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1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

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1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by russ model 199 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:13 pm

When I purchased my 1931 17' Split Cockpit Runabout, Model 199 it had installed some generic redish vinyl upholstery with a single wide cushion both front and back. I have finally located the correct blue russaloid and will be moving ahead with completing the work. Does anyone know for sure if the front and back had 1, 2, or three cushions across. There is a significant taper at both seats so it would seem unusual to do 3 cushions; 2 tapered and 1 square but then, it was 1931 and who knows. I did check my hull card and it only show "blue" on the upholstery line. The "Guide" shows "blue russaloid".

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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by Matt Smith » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:02 am

You may want to check with Rod Souza in California. He is the big Tahoe winning upostery guy and may know the correct set up. Its far deeper that cushions, Cushion material, the way that material is put on, the correct springs in the seat base etc.
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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by russ model 199 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 11:41 am

Thanks Matt. As a regular "Woody Boater" reader, I recognize the boat list and the photo. I will give Souza a call. The 199 was the cheapest in the 1931 fleet. No springs; just a wood plank and cushion on top.

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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by Don Danenberg » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:21 pm

Russ, remember that "Chris Smith and Sons" boat company became superseded by "Chris-Craft" boat company between '30 and '31?

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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by russ model 199 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:37 pm

I did not recall exactly when that occurred. I will address with my question to MM.

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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by maritimeclassics » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:56 am

The Mariners Museum should have drawing of that boat and that should give you the information you need. I believe there were 2 cushions in each cockpit on that boat
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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by russ model 199 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:32 am

Thank you for your input. MM has been suggest by another knowledgeable person as well. I did purchase their "package" when I acquired the boat but cushion configuration was not included. Thanks again.

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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by maritimeclassics » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:35 am

They didn't have a line drawing of the boat? It would show a top view and show the cushions. Also they may say in an advertisement or some paperwork that is seats 4 comfortably which would mean it would take 4 cushions one for every person.
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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by russ model 199 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:59 am

Apparently the "line drawing" was not part of the package that I initially purchased. I am going to follow up with MM to see if they have that drawing. One member of a forum did show a line drawing for the 199's "big brother" with the two cushion configuration so I am guess that this much smaller version will also be 2. Thank you.

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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by tph » Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:38 am

Here's the drawing.
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Re: 1931 Model 199 Seat Cushion Configuration

Post by russ model 199 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 9:13 am

Tom, You are the best. Thank you so much. Do have a 99/199?

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