recovering pleated 'backrest' in v-berth

Discussion in 'Classic Sea Rays' started by boatman37, Oct 12, 2017 at 11:29 AM.

  1. boatman37

    boatman37 Member

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    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    i'm sure someone has done this? its the 'backrest' in the v-berth/dinette on a 1986 250. mine i assume is original. still in great shape but if i re-do the cushions kinda have to re-do that backrest too. mine has pleats in it with the screws tucked in behind the pleats. is this a tough project? may take it to a professional but still would think it would be difficult to reinstall with those pleats? or is there a better way? new screws with designer caps to hide the screws or something?
     
  2. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    Do you mean WITHOUT those pleats? WITH the pleats, it's super easy.

    Without them, a couple thoughts...

    -- I would avoid the "caps" - that has an older look to it.
    -- You could have thru-bolts installed before recovering.
    -- Use a "hanging" system. Essentially, a wide, flattened Z-hook installed on the boat and a hole in the wood portion of the backrest piece.
    -- If you don't mind the look of the pleats, stick with that method.
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2017 at 12:49 PM
  3. boatman37

    boatman37 Member

    705
    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    I don't mind the pleats, just thought it would be harder to wrap them with pleats. I am fine with leaving pleats in if they will do them that way.
     
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
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    Nah. For anyone worth their salt, it shouldn't be hard, at all. That's why they're the pros!
     
  5. boatman37

    boatman37 Member

    705
    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    So how do you get those off? I thought there were screws between the pleats but went out there to remove them and couldn't find any screws anywhere? Took it to winter storage today so can't look now but if I find out how they come off I can go down there and remove them. Or are they not removable and you re-upholster them while its on the boat?
     
  6. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Active Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    Sometimes the screw heads poke through the material and you don't see them. Either look for small holes or feel through the material for the screw heads. I haven't actually done this on a Sea Ray of your vintage, so I'm relaying info from my experience with other boats (and mine). The other options that I can think of off-hand is that it is thru-bolted (fell up, underneath and behind) or it is simply "hanging" there.

    Do you have a picture of your backrest?
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2017 at 5:52 PM
  7. boatman37

    boatman37 Member

    705
    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer
    5.7 Merc
    haha. i tried lifting in case it was 'hanging' and felt around behind the lips. can't check it now as it is in underground storage but i can go any friday to check on it. no pics yet
     

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