Installing a Snap Dragon back band
Leaning against the wood gets
old in a hurry, not to mention you sit too far back in the
cockpit. I like the comfort and simplicity of this band. Be
careful during this process, you don't want to ruin the coaming.
Using a 5/32" spacer, drill a 1/4" hole in the coaming at the widest
point, directly below a nail.
Align the backrest.
Using a 1/4" x 1 1/4" x 20 pan
head stainless steel machine screw and corresponding nut and
washer: Slather the bolt and the hole with aquaseal.
Press through and tighten down. Very tight. If the bolt can
work at all it will tear apart the coaming. Ideal for this is
actually chopping / grinding the length of the bolt down to 1
3/16" Or even better, have a machinist make a threaded
stainless plate to act as both nut and washer, grind bolt to
length. I plane off the protruding plastic and tie back the
backband to keep it from sliding under my butt while trying to enter
Other padding options include minicel foam, padded plastic, sculpted
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