Let’s see your wheelhouse bench seating

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  1. Raider Ronnie

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    Started some demolition removing up galley. Don’t need a sink in my wheelhouse (have a sink in the enclosed head down below) or countertop taking up the whole port side.
    Need L bench seating (with storage below) for charters.
    Going to construct it as a bed also.
    Relocating fridge, microwave and tackle storage to stb side behind helm seat incorporated into a counter high tackle station.
    Post up pictures of yours if you have bench seating as I’m looking for ideas to compare to my plan.
     

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    I don't have any good pics of just my settee, but here's what I can produce. This is of course factory original. Its a laminated plywood seat pan, and hinged back. It pulls out to make a double bed. The seat pan has two foldable legs for support at mid and forward corner. The aft section of the seat pan is supported by a wood chalk/slide mounted to the winter back/aft bulked. Under the settee there are two large drawers.

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    I worked on a custom built charter boat out in HI, it had a helm station starboard side forward and a booth style seat/table that converted into a bed behind it. Port side it had a large settee and the backrest folded up to form a bunk with a large bed below. It was a great layout for long runs and overnight trips where everyone could find a bunk. (She had four bunks up forward as well)
     
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    I’m just in the demolition & design stage at this point.
    Plan to go crawl around a few friends boats that I know have L bench seats for ideas and see how theirs are constructed to maximize the space & storage.
    Have a few obstacles to deal with (relocating hydraulic tank, ac-heat unit & oil change pump & manifold)
     

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    The plan is something like this but a bit wider & higher so I can sleep on it.
     

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    We cut out hatches in these since the photo was taken. 30 inches wide they make for a comfortable day bunk as well as seating and storage. I like the day bunk running port to starboard so you dont get rolled out of it on those shitty nights
     

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    Jim, thats the dream way of doing it! I like the other seat facing forward too...
     
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    My layout will have a day bunk that will hinge up to give full access to the port side engine hatch but still have some storage space with the two boxes.
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    Jim did you splash this beast yet or did I just miss it?
     
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    No blitz we had a hard time getting the truck up there to haul us to the ramp and it was late in the season so we just left it up there to save on dock fee and insurance. We plan on splashing her in April then put the mast on and finish the wiring and sea trials.

    She is officially going up for sale next week as plans have changed and shes just too big for what we are now looking to do down south full time. Its not a fire sale if we dont get our price I will have one big ass kingfish and sword boat down in Fla.
     
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    These are the seats on the Judge 32 Chesapeake very comfortable and set high enough that you have a good view out the front
    windshield. if you have enough room I would leave about 18in gap in front between end of bench and main bulkhead and carry the foot rail around so you can sit facing forward on it also. there are a good amount of pics on their web site

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