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Finished Millennium Seat install today! Water, here we come!
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Looking good. I wish there was a feature where we could like individual post and where we could setup to watch threads so we wouldnt have to go looking for progress on a build we saw and were interested in. I would definitely have set this up to watch for updates. good stuff.
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akboats wrote: 22 Jan 2021, 13:54 Looking good. I wish there was a feature where we could like individual post and where we could setup to watch threads so we wouldnt have to go looking for progress on a build we saw and were interested in. I would definitely have set this up to watch for updates. good stuff.
Yes, that would be awesome!
Thank you about the Jon boat refurbishment! It was a fun project. Making some bucktail jigs now to use on the boat this spring!
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crannman wrote: 22 Jan 2021, 15:30
akboats wrote: 22 Jan 2021, 13:54 Looking good. I wish there was a feature where we could like individual post and where we could setup to watch threads so we wouldnt have to go looking for progress on a build we saw and were interested in. I would definitely have set this up to watch for updates. good stuff.
Yes, that would be awesome!
Thank you about the Jon boat refurbishment! It was a fun project. Making some bucktail jigs now to use on the boat this spring!
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crannman wrote: 13 Jan 2021, 18:08
Gary Roe wrote: 13 Jan 2021, 08:50 I want to install jon boat seats directly on the boat benches. But jon boat seats don’t come with pedestals or swivel bases. So what should I do now? Anyone have suggestions for me? Thanks!
Hello Gary, my guess would be that it would depend on the design of the seat you are considering buying or already have if they can be installed with screws or bolts directly to the bench seat.
I haven’t found a seat that connects directly to a bench seat or that comes with a swivel or pedestal mount. Could be some out there but I’ve only seen the swivel or pedestal sold separately.
If you don’t want a swivel or pedestal then one approach I would suggest is to mount the seat securely on say, 1/2” plywood or a metal plate that is strong enough for supporting a seat. I would counter bore the mounting hole on the bottom so that the hardware is flush and lays flat. Then bolt the plywood or metal plate to the bench seat.
The bench seat in my Jon boat is enclosed so I’m using 1/4-20 rivnuts and 1/4-20 stainless screws to mount a swivel plate.
You may be able to fasten the seat directly to the bench seat by installing rivnuts in the bench seat that align with matching fasteners for the seat. May have to use wood washers between the fastener and the seat for additional surface area and strength. I would make sure that the seat has enough structure around where the fasteners would go and is strong enough to carry the weight of a person without the seat separating from where it is fastened. Also have to decide about not being able to return the seat once you drill into it!
Hope some of these ideas may help and be sure to check out the ole utube to check out any ideas there as well!
Thanks a lots! I also install a suitable seat for my boat. That's great!

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You’re welcome Gary! Hope you catch some great ones this year!
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crannman wrote: 15 Jan 2021, 18:26 Millennium seat installation!
Added a 3/4” x 2” washer between spring on seat mount and plastic bushing. Provides a nice bearing surface to protect the plastic bushing!
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I am also using Millennium seats for my boat. Absolutely love the seats! They are very comfortable, dry quickly, and do not get hot when sitting in the sun.

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Spring is around the corner!
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Beer1.jpeg
Can I come and ride this boat with you please?
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-W
(P.S. when are you installing the cooler upgrade?)
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Hahaha!! Cooler upgraded when I add more beer to it!!
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A couple more updates.
Installed a storage bag to the front deck. Scavenged it from a golf bag and pop riveted in place. It’s handy! So far I but a couple of buoy markets, rod holder and anchor ropes in there!
Also installed a couple of anchor cleats.
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Had 3/4”ID x 2” OD washers tack welded to spring on SHORELINE MARINE pedestal seat mount. Provides nice bearing surface and keeps the spring from otherwise digging into the plastic bushing on the Attwood Swivl-Eze pedestal base. Sprayed with some white lithium grease. Should make it last longer!
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Note: It was also suggested to just remove the spring which is interesting but I’ll see how it works on the water first!
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The aft seat on my 12’ jon boat is too close to the transom and as many have mentioned before, the tiller for the outboard or trolling motor is too close to the seat.
I chose to install a slider bracket with 5/16” rivenuts and ss bolts at the forward edge of the bench seat to move the seat forward and now have about a 21” clearance from the transom to the back of the Millennium Marine seat. Also installed a swivel bracket for the seat.
I installed the slider bracket upside down from what was pictured on the packaging. Functionality seems to be the same. The mounting holes in the “I” shaped bracket aligned with the swivel bracket for mounting the seat better than the plate. Needed the plate side down for the support needed to move the seat forward.
Supported the front on the bracket with a piece of 2x6 and cross bracing brackets. I installed one bracket and in the process of fabricating and installing the second. The 2x6 is just sitting on top of the EVA foam on the deck. Using cross bracing from the bracket to the bench seat to hold it in place but expect it will move some but hopefully not too bad!
Waiting until Spring to try it out and hope it helps to make it easier to handle the tiller on either the outboard or trolling motor.
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