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  • Seat hinges for cooler seat?

    I know MC has fancy hinges for the seat bottom where the cooler goes, but they're not standard on all the boats and they're a non-typical Z shaped looking thing.
    I've been going to add them for a while but haven't gotten around to getting the parts.

    While using my buddy's 'BU last week, his side seats are hinged at the front with a piano hinge so that they flip up from the back.

    Thinking this is a good idea for the side seats, especially the one with the cooler under it on my X2 and it's cheap. Can get a length of stainless piano hinge for like $30.
    Has anyone done this?
    If so, does the front edge of the seat sit up noticably higher with the hinge sandwiched in between the seat base and tub?
    '06 X2 MCX

    "I understand why some people may not want to do this the way I have recommended but I can't understand the death grip some people have on a toilet plunger with a hose fitting." -JimN

  • #2
    thrall......some pictures of the "lift" up seats and cooler - hbomb
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    • #3
      Wow, you get a new boat?

      Thought you had an old(er) X2.
      I've seen the MC setups and the hinges and hardware are not cheap. That's why I was thinking piano hinge.
      '06 X2 MCX

      "I understand why some people may not want to do this the way I have recommended but I can't understand the death grip some people have on a toilet plunger with a hose fitting." -JimN

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      • #4
        Love it , I have an X2 also and everytime we go in the cooler we wish they had put it behind the drivers seat........... someone has to get up everytime we use it . Plus you have to put the seat some where when your in it
        2007 X2 Slider MCX It's Orange and white

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        • #5
          Mastercraft X2

          I agree. I have an X2 and it's not the best set up. We were talking this last weekend while in the boat and said every boat should have an easy set up to get to the cooler and a built in trash can. It blows my mind there's no built in trash can on every boat. It's either in the way or under a seat.

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          • #6
            Built in garbage can is a great idea too. ALways have one flyin around inside the boat until there's enough empties in it to hold it down.
            Buddy's Malibu, same one with the piano hinges on the seats, has enough room under the helm that a plastic trash can fits under there nicely (with a big rock in the bottom to keep it from tipping over).
            Haven't found any slick ways for the trash can, other than maybe making another cupholder without a bottom in the starboard gunnel area routing down to a trash box under the seat behind the driver. Running out of room there, because I already added pull out heater vents on each side, kinda like a 4th cup holder.
            Another winter project.
            '06 X2 MCX

            "I understand why some people may not want to do this the way I have recommended but I can't understand the death grip some people have on a toilet plunger with a hose fitting." -JimN

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            • #7
              thrall, can you get a picture of your friends malibu. i also have a x2 and wish i could add hinge.

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              • #8
                This is on my list of off season projects. I have been thinking of removing the cooler lid and incorporating it on the bottom of the seat so when you lift the seat, the cooler is open. We dont take the cooler out of the boat except to empty the water. I could put a drain hose to the bilge in also so I dont need to lift the cooler out to drain it. Little extra ballast never hurt..........
                MISS "B" HAVEN
                2007 X2, Indmar 350 MCX
                OJ 522 14.75 x 15.5
                2006 F150 SCrew Puller
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                • #9
                  Thrall,

                  Did you ever add a hinge to cooler seat? It seems like a good idea.

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                  • #10
                    I added a hinge to my 214V a few weeks ago because I got sick of that seat flying around when trailering. I measured my other hinges and purchased an aluminum one for a bayliner (junkliner) and it works great. I'm probably going to add the lift catch soon and it's $50 from MC and I haven't seen anything that can be modified. Here is the part I ordered http://greatlakesskipper.com/en_us/b...t-hinge-single, I cut it in half making 2 hinges, my seat bottom was actually already drilled and had the tee-nuts installed but you can get the stainless bolts and tee-nuts if you need them at lowes. (I purchased and then found out my seat was pre-drilled) I pulled a hinge off the long seat to drill my holes to match the seat and I wanted them to look the same. Cheap and fixed the problem. I can get some pics this weekend of it installed in anyone wants pics...

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                    • #11
                      Yes, pics would be great. Does the cushion with the hinge open without interfering with the seatback?

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                      • #12
                        Will get pics this weekend, have to look for something else for another tt member also. It opens the same as the larger seat about 80% which is why I will probably install the lift catch later but the cooler can be opened and removed easily.

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                        • #13
                          Here are the pics of the hinges and seat installed.
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                          • #14
                            I know the boat is dirty... Been in the barn all winter and haven't cleaned it for season yet for all you MCOCD folks don't worry.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks jmw. So it looks like the hinge is connected to the vertical surface if the boat. correct?

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