Like so many, I've been following this thread with keen interest and curiosity since you introduced the Haka Bench Seats to us a year ago tomorrow - 08/17/11. HAPPY H.B.S. ANNIVERSARY
. There's a real good reason why they've been so popular. Congratulations!
With over 18,467 views and counting... now I know why.
Without a doubt, they are the most effective accessory to date that has dramatically increased the sailing performance and overall enjoyment of our boats.
Personally, it enabled me to sail my boat faster then I thought possible. It created better trim and balance. My TI sailed flatter to the water with less "fighting the helm" and there was a noticeable difference and less pressure on the rudder so the boat was easier to steer. Oh... and I haven't even mentioned yet all the new space and leg room they created
. I'm just sorry I waited so long to build me a set.
Thanks go out to everyone who has contributed their own unique ideas and designs, but most of all Thank You NOHUHU and Batman
for so generously sharing your ideas and enthusiasm with the rest of us
My Specs: 17" wide 72" long. 16 lbs ea.
Materials: 3 1/2" x 3/4" Red Cedar boards w/ 1" spacer blocks in between. All joints glued w/ Titebond Waterproof Glue.
45 #8, 1 1/4" Phillips Head ss Steel Metal Screws to attach the 5 bottom side wood cleats. 10, 5/16ths x 2" ss Carriage Bolts to attach the 2, 54" long 1/8th x 1" Aluminium Angle underside support brackets. One coat of West Marine Penetrating Epoxy - Kit #3761707, Three coats of a UV Marine Grade Varnish.
Approx. total not including extension handle: $175
1st time out with new Haka Bench Seats installed. (If you look closely you'll see a little smile on Sun E Sailor's
Top view: (Small ss plate holds the axle of the Mirage Drive in place, rubber bumper keeps it up and off the deck, bungees hold it down)
Close up view of Mirage Drive and spare paddle in place:
Long position view of Extension Handle made with RAM Mount parts and an old aluminium roof measuring measuring stick from work:
View of handle in short position:
Close up view:
An idea I'm playing with. Some kind of a Sun Shade when I'm at anchor - just in case I want to take a nap