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I got some serious problems trying to adjust my Nomad seat. I've gotten the pics from Matt (thanks Matt) but still having diffuculty. I have a 2005 version of the Nomad, so not sure if things have changed or not. I'm trying to move my seat 1 inch forward. I took out all the screws as prescribed. But my seat won't slide forward more than 1/2 inch or so. The problem is the lip of the seat (towards the bow of the boat in front of the water bottle holder) is hitting the bottom of the plastic pillar, and not allowing me to side it further foward, again I need to be able to slide it about 1/2 inch more. So I've thought of possible options. I could cut some of the front foam pillat out, and move the entire plastic pillar / step thing forward to give me clearance. Or I could notch out the seat a little to give me clearance that way. I'm leaning towards notching out the seat, because if you shove the plastic pillar further forward it puts more stress on the hull, and doesn't fit right. Please, any suggestions would greatly help. Thanks

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Have you seen this problem before with the older 2004 Nomads? I had buddies that moved there seat about 1.5 inches in the 04 version and didn't have issues. Maybe the 05's have a little different design. What type of tool do you think would be best to make the notch with. I have a dremel tool with a little cutting disk that might work. Any structural implecations by notching the seat? Thanks Hobie.

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Yeah that would be cool. Your not in denver though anymore, right?
I think I can get it, just a little frustrating. Do you agree though, that moving the seat an inch or so, makes the boat boof, and turn better?
 

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No, im back in the mountains. And yes, moving the seat will help if you need it. Im a bit taller (and fatter) so it is fine where it is for me. The dremel will work well. Cut lil' bits at a time, you can always remove more. I have not however found anyone that needed it moved further forward then about that 1/2 inch. That small move will make a big difference if you find it is a bit big for you..

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Well hmm. I actually haven't paddled the boat yet. I'm 5'9, 160, so the boat definetly fits good. It just sounds like other people have had really good results, so that is why I am keen on doing it now while I have time. Once the creeks start going it's on, and I didn't want to take time out to fix the seat, especially if I'm outta town. I just hate boats that squirt (had a bad experience with the Phat), and want to do whatever I can to prevent that. So you think I should just move it the 1/2 inch, or go for the full inch. Is it bad if the stern sits a little bit more out of the water than the bow? thanks Hobie
 

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I would go 1/2 inch and then paddle it. To be honest I would have paddled it first. It may be just perfect for you.

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yeah I kinda started thinking that, about halfway thru the project. I'll just do the 1/2 inch and call it good, cause I am towards the upper weight limit for the 8.1. Thanks

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Mike,

Sounds like I'm about your height and about 10lbs lighter. I got a Nomad 8.1 two weeks ago. Got it on the water right away, and it felt a little stern heavy (I tend to have a bunch of stuff in my boat). So moved the seat up 3/4" and paddled it again last weekend. Water was bigger and pushier and it felt just about perfect. I plan on giving it another day or two paddling before I decide if that's where I really want it.

Also, not sure if I have an '04 or '05 model, but I did have to use a crowbar, hammer, and other tools to move the seat forward since I didn't have any help at the time. It would nice if by design you could easily adjust the seat position..

Good luck!
 

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My major concern with moving the pillar forward would not be putting stress on the hull, but reducing the clearance between the bulk head and the leading edge of the pillar and therefore increasing the risk of foot entrapment.

I weigh in just under 140lbs & am about 5' 10". I moved the seat about an inch. I put alot of kit in the back of my boat and needed to move it that far. If I didn't carry loads of stuff 1/2 an inch would have been fine for me.

I'd try it at 1/2 an inch first. I think if you move it forward an inch you weight will be too far forward. While this wont have any major effect on nornal paddling, it will on the steep. When tuck forward when running drops you will end up planting the rocker on landing, and will therefore not be on the surface in control. You might also have your weight to far forward to punch holes as the rocker wont skip through the foam pile, but slow you down and stall the boat.
 

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Thanks guys for the suggestions. Finished er up last night, and it fits like a glove! I ended up moving the seat forward 1/2 inch. I think it will work great! Bring on the water!!

Mike
 
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