Hola again, I wonder if anyone might be kind enough to share advice or thoughts on my cataraft set posts.
I've got an Aire Cougar with a fishing deck. The bow seats are mounted on a riser that comes off the frame with a lopro fitting. Here's a pic of the bow seats:
These seats work well enough, but my problem is that they sit pretty low and I'd like to raise one a few inches to make it easier for my dad. I'm not the original owner for this rig, so I don't know if these risers were off the shelf or custom. I've looked online and haven't yet had any success in finding something like this. I'll probably find a local fab shop that can weld one up for me, just a couple inches longer. Here's a detail shot of the riser:
I'm mindful of my physics lessons and how torque is proportional to the moment arm. The lopro fitting is tight enough to hold the weight of a person as is, but if I add 3" or so of height that will increase the moment arm by about 25%. I'm worried cinching down the lopro u-bolt even more could damage the aluminum pipe. Is that a reailistic worry? If so, any other thoughts on stabilizing the seat, or maybe alternative frame options?
Thanks for any feedback,