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Selecting the Right Boat Seats

The chairs 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 putting in a new seat 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 boat 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.

Contouring
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.

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Backrest Angle
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.

Seat Height
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.

Proper Dimensions
Boat seats should fit a range of body sizes. Look for seating that accommodate numerous body frames to ensure you and all your passengers are comfortable.

Shock Absorption
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.

Cushioning
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.

Breathability
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 chairs can absorb up to 4-Gs of impact from waves and hull pounding. Inferior chairs 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 and accessories to consider. A bucket seat is 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.

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.
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How to Remove Mildew from your Boat Seat (Video)

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. ... 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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Boat Capacity

Boat Capacity

This Boat-Ed safety course video discusses the number of people your boat can carry safely. Discusses information on the capacity plate such as maximum weight capacity and maximum horsepower. ... read more



Video Transcript

Okay, your boat’s fuelled and you’re ready to load up the gang for a cruise. But do you know how many people your boat can carry safely? Look for a capacity plate near the operator’s position or on the transom of the boat. This plate indicates the maximum weight capacity or the maximum number of people that the boat can safely carry. This information is very important because overloading can cause your boat to swamp or capsize. On outboard powerboats the capacity plate also shows the recommended maximum horsepower of the boat. Your boat’s motor should never exceed this rating.

Courtesy of www.boat-ed.com
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About Seats

Long Lasting Furniture for Your Boat or Pontoon

At iboats.com we can help you find the best boat seat and pontoon furniture at a price you can afford. The right furniture can make a big difference in your experience on the water. Whether you are going on a fishing trip or cruising around in your powerboat, we offer a wide range of comfortable, durable products. You can easily search through our products by boat style, seat color, manufacturer and more.

Blowout specials on name-brand furniture for your boat means you save even more. At iboats.com we offer everything from folding boat seats and back-to-back lounges to pontoon furniture and captain chairs.

iboats.com is committed to delivering high-quality boat parts and providing the kind of customer service you deserve. We are part of a very active community of boating enthusiasts who can help answer your questions about the boat furniture and other products we offer. Order your new boat seat and pontoon furniture today and get ready for the next time you hit the water.

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