|Highfield Underseat Bag that came with our dinghy|
Our Highfield dinghy came with a very nice padded seat cover with built-in organizer. It was basically a duffle bag suspended under the seat. There's enough things floating around in the bottom of a cruiser's dinghy, and ours doesn't have a locker. It is a nice way to hide our PFD's, pump, nav light, dry box with boat cards, dry bag & a spare bottle of oil (and on a good day, the smaller pockets act as a cup holder for the First Mate). We have received lots of compliments.
|PFD's, pumps & various accoutrement|
|Looking a little raggedy|
The seat cushion had a zippered compartment hanging off the front with straps on the rear of the cushion that go under the seat to hold it all together. However, the non-UV, vinyl, seat fabric wore through & with everything in the front zipper compartment, it was always sliding forward. There was was a drain hole in the bottom but when we pulled everything out, it was still damp from the last rain.
The Captain was considering part canvas, part pfifertex. I voted all pfifertex. Better uv & quick dry.
|He only scribbles down notes when he's serious!|
Using the previous underseat bag as a template, the redesign included:
- To keep the seat more secure, instead of buckles holding it on, the seat is raised up & the bag is slide on
- Replaced seat cushion with a scrap of leftover camping pad.
- Eliminated front zipper. Salvaged buckles from the back & used on the front
- Salvaged zipper pockets & "Highfield" logo (the two outside pockets were already part black pfifertex, so they look like they perfect!)
- Reinforced with webbing
|The back. Instead of straps under the seat, it hangs straight down.|
Completion time: Months of redesign in his head. Actual sewing? Half a day--done by lunch!