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bjoye
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Initially Posted - 07/01/2022 :  09:02:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I got tired of standing all the time in the cockpit to see over the cabin top, so I put together some low cost cat bird seats. They are made from 3/4" King Starboard. I installed a 1" SS tube removable via clamps from one corner of the stern rail to the other at the base, one on each side. 2 x 1" tubes with rubber stops take the weight, while 1" clips hold the seat firmly to the cross brace rail. The fit is a bit tight with the split back stay, but you sit about 8 inches off the cockpit seats facing forward. Great to relax and take a break.




"Frayed Knot" 1989 C-25 WK/SR #5878

Edited by - bjoye on 07/01/2022 09:03:14

islander
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Response Posted - 07/01/2022 :  13:48:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I can't recall anybody else doing this and It looks like you did a great job. Well done!

Scott-"IMPULSE"87'C25/SR/WK/Din.#5688
Sailing out of Glen Cove,L.I Sound


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Voyager
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Response Posted - 07/02/2022 :  05:09:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That’s very cool. Nicely done, simple construction.
Several years ago I built a wooden prototype for a seat raiser that would accomplish a similar thing: provide a taller seat against the stern pulpit that gave me about 6” of height. I added a boat cushion for padding. It worked OK, but a big, unsecured wooden box in the cockpit became a hazard, so I did away with it.
Your simple, secure design looks very good and easily stored. Can you use it on both tacks?

<edit> I see you made a pair - good thinking!

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

Port Captain — Milford, CT

Edited by - Voyager on 07/02/2022 16:43:40
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hlprmnky
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Response Posted - 07/05/2022 :  11:09:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I really don’t need *another* project this season (I still - still! - haven’t gotten my boat in the water but hope to this month) but these look like a really great addition to the Catalina 25 cockpit layout. Thanks for sharing and posting photos!

1985 C25 SR/FK/Trad. “Carol Lee” - #5040
Sailing Lake Michigan out of Michigan City, IN
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Voyager
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Response Posted - 07/07/2022 :  13:32:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you don’t want to DIY it, there’s always this:
https://www.zarcor.com/products/sternperch/index.php

Bruce Ross
Passage ~ SR-FK ~ C25 #5032

Port Captain — Milford, CT
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