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Old 08-03-2014, 01:19 PM   #21
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Our settee has a curve where the two sides join. I hate it. You can't prop yourself up in the corner to read or nap. Designed by the devil. It will be gone this winter after boating season when I start the renovations. Keep the ideas coming, I will use them this Fall.
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:38 PM   #22
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Just wish I had the time to convert our settee into a dinette.
Hey….that would be a nice little project to put right here on the forum. Why not do it? Is yours built-in…molded glass, etc.?
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:17 PM   #23
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There are boats have underway seating and in port seating...each appropriate for the need....and the need greatly varies on how one boats.

Smaller vessels where everything is dual purpose often benefit from nothing built in that doesn't fold up/away and other seating is moveable yet securable.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:41 AM   #24
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So I took my settee out and put in a small couch that can convert to a bunk.

When we get the other projects done I will build in the custom couch. I built one in a 2550 Bayliner I had and it was awesome. Search the web on how they build a couch. There is not much to it. You buy the spring material and cut it to length with a bolt cutter and basically design what you want. I had an upholstery shop build the fusions as I was horrible at that part! You can rebuild a shaped couch where your current settee is.

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Old 08-05-2014, 03:08 AM   #25
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I have the fore and aft facing dinette, and hate the fact that it can't be turned into a decent second bunk for a couple. I am considering turning my fore and aft into an L settee, and pulling the deck out of the floor that raises your feet to match the table height. You can see out the window, but who rides back there? I drive :-) I want to sleep and seat four adults in comfort.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:35 AM   #26
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Gotta admit on long runs I'm not at the helm all the time and have been known to take a snooze on the settee. And friends have slept there at night. So I guess I don't hate the settee all the time.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:17 PM   #27
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Here's how I did our saloon. Made new furniture with storage everywhere. The piece spanning the two benches tips up to allow access behind the bulkhead, as well as allow the engine room hatch to open fully. The bench back tips forward to provide storage for charts and nav gear. The rocker can be stowed against the wheel to allow the starboard engine hatch to open. Behind the rocker is a fold away nav table.
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:23 AM   #28
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I love the swing out spot for the adult beverages.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:15 PM   #29
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One of the other forums that I frequent, peeps have been using the pontoon boat furniture in their pilot houses. Very durable, storage under, many modular configurations and no wood in the construction. Priced reasonably, even with shipping. A common problem is that it is too low, so some have built 6-8' platforms for it to sit on.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:13 PM   #30
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Funny thing, we have a Sammy on board too:



Thanks all! Keep those good ideas and pictures coming!
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:14 PM   #31
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I wondered if pontoon boat furniture might be a good idea. Glad to hear others have confirmed it. Every time we go to Bass Pro Shops we get closer to dragging a pontoon boat home with us. Not very attractive to look at but they sure are comfortable to lounge on.
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Old 08-13-2014, 06:15 PM   #32
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Here's how I did our saloon. Made new furniture with storage everywhere. The piece spanning the two benches tips up to allow access behind the bulkhead, as well as allow the engine room hatch to open fully. The bench back tips forward to provide storage for charts and nav gear. The rocker can be stowed against the wheel to allow the starboard engine hatch to open. Behind the rocker is a fold away nav table.

Nice looking work Bilgewater! I have a hankering to put together some built in furniture in the saloon myself one day.


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Old 08-13-2014, 06:46 PM   #33
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My saloon sleeps three. The port settee expands into a double berth but we haven't had the need for it yet. We take daytime snoozes on opposite settees when guests are absent.

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Old 08-14-2014, 10:18 AM   #34
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The problem is real comfortable seating needs to be built like a couch or quality chair , that means springs and padding.

NOT a cushion on a chunk of plywood.

The RV folks have what is called zero clearance couches with complex mechanisms that allow the bottom to pull out as the rear cushion goes down.

Comfortable to sit on and not bad as a emergency bed.
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:37 AM   #35
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Has anyone tried raising an "L" shaped settee? My wife hates to look at the bulkhead across from the settee. Need an other 4-6 inches to be able to look out the window. She's 5' 10" so she's not a short person. (No offense to short people)
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We need to do that too for the same reason and others.

The present seat in Willy is basically a wood box like structure. I'm thinking of building about a 5" open bottomed box extension to access the storage in the existing seat/box. Or just build all new. It's just simple carpentry.

But I agree wid your wife. Want to see out and for me I want to be facing fwd or aft .... not sideways.
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Old 08-19-2014, 10:14 AM   #37
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Has anyone tried raising an "L" shaped settee? My wife hates to look at the bulkhead across from the settee. Need an other 4-6 inches to be able to look out the window. She's 5' 10" so she's not a short person. (No offense to short people)
I have a u shaped dinette in my pilot house. The previous owner had it raised about 8". I have an extra set of drawers across the the base which come in extremely handy. This also improved the view forward for those sitting at the dinette. However it is so tall that short people need a stool to climb in. In my salon I have couch that is comfortable but a little low for my old knees. I'm going to raise it about 5" with a platform and slots for TV trays as we often eat sitting on the couch in the salon and at the bar in the galley. It turns out that having the dinette in the bridge it is only used when we are entertaining or underway. The Bayliner 4788 had an excellent arrangement with a well shaped settee that had huge storage underneath and a table that had a steel base that telescoped up and down and folding leaves to provide eating or entertaining heights. The steel base allowed the table to slide around the salon providing space flexibility. Having a built in settee allows storage underneath something a loose couch doesn't offer.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:17 PM   #38
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My project for next year will be recovering and bolstering the saloon settee. Taking out the dinette table and replacing it with an ottoman made a huge difference. However it needs deeper, thicker cushions and slanted backs. I think I have figured out how to do it. I also want to cover the cockpit bench seating with a stripe Sunbrella fabric.

Enough projects for this year. Time to stop and cruise for awhile.
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My project for next year will be recovering and bolstering the saloon settee. Taking out the dinette table and replacing it with an ottoman made a huge difference. However it needs deeper, thicker cushions and slanted backs. I think I have figured out how to do it. I also want to cover the cockpit bench seating with a stripe Sunbrella fabric.

Enough projects for this year. Time to stop and cruise for awhile.
Next time your at "Flagler" go to Marine Exchange and peruse the Sunbrella selection. When the former owners owned it, it was the cheapest Sunbrella in the country.....according to them. YMMV.

PS Capn Don, Headed to NY tomorrow, then a tandem tow to Jamaica From NY. Be outta touch until mid Sept. Any plans for ST Aug?
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Next time your at "Flagler" go to Marine Exchange and peruse the Sunbrella selection. When the former owners owned it, it was the cheapest Sunbrella in the country.....according to them. YMMV.

PS Capn Don, Headed to NY tomorrow, then a tandem tow to Jamaica From NY. Be outta touch until mid Sept. Any plans for ST Aug?
Hey Capt. Jack. Grandson was home for the summer, and he just went back to St. Augustine for school. Don't know when I'm coming back down, but if you are in Jax will try to stop and see you and Larry. Maybe you can bring us some cheap rum from Jamaica. Have a safe trip.
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