NEW MARINE PRODUCTS: SPACE FRAME PRO 500


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The Space Frame Pro 500 adjustable seat frame showcases Aussie boating ingenuity at its finest.

NEW MARINE PRODUCTS: SPACE FRAME PRO 500
NEW MARINE PRODUCTS: SPACE FRAME PRO 500

Okay, so the Space Frame Pro 500 might sound like some one minute wonder from a late night shopping channel, but thankfully the product is far less wanky than the name. Truth be told, ever since we laid eyes on the proto-types aboard Dave Allen’s Haines Hunter 650R LTD recently, we felt they were something really special.

Roll over or "U" shaped seat frames in trailerboats aren’t exactly a new idea, but normally they are custom made to suit a particular boat model and their positions are generally not flexible. We’ve always preferred them over traditional pedestal setups as it allows you to utilise the otherwise wasted space beneath helm seats. Sure moulded seatboxes do a handy job, but their rigid structure lacks flexibility.

Crafted in 316 marine grade stainless steel, the Space Frames are the end product of an extensive development programme which saw the details refined resulting in the production units featured in this preview.

The frames themselves are height adjustable in 20mm increments to allow for anglers of varying proportions or eskies and tackle boxes to slide underneath. They have an integrated footrest on their leading edge and a Velcro buckle retention strap. The seat mounting plate is pre-drilled with several mounting holes to facilitate further flexibility. Another detail that impressed me was the sturdy floor plates that spread the load across the mounting surface.

Since using the Space Frames and finding them to meet the brief, TrailerBoat has introduced several boat manufacturers to the product and they are now optional on a range of popular brands and models. We’ve even got a shiny new pair for our Haines Hunter V-19 R project boat and will see how well it stands up to our abuse.

If you’re building a new boat, tarting up old faithful or renovating a well-worn war horse, the Space Frame 500 Pro deserves your consideration, regardless of what it’s called.

Available through most boating accessory stores or chandleries or give the guys at Sam Allen a call and they’ll steer you in the right direction.

Originally published in TrailerBoat #299, September/October 2013

 


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