This project takes the rear facing 2 person seat out from behind the drivers seat and flips it to the full wrap around v drive configuration. Increasing floor space tremendously. Puts the drivers seat on a pedestal.
Start by tearing out the factory bases.
I trimmed the factory seatback piece to roughly about 12 inches
I then trimmed up the factory seat base. I think I removed 3-1/2" from the long side. Then when I got the right amount off the short side it got in to the curve causing it to be short. Fixed it with a little spacer
Mounted the pedestal for the drivers seat. For me this was a major upgrade. My eyes were dead in line with the top of the windshield before. This gave me a 4" increase in height at the lowest position. It raises as well as the bolster. Also, now it can swivel with out contacting the panel.
I didn't take any pics but the cushion was notched out to clear the back rest and I filled in the factory spot with extra foam and HDPE from notching the base.
The panel beside the drivers seat has been loose at the bottom since I got this boat. Makes a lot of noise in rough water. I trimmed the bottom so I could finish it out with 90* angles instead of having to think. Best pic I have of it is below, three screws straight down in to the base secured the bottom. (Not pictured)
Next I cut out behind the back rest to make a storage cubby mimicking the original just tiny.
Then Frankensteined the original backrest to finish out the project. There was a courtesy light inside it originally that may find it's way in to the boat somewhere. Overall I'm very happy with it.
UPDATE: so after a full season and two half seasons on either end of that, this needs to be noted.
The lag bolts holding the driver seat in are not entirely the best option. Maybe because of my lake being so busy on the weekends we are constantly getting pounded by waves if we aren't in the cove, and repeatedly crossing our own waves to pick up riders, the lag bolts and the fiberglass floor don't get along too well.
There is a wiring/hose pathway that runs from the fuel tank, under the driver seat and up toward the helm.
If you orient the seat pedestal correctly to begin with you can likely get 3 bolts in that path way. I however only had 2 in there. I took a strip of 3/4 hdpe as a plate and through-bolted the pedestal in there. You have to get creative with the locknuts on the bottom as I could only fingertip reach the rear bolt. But after bolting the seat down it seems to be good to go.