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Just about ready to start on rigging for a 12' glass boat with a PE-90/520 conversion . I have never had a side by side seating set up. I have had both front and rear driver rigs. Just looking for some input before I decide.
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I want to seat two people. (not building a party barge).
I'm 249.999 lbs ...HA HA ...you know what I mean.
My wife is 120 lbs .... mostly top loaded ... no wait thats my fantasy wife.
Perfect wife... she is in favor of new boat!!!! Back to boat>>>
Anyway, light boat, light riggin, ride the river, not a hunt boat, general pleasure ride boat
Thanks in advance

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I would go inline rear steer front seat facing to the rear for fantasy wife to ride in ! Just to keep a eye on her :D :D :lol: :lol: Doug

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To complete the fantasy I would only have one seat!


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Birddog247 wrote:To complete the fantasy I would only have one seat!


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OK next time I will not use the words "fantasy" and "top loaded" in thread.
I do still want input on seating setup. I am considering going to two single seats side by side.
Any of you that have this setup please chime in...






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The side by side is great for gator. I wont go back to inline. Really good if you taking the wife sight seeing.

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I just sold my family ride boat and the only thing my wifr asked for on the new boat is to make sure it has side by side seating like the last one.
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Side by side the best, had both will never go back.
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I have side by side and really don't want it any other way, you can talk to whoever is with you and you don't have to turn around to talk to them, and makes alot more room in the boat.

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With aircraft motors, most boats are front or rear seating. Most run a 7 or 7 1/2 wide hulls... Carmotor boats usually run a little wider hull. Most run an 8 or 8 1/2 wide hull. That extra foot actually make a big difference.. I wanted side by side REAL BAD when building my 470 boat for that exact reason. I wanted her to see what I saw as I was driving. And to point out things and talk to her while riding. But a good point was brought up to me. We ride thin airboat trails here in Melbourne. With that in mind, we would be smacking our heads together when we both leaned in going down trails. Beings that most of the trails have tree limbs.. So the inline seating was better of me cause we would both be in the center of the boat and she could hide behind me in the brush, when its cold she gets a break from the wind, or when the bugs are bad, she can hide behind me. Just a few thoughts. If your running open water like Kissimmee, I would not hesitate to build a side by side.. Its very nice when you can point and talk without having to take your eyes off the river..

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I have discussed various ideas for a new boat. The wife has consistently said one thing; must have side by side seating. Personally, I don't know why. I think the tandem seating with the front seat facing backwards is the best idea. And not because I want to look at the wife. I want her to pay attention to what she's doing. "Keep your damn head down and concentrate!" :lol:
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Side by side is nice until you're riding alone, making the boat lean port side (especially since you are 249.99 pounds). Then you're center of gravity is off on a machine that is already top heavy. But i'm coming from a skinny transom riveted sled background...maybe it's not such a big deal on a deep glass boat.

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Dont even notice it on my 14x8 and 249 is a little light now sorry to say.

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terrible ted wrote:Dont even notice it on my 14x8 and 249 is a little light now sorry to say.
14x8, not 12x7. 250 on the edge of a 12' glass boat will be noticeable
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inline seating voice activated headsets theyll see everything you do if you tell em and point
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Here is another option for you. My boat is 14x7.5 and I went with a double wide seat as the drivers seat and I am a little larger than you reported. I have room in that seat for cute little things or if I am driving alone I can slide to the right a little and be in the center so the boat runs level. My old boat had side by side seating with the center council in the middle and it would tip to my side when I was by my self.

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the set back on side by side if you ever ride alone the boat doesn't set strait in the water
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Great points by everyone... And there is experience in every one of them. But remember this, if you ALWAYS ride with her, then there would be no issue. But would definitely run a carmotor boat.. Thinner aircraft boat hulls lean ALOT when off balance. The wife will climb down and grab me a beer.... Umm.. a 7-Up when driving at times.. And I really gotta lean the other way when she does this... And I mean kicking my leg out and laying sideways.. LOL... and the boat runs on its side.. I can feel a HUGE difference when she shifts from right to left when its just the 2 of us. But then again, my rigging is REAL HIGH.. A lower rigging would be less and less noticeable..

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rocketman wrote:Just about ready to start on rigging for a 12' glass boat with a PE-90/520 conversion . I have never had a side by side seating set up. I have had both front and rear driver rigs. Just looking for some input before I decide.
Here is some info on boat.
I want to seat two people. (not building a party barge).
I'm 249.999 lbs ...HA HA ...you know what I mean.
My wife is 120 lbs .... mostly top loaded ... no wait thats my fantasy wife.
Perfect wife... she is in favor of new boat!!!! Back to boat>>>
Anyway, light boat, light riggin, ride the river, not a hunt boat, general pleasure ride boat
Thanks in advance

I have a few boats from DD/GPU/SBC-Geared, My sbc geared right side drive, side by side is the sweetest for overall handling and power, Yea it floats a bit to the starboard alone but once I kick in the prop I still want to lean right to counter the roll. At the time of that build a right side driver side by side geared sbc was rare. It's still a little uncommon but if your honey weight's less than you it's worth positioning yourself opposite the torque roll on a side by side.

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Has anybody ever off set seating away from the torque side to combat the single driver lean? Meaning building seat stand off set a inch or two to one side?

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bocephus.... Yes.. But they are race boats. If you have seen some of the race video's, the front left corner always wants to "dip" under water.. A few raceboats have an offset driver to the right to help counter this torque roll.. Rideboat??? Can not say that I have EVER seen an offset seat package.. Been running since 1985... With a rideboat, once you hit the gas, plane out, and let off to cruising speed... there is really no torque roll.. It just effects you when taking off in deep water..
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Southern style, if I said my wife caused all that ruckus in my boat by moving around, her leg would be up in the air kicking me in the butt, just saying

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I wouldn't go back to an inline set up.

One thing to consider though is the terrain you are going to be running. My set up is two singles without a console in between, I believe the boat originally had a double bench and was changed to two singles. I know a couple people with a side by side set up with a console between them that can have a little uncomfortable ride in tight trails. Either the driver or the passenger ends up dodging tree branches in the tight trails.

Either way I love the set up and the old lady loves it too... she hated inline.

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i like that - i just need to see were to put the console.

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