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Boat Seats

Along with a fresh coat of paint, there is no better and easier way to improve the aesthetics of any boat than adding high quality seats. This vast selection of seating solutions makes it easy to find a seat that fits the space, improves feel and maximizes use of space.

The following are a few considerations for selecting boat seats. Most seats require permanent fastening to the deck. Many also integrate storage space in the design. For steering stations, consider what is the comfortable height for reaching controls. Many center console boats use leaning posts instead to minimize the footprint while providing a secure hold on deck. For an inexpensive and innovative approach to additional seating, try a large fish cooler that offers a seat cushion accessory. Coleman and Igloo both offer this, with a securing kit made of simple corner dogs. Fasten the corners mounts to the deck to keep the weight of the cooler secure from sliding on deck. This seat will hold all the fish or food you can fit, and removal is a cinch.

Major considerations when adding seats on any boat is stability and free surface effect, or shifting weight that creates instability. Shifting weight can quickly overturn a boat. Any permanent seat should be fastened to the deck. When considering a major change in the seating plan, consider the effect additional weight will have on trim (fore and aft) and heel (side to side). Once the location is certain, permanently fastening to the deck is easy. Fasteners should be bedded with a quality marine sealant adhesive such as 3m 4200 or sika flex. For cored fiberglass decks, the best practice is to drill oversized holes first, epoxy fill the hole, then let cure. Then re-drill a smaller pilot hole into the cured epoxy to ensure the core is sealed. This simple step prevents core rot down the road. Where possible, use backing plates under the deck for seat post mounts. For any loose deck chairs, it's advisable to tether them in place with small securing line to prevent dangerous sliding - the source of many an injury and disaster.