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New Ultimate 14.5 tandem question
Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:11 PM
Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:18 AM
I watched that video before I posted here,in the video he has 3 thwarts and 2 foam blocks, I have 2 24 inch thwarts and no foam blocks,the seat has no way to lock in without the foam blocks when it's converted to solo, the boat in the video is an older model with different foot rests and storage for the thwarts,mine has no storage under the gunnels or bungees to hold anything.
Posted 07 September 2017 - 09:30 AM
Posted 07 September 2017 - 01:51 PM
Posted 07 September 2017 - 03:26 PM
Apologies for the previous mis-info on the thwarts. The original ultimate in the video did uses three thwarts to change between solo and tandem. Your model has gunnels that are the same width, unlike the original, thru the thwart positioning so only two are necessary and therefore only two 24"'s are supplied. As far as the bow thwart not fitting. Please confirm the width of the thwart being 24". You may need to stand inside the hull and apply outward pressure to the gunnels with the outside of your legs to flex the hull in order for it to fit. This isn't too uncommon with new boats but should be easier to do after an install. The seats, and more specifically the seat pans, which are the black plastic bases, install by sliding the black seat pan side edges thru the small gap of the brackets installed on the inside of the hull at each side. There are no hull brackets for the seat in the solo position, only buckle straps to keep the seat from sliding backwards.
Hope this clarifies
Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:12 PM
I have the tandem seating the way it should be, that part is good, I have the 24" thwarts installed where they should be like you said outward pressure did the trick. With the seat in the solo position per the manual sent to me through the dealer, the seat is really sloppy with lots of movement which I hate, my question now is would the foam blocks that I see at Austin Kayak help in this situation ? Would they fit the 2017 model ?
Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:02 PM
With regard to the solo seat position. Having had an older model tandem ultimate & converting it to solo while using the blocks worked pretty well for me. Some reported the closed cell foam blocks would compress over time and still allow movement but that was t my experience. I can't say with 100% certaintity that the blocks would be effective with the newer hull that you have because I haven't tried it. The hull height is the same between the two so you could try the and return if not.
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