Most boat seats are upholstered with marine grade vinyl (only camo seats use a different material). Vinyl is a great material. It is durable, scuff resistant, holds its color well, and holds up to water. Despite all the benefits of vinyl, with time and use vinyl boat seats will eventually wear out. ... read more
Regular cleaning will both extend the life of your boat seats and keep them looking new. After using your boat or when preparing to store it you should take a couple minutes to wipe down the boat furniture.
We recommend using a commercial marine vinyl cleaner on your boat. These commercial cleaners are specifically designed to clean tough stains, protect, condition and/or restore vinyl.
It can be tempting to try and save some money by using a household cleaner instead of purchasing a special vinyl cleaner. Don't give in to this temptation or you'll probably end up doing more harm than good.
Household cleaners often contain solutions that will damage vinyl. Bleach and other chlorine based cleaners are too strong and they end up removing layers of finish on the vinyl. When the finish layers are removed it makes the material more vulnerable and causes it to break down more quickly with normal use. Don't use acetone or kerosene to clean (it will also remove the finish layers). Don't use silicone or petroleum based cleaners (they will make the vinyl hard and brittle).
If you have just run out of your favorite vinyl cleaner and need a cleaning solution for your seats in a pinch you can use a mild dish soap like Dawn mixed with warm water. Cleaning your vinyl seats is a simple process that should only take a few minutes. Each cleaner may have its own specific instructions, but the general process is as follows:
Regularly cleaning boat seats is a great way to keep the boat looking new. It is fast and easy with the right products and will protect your seats for years to come. read less
- Spray a damp rag with the vinyl cleaner
- Wipe down all the vinyl surfaces in your boat
- Use the back of the rag or a new rag to remove any excess cleaner and dry the vinyl
The seats on your boat
have lived long lives and have supported your family through tall waves, impromptu storms, and crowded sunset cruises. They have many stories to tell but just can’t provide the same support any longer. ... read more Or your boat could use a face-lift and new seats would do the trick quite well. Either way, you know how important it is to choose a seat that will stand the test of time from a quality and looks standpoint.
What makes a seat comfortable? The answer can be complex as boating becomes more specialized and boaters more demanding. Having designed seats for many of the manufacturers that sell you your boats, Attwood Marine stays out front of design trends and is pleased to provide the following information for you to consider when making your selection to insure an excellent seating experience.
First, the seat’s backrest should follow the natural curve of the spine. Also, an upward curve at the back of the seat pan rotates the pelvis forward and properly positions the lumbar region. Another key feature for a properly curved seat pan is that it facilitates proper water drainage. And a rounded front or “waterfall” edge reduces pressure on the thighs. Proper contouring will align the seat form with your physiology for a more comfortable experience during and after your boating.
The seat relieves pressure by shifting upper body weight to the backrest, while not reducing support. This is done by angling the seat and seat mount. Optimal seat pan-to-backrest angle is 95° -105° for passengers, 95° - 100° for drivers.
Pedestal height is critical for comfort and the driver’s vision. If too low, weight shifts onto the sitting bones. If too high, weight shifts onto the back of the thighs and into the spine. Seat height should be adjustable within a 5" range — 14.5" to 19.5" above the deck.
Seats should fit a range of body sizes. Look for seats that accommodate numerous body frames to ensure you and all your passengers are comfortable.
Your seat should feature effective shock absorption that isolates the boater's spine from hull pounding. Ask your retailer if the seat can take a 4-G hit without transferring shock to the rider. This can be accomplished by providing the appropriate space and material for a soft landing with no bottoming out.
If the foam is too thick, the body “swims” without support, and movement is restricted. If the foam is soft or thin, it “bottoms out,” leading to discomfort or injury. The right amount of sculpted foam enhances the comfort and support already designed into the ergonomic contour of the seat.
In the market today you can find sophisticated mesh materials and technology. It is nice in that it dissipates heat and moisture and offers cool comfort. Look for ventilated seat backs and pans to allow pass-through of air and water for increased comfort on those long hot days on the water.
While underway, quality seats can absorb up to 4-Gs of impact from waves and hull pounding. Inferior seats allow pressure points and impaired circulation. A proper suspension has stretching action to minimize pressure points. Even while idle and sitting still, the suspension should adjust to pressure to provide long term comfort.
There are numerous styles of seats and accessories to consider. Bucket seats are designed to be comfortable in any seating position and can be found on cruisers, runabouts, deck boats, and pontoon boats. Bench seating is extra wide for sharing the helm or stretching out and are excellent for the boats already mentioned, yachts and center console boats. Important accessories to look for include a flip-up bolster as it can add height and improve visibility. A fold-down seat back provides a cleaner look and allows the unrestricted movement often needed for active fishing. When considering a folding seat be sure to make sure the hinges don’t pinch you when it is in an upright or seating position. Lastly, many seats incorporate storage panels allowing you an additional location to stow items.
As you can see, there are many factors to consider prior to purchasing your seat. Do the necessary homework, take into account the way you will use your seat and rely on Attwood Marine and the choice you make will treat you, your family and your friends well for many years to come.
A video on how to find, remove and avoid mildew in your boat. ... read more
Video Transcript Mildew is one of the most common problems found on vinyl boat seats.
Mildew grows in warm and damp places. Look at it, surrounded by water. That’s where most boats live.
Best places to look is the sides of the seat. What you want to do is identify it and clean it up right away.
Also, before you cover your boat, make sure your boat is dry. If for some reason you can’t dry out your boat, you can buy some moisture packs and put them inside to absorb the moisture.
The next thing to do, when you find mold, is to buy yourself a mold killer. And where you’d find that from, is from a home and garden store, or a marine shop.
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