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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.

COOLER CUSHIONS

Most saltwater fishing boats have one or more large coolers on board. With tired crew likely to sit on them anyway while trolling or otherwise underway, why not make your coolers more comfortable with snap-on cushions? Most major cooler brands offer these as accessories. Yeti, for example, offers snap-on cushions for all of its Tundra coolers, with cushion prices ranging from $129 to $219.99. Cushions feature UV-resistant marine vinyl and stainless-steel snap assemblies.

BEANBAG CHAIRS

Employing a trend born on the ­kingfish‑tournament circuit, anglers aboard go-fast fishing machines often turn to beanbags for extra seating, which they place in the aft portion of the cockpit to cushion the ride when running to and from the fishing grounds. You can employ the same idea on virtually any boat, and then stash the bag in the cabin or console, or just throw it on the hardtop for ­temporary storage in smooth seas.

Just about any large beanbag chair will do. Yet models from companies such as E-SeaRider and Ocean-Tamer designed expressly for marine applications will last longer and offer additional features. For example, E-SeaRider’s Medium Teardrop Marine Longneck model ($109.95) elaborates on the basic design by including armrests and a high back. The marine-vinyl material is water-repellent, and the seams prevent moisture from getting inside. Marine beanbag seats come in a wide range of shades and color combinations to match the upholstery of your boat.