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Old 08-25-2019, 11:20 AM
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Kneeling to drive

I tend to prefer to kneel on the seat and look over the dash when I drive a boat. On most boats, I can get into position to do this fairly easily, but the bucket-style driverís seat on the MC makes it uncomfortable.

Has anyone ever installed a saddle-type seat that would allow the driver to kneel (sort of like those kneeling seats some people use at their desk)?
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:23 PM
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I tend to prefer to kneel on the seat and look over the dash when I drive a boat. On most boats, I can get into position to do this fairly easily, but the bucket-style driverís seat on the MC makes it uncomfortable.



Has anyone ever installed a saddle-type seat that would allow the driver to kneel (sort of like those kneeling seats some people use at their desk)?


If you want to do one thing that makes you look like a weekend Wally (next to the classic power turn after the skier drops) kneeling while you drive is it. This tends to stem from people who drive I/Os which have a lot of bow rise. Try sitting in the sweet little cockpit of your prostar and getting used to driving that way. Youíll ever go back.


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Old 08-25-2019, 02:31 PM
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We have an Garelick adjustable seat pedestal that works up and down with a hand lever like a hydraulic office chair. The pedestal at the lowest point is about 3 " higher than stock so it is like sitting on the flip up bolster. Then when raised the seat is about 7" taller so we can sit comfortably and see over the windshield easily.

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Old 08-25-2019, 02:50 PM
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OK, two completely different takes on my question.

It’s true, my powerboat experience to date has been with outboard and I/O engines. And, thinking about it, I can think of a number of safety reasons to use the seat; still, I do like to kneel on it, guess I’ll try to get used to sitting (and more importantly, my wife prefers to sit, so...!). Anyway, it was just a thought.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:52 PM
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If you want to do one thing that makes you look like a weekend Wally (next to the classic power turn after the skier drops) kneeling while you drive is it. This tends to stem from people who drive I/Os which have a lot of bow rise. Try sitting in the sweet little cockpit of your prostar and getting used to driving that way. Youíll ever go back.


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Jake must either be 6í-10Ē or likes looking through the sometimes obstructed sometimes full of water spots windshield.
Chalk me up as a wally. I like SEEING where Iím headed as close to 100% as possible.

Old pro star, no flip up bolster, would either sit on a boat cushion or 2or on the seat back, a lot of the time.
Newer boat, still drive it 3/4 of the time at least sitting up on the bolster. Not unlike most other people
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Old 08-25-2019, 05:07 PM
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I’m in the bolster all the time unless we’re just cruising.
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How about add a throw cushion underneath your cheeks and try that?
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.... Try sitting in the sweet little cockpit of your prostar and getting used to driving that way. You’ll never go back.


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Couldn't agree any more. Own it.
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Old 08-25-2019, 07:59 PM
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Went out for a short run today, by myself, just to check out a few things. Sat in the seat the whole time—it works, but I’m short and I’m gonna have to get myself a thicker cushion at least.

What is this flip-up bolster some of you are mentioning?
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:06 PM
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Went out for a short run today, by myself, just to check out a few things. Sat in the seat the whole timeóit works, but Iím short and Iím gonna have to get myself a thicker cushion at least.

What is this flip-up bolster some of you are mentioning?
Add a 2" rise to the seat.

Bolsters are in newer seats and raise the position too high for a comfortable and reasonable arm's reach to the throttle control. $0.02

Your call.

Operating a boat from a kneeling position out of seat is dangerous and illegal.
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