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    My 1987 3218 flybridge seat boxes are slowly falling apart. Add to that the pink discoloration on the leatherette, the tiny (and growing) tears here and there, and the generally cheap look of these bench seats and maybe you can see why I'd love to tear them out and put in something new. The bridge is covered with canvas during the winter but no other protection.

    I have a buddy who replced his 38' Bayliner's Pontoon seats he purchased online. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with doing this on the 32? Suggestions? Pitfalls?

    #2
    Buddy of mine has pontoon seating on his bridge. Sorry, no picture. I think it would be a better option than doing a complete rebuild of the original. Hopefully someone will chime who's done this. The L seat maybe tricky in getting something to fit.
    "Martini's Law"
    1986 Bayliner 3270, 110 Hino's
    Nova Scotia, Canada

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      #3
      I rebuilt my boxes out of 1/2" starboard and aluminum angles and I am happy with the results, but you would need the old boxes for a template.

      Ron
      1989 3218
      1988 Boston Whaler 13 Super Sport Limited
      2007 Yamaha VX Cruiser

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        #4
        Pontoon seats are the way to go.

        Measure your seating and do a search for pontoon seats.

        You will be able to find them in any size to fit. It may be a good time to customize your seating. I left room for a table and I find that very useable. Charts, meals, and so on.

        You will be able to raise the seats and will get great storage under them.

        Doug
        Started boating 1955
        Number of boats owned 32
        Bayliners
        2655
        2755
        2850
        3870 presently owned
        Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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          #5
          I would recommend the pontoon seats too. I ripped out the wooden ones on my 32 xx and they weighed a ton, they were all soggy and rotten. Starboard is going to be pretty heavy. Pontoon furniture is going to be rotomolded plastic, much lighter. And when you remove your furniture, be sure to fill all the holes where it was attached to the deck, that's where all your water intrusion comes and it causes your floor to rot.
          Esteban
          Huntington Beach, California
          2018 Element 16
          Currently looking for 32xx in South Florida
          Former Bayliners: 3218, 2859, 2252, 1952

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            #6
            Excuse my European ignorance ...., but what do you guys mean by pontoon seats?
            A lifetime of racing everything from dinghies to world girdlers, but one of those lucky people who just love being afloat. So .... when the body doesn't work like before, it doesn't mean staying ashore.
            Blustery Day
            Bayliner 3288 Motoryacht, 1991.
            Twin Hino 150hp diesels.
            Purchased 23 February 2017

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              #7
              Here is a link. Not saying this is the place, just some information.

              Google Pontoon Furniture and you will get a lot of hits.

              You can design your own seating that is best for you.

              https://www.pontoonstuff.com/

              Doug
              Started boating 1955
              Number of boats owned 32
              Bayliners
              2655
              2755
              2850
              3870 presently owned
              Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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                #8
                Ah, yes, pontoon boats. We don't have those here. For us a pontoon is something we moor our boat against. One language??? many cultures of English.
                A lifetime of racing everything from dinghies to world girdlers, but one of those lucky people who just love being afloat. So .... when the body doesn't work like before, it doesn't mean staying ashore.
                Blustery Day
                Bayliner 3288 Motoryacht, 1991.
                Twin Hino 150hp diesels.
                Purchased 23 February 2017

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                  #9
                  Fyi, the amount of starboard used for the boxes is so small the amount of added weight is negligible.

                  Regarding the 32xx when I did mine over I could not find off the shelf seats / pontoon seats that worked as well as

                  the original design.

                  regard

                  Ron
                  1989 3218
                  1988 Boston Whaler 13 Super Sport Limited
                  2007 Yamaha VX Cruiser

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                    #10
                    Ours is a 38xx but the seats are much better in every way. The big thing is they are higher and more comfortable. I was able to shorten one side enough for a table. I use that table all the time.

                    There is much more storage under the seats and it is easy to get to.

                    On the port side I was able to get a "slanted" seat end so one can lay down and recline. They are made in all sizes and it was easy to make them fit as I wanted.

                    IMO, all pluses.

                    Doug
                    Started boating 1955
                    Number of boats owned 32
                    Bayliners
                    2655
                    2755
                    2850
                    3870 presently owned
                    Favorite boat. Toss up. 46' Chris Craft, 3870 Bayliner

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                      #11
                      In case you're interested, here is the link to my seat and backrest rebuild. My boxes were redone when I bought the boat.

                      http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/in...overing#708258
                      "Martini's Law"
                      1986 Bayliner 3270, 110 Hino's
                      Nova Scotia, Canada

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