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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.


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.