The Seat

First, the seat, (figure i: A) A comfortable seat is important because you sit a lot when navigating. Or, l ather, you should sit if you can. It's hard to think standing up, as the old saying goes—especially if your back aches, and even the strongest backs will ache leaning over a chart table for an hour or so. Luckily it s rare that a stand-up chart table won't accommodate some form of seat. With some ingenuity, you can design one that can be removed when not in use to free up the space it was intended to provide in the first place.

One kind of chart table seat I found very comfortable was cut on an arc so that (when facing forward) I was always sitting straight up-and-down regardless of the boat's heel. The seat is easy to make from 3/4-inch plywood front and back plates cut with an arc, and the seat itself is made from 1x2 slats screwed into the plywood.

The other end of the problem is the feet, (figure 1: B) For rough going, you need some way to stay wedged into the chart table seat. One nice solution is a small footstool built into the sole under the table, or a ledge on the bulkhead in front of the table. These can be custom-made for your leg length so that when in use, your legs are pinned against the bottom of the chart table, holding you in place with hands free. It's best to arrange the design so you can sit comfortably without using this brace since you only need it in rough conditions. Without a curved seat and foot brace, you may need to rig some form of seat belt system that will keep you in place when heeled over or bouncing about for any reason.

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

How To Have A Perfect Boating Experience

Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.

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