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April 24, 2014

Create More Seating Aboard Your Sport-Fishing Boat

Here are six ways to add seating aboard any sport-fishing boat.

Stand all day on the heaving deck of a fishing boat, and it feels like you spent eight hours on an exercise machine. Muscles fatigue as they work continuously just to maintain your balance. So it’s nice to take a load off when not fishing. In rough seas, it may also prove safer for your guests to remain seated while underway.

With a priority placed on fishing, some center‑consoles — especially older ones — feel Spartan when it comes to seating. Many even forgo helm chairs in favor of leaning posts. Newer center-consoles, however, tend to include more seating with features such as fold-down transom benches. Yet if your boat lacks such amenities, don’t despair. Here are six ways to add seating.

PORTABLE DECK CHAIRS

These can take different forms, ranging from traditional heavy-duty deck chairs to fold-up chairs. West Marine’s patio-style Crew Deck Chair ($69.99), for example, features a lightweight aluminum frame that folds to stow in the cabin or console when you don’t need it. It has mildew‑­resistant fabric on the seat and back, varnished-wood armrests, and nonskid leg tips to protect the deck from scratches.

If you want a more sturdy and secure seat, take a look at a nonfolding deck chair, such as the Wise Quad-Base Fighting Chair ($414.99). It rests on a stainless-steel four-leg base (with rubber tips to prevent scratching the deck) and has a swiveling pedestal, with super-thick, padded UV-resistant vinyl on the seat, back and armrests. It also has a rod gimbal, allowing you to use this as a light-duty fighting chair.