts the seat atop the dry box, but could be moved easily so I can get into the drybox. This is a welded home-made frame with 1 1/4 Outside Diameter tubing. Ideas?

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Old 05-21-2013   #2
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What I did on my old boat was to mount the seat onto marine plywood the length of my dry box, then used the straps that hold my dry box down over the plywood to hold the board in place. I also mounted small ammo cans on the sides for quick access.

When I needed to get into dry box, the dry box lid would lift the seat board up. When I needed to load the dry box, I'd take the board with the seat to the side. Worked pretty well and was cheap to make.

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Kazak has a nice easy solution.

What i did was weld some 1" u-channel aluminum to the top of the box. then bolt the seat thru the channel (a wrench can easily get inside the channel). My seat has adjustable slider.
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Endomadness, that's what I was going to do originally, but I had one of those cheapo FrontierPlay dry boxes and the lid wasn't sturdy enough to put a seat right on top of it. The plywood allowed me to distribute the weight on the lid. Also, I had no access to a welder
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I did about the same as kazak. I made some loop straps so makes it pretty easy to get in and out of the dry box. I also made different holes in the board so it can be adjusted for different people.
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Hand, that's a great idea with those extra holes!
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Endomadness, that's what I was going to do originally, but I had one of those cheapo FrontierPlay dry boxes and the lid wasn't sturdy enough to put a seat right on top of it. The plywood allowed me to distribute the weight on the lid. Also, I had no access to a welder
Put a piece of 3/4 plywood inside the drybox lid and bolt thru lid & plywood.
Seal the holes with silicone and the drybox will not leak (tested upside down in Lava).
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Cambridge Welding makes a seat bridge that goes over your box. 2 pieces of angle with a riser and flat bar welded together. Make the seat fully adjustable since the bolts sit in between the flat steel. Drill one hole in each angle and set in place with a U-shaped lynch pin.

Cascade Outfitters Whitewater Rafting Equipment: Seat Bridge, Cambridge

I suppose Cy could make it out of aluminum too.
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One other option for your consideration. My seat slides on to the box. This looks like a pretty slick set-up. Adjustable Seat Slider Kit
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Mad Cow Metal works did put our seat on our dry box. It is sweet. He had to use a plastic cutting board to fill in the space and silicone to seal it, but it's great.
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