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When you get down to it, new boat seats aren’t all that expensive, look great, and can add extra comfort, back support and stability to your ride. Of course, it’s vital to match the seat style to your vessel dimensions, on-water demeanor, purpose and boat decor.

While seats come in many variations, colors and styles, there are a few qualities that set the best apart from the rest. Look for the following features to ensure you are buying a seat that will provide comfortable support while absorbing the abuse Mother Nature likes to dish out on the water day after day:

Comfort Features:

  • Reasonably thick, contoured cushioning for shock absorption
  • High back for extra lumbar support
  • Mildew resistant marine-grade vinyl
  • Moisture barrier



  • UV resistance to prevent color fade
  • Sturdy, hard plastic interior/exterior frame
  • Stainless steel hardware, aluminum tubing and corrosion-resistant parts
  • Significant manufacturer’s warranty


Additional Checkpoints:

  • For pedestal-style chairs, check if the pedestal is included or a separate purchase.
  • For bench-style chairs, ensure tight tolerances when closing under-seat storage spaces.
  • For swivel seats and captain’s chairs, ensure all hardware is corrosion resistant to ensure full mobility season after season.


Tom Schlichter

Tom is a full-time outdoors writer, editor and marketeer living on Long Island, NY. Follow him on Facebook at @outdoortomcorp or visit his website at

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