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How Malibu Should Have Done It


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Last fall I bought a 2010 Malibu LXI. I have spent a lot of time in these boats and knew what I wanted. My boat came with the optional jump seat. I really like the extra seating space for the observer but hate that it blocks access to the open bow. I have always liked Mastercrafts hinged seat in the 197 and even more so in the newer Prostars. So I took my jump seat and modified it. I cut the original base down and added custom hinges. There is a small handle on the top. To release the back you just pull up and fold down. When you fold it back up it drops into place. If you have one of these boats you know they also removed some cupholders. So my design adds two back. The cupholders double as a support when folded down. Everything was built with HDPE material and SS. Nothing to rot or rust. I haven't had a chance to use it yet but loved how it turned out.ysvmtwpwtus1.jpg

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@skimtb I struggled finding the right hinge and locking system. The seat fits very tight in the walkway so not much room to access a release on the sides. I also wanted to access from both the front and back of the seat. This works well but was a bit expensive. I bought these hinges from Nautinox in Italy. I couldn't find anything local. Their customer service was really good. I ended up having to cut the hinges down in the back because they were hitting the side panels in the boat.
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Well done! Would love to do that to my '10 LXi. Will need to think hard about where that seat is stashed though.

 

Please let me know if you have come up with an innovative fix for that stereo remote. I swear that if you come within an inch of that thing it turns the stereo on or off.

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