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Toying with an idea (stern perch seats)

I really like the idea of stern perch seats (catbird seats), but my stern rail is only a single rail, it sits kind of high, and the way the rail curves around the cockpit at the corner means I'd basically be making a loveseat on each corner, not a single chair.

Here's what my transom looks like:

Rather than having the seat sit up high, on top of the rail, I was thinking of suspending it below the rail. Here's my idea:

I was thinking of using something like this as the "hinge":
Rail Mount Hinge

And something like this as the O-ring:
New Stainless Steel O Rings 1-1/2"

I did the drawing yesterday, and then, as I thought about it more, I realized that I could/should put feet on the bottom of the chair to help take some of the strain off the stern rail.

So, aside from the very wise advice (which will probably be heeded in this case) to not make changes to your boat the first year, what are your thoughts?

- Jim
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