Now if we could just get some nice steady wind over here (not these crazy storm driven bursts that last only 2 hours) I could go out sailing again.
I know about the seats at West, I checked them out and they do look very comfortable and inviting. My only concern is that when I unzipped the material and looked at the mechanism inside that allows them to go up and down it was plain metal not ss. I'm afraid they'd rust up pretty fast. West does have a 90 day warranty though so that might be work, at least through November
As for the RAM stuff, I ordered my parts through this company: http://www.gpszone.com
they were extremely helpful. They use the same part numbers that RAM uses. If you want to see the parts first go to http://www.rammount.com
These are the 3 parts I ordered through gpszone. With shipping it came to $28.65.
1, RAM 1" Tough-Ball with 1/4"-20 x 6.25" Male Threaded Post - Part # RAP-B-379U-252062
1, Male Octagon Button with 1/2" Pipe Clevis - Part # RAP-321U
1, RAM Single Socket Arm with Octagon Socket - Part # RAP-B-200-1U
What I did to attach the RAM 1/2" Pipe Clevis to my old aluminium measuring stick was I made a short, 3 1/2" stub from solid 1/2" aluminium rod. I first tapped 12/13" threads into the inside of the end of the measuring stick. I then threaded down about an 1 1/2" on the end of the aluminium rod stub with the same 1/2/13" threads. The rod then easily screwed into the end of the measuring stick with about 1 1/2" un-threaded rod exposed. It fit right into the end of the Pipe Clevis and made a very strong connection into my old measuring stick. I should post some pictures of what I did.
Stringy, are you following this?
See, I'm not just a wood purest Tree Hugger