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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:32 pm 
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Hi,

Anyone aware of whether Hobie is considering designing a Pro-Angler style after market adjustable seat for the Adventure Island?

Woud seem like there would be an interest amongst AI users trying to get a more dry (less 'bum in bucket of water' experience)!

Anyone seen any good custom mods to this agent, apart from the skipper seat adaptation?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:42 pm 
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Hobie have indicated that many mods need to be made to the hull design for a PA style seat, so there is not a real possibility of an aftermarket version

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:51 am 
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It's a disappointment that a factory engineered and constructed seat for the AI like the Pro-Angler enjoys isn't part of Hobie 's R&D without having to modify the AI hull HOW HARD COULD THAT BE?

I know they would sell!!! Matt,... Are you in any position to inquire or encourage the development of such a seat?

Jim


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:15 am 
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I think the molded in bucket seat in the AI is a better style seat for that type boat. However, I'd like to see it molded in about 1-inch higher than the current version. That would pretty much get rid of the water tub.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:24 am 
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jmc wrote:
It's a disappointment that a factory engineered and constructed seat for the AI like the Pro-Angler enjoys isn't part of Hobie 's R&D without having to modify the AI hull HOW HARD COULD THAT BE?

I know they would sell!!! Matt,... Are you in any position to inquire or encourage the development of such a seat?

Jim

Jim,
Have you taken a close look at a new PA? The mods they made to the PA deck to allow for the new seat are not trivial (even though the old PA also had a "deck chair" type seat), and I suspect it would be far more logical (that is, if Hobie even think it is necessary to change the current type of seating to that used in a specialised fishing kayak like the PA) for Hobie to redesign the hull to accommodate it, rather than making lots of compromises to somehow adapt such a seat to existing hulls.

I reckon Tom is more on the money, and it would be more logical for Hobie to simply raise the seat tub level on AIs and TIs if there is sufficient demand for it.

In the meantime, it is not an expensive operation to adapt a skipper's seat to existing AIs & TIs to give many of the benefits available from the PA fishing seat.

I went OTT and added a swivelling "captain's chair" which works really well.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:21 am 
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jmc wrote:
Matt,... Are you in any position to inquire or encourage the development of such a seat?

Jim


Something we have considered. The engineers were recently playing with a Vantage seat in an AI / TI. They have the inspiration already.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 9:01 am 
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If you attach a strap style seat from gunwale to gunwale, suspending your butt just an inch or so above the present seat bottom, you have solved the problem of sitting in a tub of water. The present seat back, of course, could stay in place and serve the same purpose as before.

For me, a seat such as that in the Pro Angler isn't a particularly good idea in an AI or TI. It would prohibit movement if you did wish to hike out a bit, or move from tramp to tramp. A sailing boat requires a different seating approach which I think should be more along the lines of a suspended fabric seat bottom as outlined above. Just my opinion, of course.


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