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How to install a boat seat pedestals and tilt them

If you’re looking for the perfect seat pedestaling to mount on your boat, this is the post for you. 

But first, a little history lesson. 

The original concept of a seat pedestaler dates back to the early 20th century when a Japanese engineer named Tokugawa Yoshimitsu created a prototype for a floating seat.

As the years went by, more and more people wanted to buy and install boats for the home and the commercial market.

Yoshimitsu designed the seat pedestaled in a single piece, allowing it to be easily moved and tilted up and down for a better view.

In the 1950s, a Japanese firm called Matsumoto made a prototype seat pedestalled by attaching a wooden support frame on the top and bottom.

While the Matsumotos seat pedestall is widely regarded as the most practical and effective seat pedestalling method in the world, the company’s patented design did not work for all boats.

Matsumotos patented a design called a “fence frame.”

While this design is common on small boats today, the Matsums version was never mass produced, and many of the seats were simply left standing and rotated, with the seat facing downward.

The Japanese firm Matsumots patents were subsequently purchased by Honda.

With a large number of Japanese manufacturers, Matsumotos design was quickly rejected by the Japanese government. 

So, in 1952, the American company Bendix patented a system that was supposed to allow a boat to be more stable and safer by placing a large “boat seat” on the deck.

“The Bendix design was based on the idea of creating a floating boat seat, with its top on the water and its sides at rest,” the Matsumi website explains.

“The seat was placed on the centerline of the hull, and could be easily tilted up or down.

This configuration of the seat allowed the boat to tilt up or under the water, but was also very easy to control by a single person.”

This seat was a great idea, but in order to make it a reality, Bendix had to first invent a way to place the seat in the water.

Bendix came up with a clever solution to the problem.

Instead of placing the seat on the side of the boat, it was placed vertically on top of the water with its bottom pointing forward. 

It was a perfect solution because the Bendix seat could be lowered and lowered again, and it could also be raised up and lowered. 

“The bottom of the bottom of a boat was held in place by two vertical supports, which allowed the seat to be raised and lowered at the same time,” the Bemis website explains, “so that the seat was also capable of floating on the surface of the sea.”

As soon as the seat base was installed, it took only a few hours to set up. 

A few weeks later, the Japanese firm Takagi built the first seat pedestally installed on a commercial boat, the Akashi. 

Although the seat is still in use today, Takagi decided to keep the seat stationary for safety reasons, and the seat bases were removed in 1972.

At the time, seat pedestality was not considered to be a viable method of building a floating home, and so the seat itself was kept in place and the seats raised.

For decades, the seat remained upright and in good condition, but it was in the final years of its life that it was replaced with a much more advanced system, a modified version of which was made by Matsumoti. 

This modified version was designed to be much more stable, but still very easy for a single man to adjust, which meant the seats became less and less stable. 

And as we all know, that is where the seats now sit. 

According to the Matsumi website, the original seat pedestalist is considered a work of art and should never be taken for granted. 

That said, it is very easy and affordable to install, and once installed, the seats can be rotated and raised and raised again, so it is a simple and simple installation. 

You can read more about the seat’s history here. 

Check out the complete listing of the most affordable seat pedestALS at the Bemis site. 

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