Mod to keep the aft fill cushion from slipping

LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭

I came up with a simple fix for a long-standing Rinker issue related to the cockpit aft fill cushion.

The cushion I'm talking about is the removable cushion for the port side of the transom bench seat.  It has been standard equipment on larger Rinker cruisers for the past 15 years or so.  The problem is that if you step on it when boarding the boat from the port side, it can slide out from under you.  My wife loves the fill cushion, but after using it a few times, we realized that it's just too dangerous to use with guests on the boat.

This is a 2-part fix involving nothing more than marine lumber (Starboard) and six screws.  

The fill cushion has two metal legs that rest on a ledge at the front of the transom bench seat.  The first problem is that there's nothing to keep the cushion from sliding inboard when you step on it.  What I did was cut two pieces of 3/4" x 3/4" x 3" marine lumber and screw them to the ledge next to where the legs rest.  Simple, unobtrusive and effective.  

The second half of the fix is to keep the fill cushion from rocking when you step on the inboard edge.  I cut a 3/4" x 3/4" x 5" piece of marine lumber and screwed it to the underside of the fill cushion, right in front of the existing piece.  

With these two simple mods, the cushion is stable and safe.  I wish I had thought of this many years ago.  Now that I know it works, I'll go back and seal the screw holes with marine sealant.  


  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 737Member ✭✭✭

    I don't have a cushion on my 342, I like the idea of that. Maybe I'll get one made during the offseason.
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
  • Lifes GoodLifes Good Posts: 465Member ✭✭✭

    Awesome fix!  That will be my next mod!

  • Michael TMichael T Posts: 6,664Member ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very classy modification!  When the Admiral was standing on our aft bench filler cushion (2014 EC 360) for the first time to zip some canvas I heard a crash. The filler cushion had shot out from under her and almost thrown her overboard. She could have been seriously injured. I bought two thick ribber stoppers about 1" high by 1" in diameter and screwed them into the lip of the back seat with ss washers and ss screws.  That holds the cushion well too. Hmmmmmm, makes you wonder? MT

  • frodo13056frodo13056 Channahon, ILPosts: 212Member ✭✭✭

    Yet another outstanding fix from a Fellow Rinker owner! Now I need to order up another piece of Starboard!

  • MarkBMarkB OntarioPosts: 3,295Member ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good job

    Boat Name: King Kong

    "Boat + Water = Fun"

  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks guys.  If anybody else does it, let me know any suggestions or improvements.  

    Note - for the forward edge, the 5" piece on the underside of the cushion can't be wider than 3/4".  Otherwise, it would hit the trim of the plastic storage compartment.  

  • JC290JC290 Bolles Harbor MichPosts: 706Member ✭✭✭

    And yet another mod lol great idea thanks for sharing 

  • Dream_InnDream_Inn Annapolis, MDPosts: 5,356Member, Moderator mod

    That is great. I used to have problems on my 310 with the triangular piece.

    Dream 'Inn III -- 2008 400 Express

  • 06Rinker27006Rinker270 Washington, DCPosts: 1,196Member ✭✭✭
    Do both filler cushion pieces have the metal legs sticking out towards the aft seat?
    06 Rinker 270
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes. I don't use the smaller triangular fill cushion, but it would be easy to do the same mod for that one.
  • 06Rinker27006Rinker270 Washington, DCPosts: 1,196Member ✭✭✭
    Thanks LaRea.
    06 Rinker 270
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,501Member ✭✭✭✭
    I've been trying to figure out how those guys fit into the boat.  Mine are still in the factory plastic.  Might have to put them into service now.

    Great fix!

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • bella-vitabella-vita Buffalo NYPosts: 321Member ✭✭✭
    Did not use those cushions last season but gonna use them this year I will have to add those stops first the admiral will be happy! Thanks for the info
    2002 Rinker FV 342
  • CounselorphilCounselorphil Waukegan, IlPosts: 20Member
    Does anyone know how/where I might order just the one port side filler cushion?
    I am thinking that just having the one will allow us to still utilize the pedestal table.
    We have a 2004 FV 270
    Thanks for any advice....
    Phil and Bonnie 
  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 3,519Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    The only sources I know are and eBay.  If they don't have one, you'd probably have to get it custom-made.  
  • onislandtimeonislandtime Goose Bay Marina, MarylandPosts: 295Member ✭✭✭
    Great help cause I don't use mine for that same reason. The small triangle one slips off easier then the other one.
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