I am almost ready to work on the interior of my boat and I am going to oil the inside and was wondering if anyone has experience with oiled seats or should I do something else. The boat is a perfect mac kit from Ray. Any Information on this topic would be helpful.

Jacob 

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Jacob,

A few years ago I laced the seats on my canoe with rawhide and oiled the rawhide after it dried (it was installed wet and shrunk to the frame).  Well the first time I used the canoe I had a laced rawhide pattern on my shorts.  The framing was white ash with three coats of epoxy and lots of varnish.

So.... I'd look for some other way to protect the wood on your seats unless you like the wet stripes on your shorts.  Remember your gonna keep re-oiling them periodically.

Dorf

I oiled the frames of my rope seats but any flat surface seating like front passenger bench I would not use oil. I varnished mine, while the rest of the interior is oil.

That makes a lot of sense oiled pants don't sound like a good idea. So just epoxy the seat and a couple of coats of varnish?

Hope fully I can do that soon maybe in a week or so because we still have snow on the ground and there is still some ice on the rivers and lakes around here in central Wisconsin and the temp is 27:(

Jacob 

Out in the West we have Filson oiled jackets to keep the rain off. Why not oiled pants in the Midwest!

:<)

Rick N

Oil is fine on a wooden seat. Probably not a good idea on raw hide. Once dry the oil on any wood surface in a boat is not slippery nor will it rub off on your clothes. Oiled floor boards are not slippery. The oil penetrates the wood and allows the grain to stand tall. Been oiling everything in my boat interiors and floor boards for the past twenty years. It,s cheap, easy and results in a boat that looks new and smells good. You do need to apply oil several times a year or whenever you want it to look new. However you NEVER need to break out the sandpaper.
The downside to having my bench seat varnished is it gets pretty scratched up. The rest is oil and AJ is right, simple and cheap to maintain. That's why I have to chuckle when the standard "you must spend a lot of time maintaining that boat!" comments are made by other drift boat owners of the glass or aluminum variety.

Rick,

The incident I was referring to was July 21, 2006, it was Sunny and in the 70's that day and I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. For the record, I do have a Barbour Coat and Pants for foul weather.

Jacob P,

I concede to AJ DeRosa.  My having oiled the Rawhide was the real problem.  My experience with oiling is confined to the shafts on my canoe paddles.  They haven't stained any clothes I am aware of, but I havent rubbed the paddles against any clothing yet to see how it affects them.

Dorf

 

Rick,
Better oiled pants than "soiled" pants... Ha

AJ 

How long would you say I should let the oil soak in on the seats just as long as every thing else? Then I read on some of these posts that after I oil initially I have to what a couple of days before I can use it is this right?

Also can you tell Kevin that I can't find him a Chris Craft for him to rebuild and make into a bio diesel.

Jacob  

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