I am bring back with my buds at ACBS a G-3 center deck outboard powered boat. I am also getting advice and support from this board.
Here is one question.
Can I use bucket seats instead of a single bench seat? The bench seat is "as made" for this year and model boat.
Different (later) models of this boat came with back to back or flip seating, but not this model as it has a fixed fiberglass center deck that divides the cockpit into two sections. Thus it is a double cockpit boat, not a utility (or open cockpit boat).
This boat came without any seating, gauges, windshield, interior trim, steering, etc.
Parts can drive up costs and take extra time to get this G-3 back in the water.
So, chris (seabuddy) brown is asking for your thoughts here.
Personally,..I wouldn't put single seats in a center deck G-3, but it is your boat and you need to do what you want with it. I think I told you that several other G-3 owners gave me erroneous/wrong advice when we were refurbishing our 1960 G-3.
As far as the stock seats, between Al Wilson, Mike D., Dean and myself, we can get you the exact dimensions of seat bottom and seat back for your G-3. They are not hard to cut out from a regular sheet of plywood and you can then cover them yourself or have an upholstery shop do it for you. I had already told you that I would be glad to GIVE you the older "Airguide" Gauges (Speedo, Tach) that came in our Seafair Sedan and between Al and all of us we should be able to come up with some of the associated hardware (ie: aluminum grab bars). As far as the windshield, they are no longer around although there are a couple of companies that make "replicas" for around $400.00. Dean just went through that with his G-3 this past year and can fill you in on that. Initially, I wouldn't worry too much about a windshield as most G-3's don't have them anyway. That is something you can always do later.
Right now, I would concentrate on getting the boat structurally repaired and take care of the transom, stringers, floor etc.
Although I have not seen your G-3 in person, I think much of that dirt and discoloration on the white gelcoat can be taken care of with a thorough washing and then rubbing or polishing with a product called "3M Restorer and Wax." We used that product on our G-3 and it worked great.
Call me anytime if you want to discuss any of this further Chris!
All of us here will help you in anyway we can, I think you know that!
I know you just tilted me towards the bench rather than the buckets.
BTW, while all the fiberglass is very straight on my G-3, it is crazed everywhere.
I will need to use some filler at least on the deck to make for a nicely finished boat.
Don't be too dismayed by the small grazing cracks on the G-3's gelcoat. Eventually, all of them do that in some areas. I think I showed you on our G-3 along the top of our center deck where we have a few of them too. In my opinion, the more they sit in the weather the worse the cracks can be. But all of that can be fixed.
As I said above, at this point I would concentrate on the transom, the stringers and floor and once you get that all taken care of you can address the white deck and hull gelcoat. Take it one step at a time so you don't get "overwhelmed" by the project.
I know that Mike D. restored his G-3 in that manner and he has a real nice boat now!
Please don't be offended. The boat you acquired has been completely stripped of all parts. It is going to be extremely hard for you to find them by themselves. You need to find a parts boat. It's actually not that impossible. If you are having a good time dreaming about the good old days and want nothing more than to work on this hull, then you will be happy. When I found my restoration G3, it had all the parts intact, except the seats. I made the seat according to the drawings provided by the G3 association folks. The crazing is in fact going to be something that you will need to decide if you want as part of the character or not. So If you keep an open attitude and follow good people like John P and Al W, I am sure you will reach your goal.
In other words...keep the bench seat design as intended by Bill Tritt!
Also, watch out for the cool aid, and the horse teeth! They are watching you.