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Thread: Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

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    Default Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

    I am about 3/4's of the way into building my 16' LYS and I was looking for ideas to build a rear bench seat to hide the fuel tanks and provide a place to relax when fishing. I was looking for ideas on how wide it should be, because I don't want to lose any more deck space than necessary. Also, I am undecided about what to build it out of, 3/4 marine plywood or plank it with 1X4 fir (spaced between the planks).
    Thank you in advance for any input on this!
    Pat

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    Default Re: Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

    Sounds like an aesthetic choice to me. Both methods would provide a suitable bench. It comes down to the look you want. Personally I would opt for the planked bench. Nothing at all wrong with using 3/4" plywood, but IMHO a wooden boat looks better with planked benches and floors.

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    Default Re: Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

    Yeah, do something a little more than just this corner seat I put in my LYS. I'm picturing an Adirondack-style seat which faces port so that you're leaning on the starboard coaming. A nice, contoured seat with a comfortable, curved back, armrests and drink holders...

    Depending on the size of your motor (and you), a couple of full fuel tanks right against the transom could add up to a lot of weight. I get the need to keep deck space clear, but you may have to shift fuel forward for a better ride. Like my wicked old skiff I had back in the 80's (below). Good luck and post pictures!


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    Default Re: Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

    The size of your fuel tank might suggest the width of the seat?

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    Default Re: Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

    My LYS is going to have a CC and a box behind it that will both house a cooler/storage, and provide a mount for the seat. I had planned to install rear seat as well. But the more I thought about the loss of deck space, and the added wgt of someone sitting back there, coupled with the wgt of a gas tank, I decided to nix it. I am going to have two transom supports that will be spaced to allow the gas tank to nestle in between them.

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    Default Re: Lumber Yard Skiff Rear Bench Seat

    Check out this link. There are endless options in seating from zip to opulent. This issue is one I will be dealing with once I get my Russel R flipped and get to decide how it will be laid out. Have fun looking.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=imag...w=1501&bih=909

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