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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.

You can add a larger seat on any vertical surface with Birdsall Marine’s Folding Rear Bench Seat ($595 for the 44-inch model). Pivoting on a pair of angle brackets and stainless-steel ball‑lock pins, the seat can be removed or folded flat against a bulkhead. When folded out, the anodized-aluminum frame and padded vinyl seat cushion are supported by two rubber-tipped legs. You can also add the Birdsall Padded Backrest for additional comfort. The seat is available in five bench widths, ranging from 44 to 60 inches. Color choices are white and ­off-white, in smooth or pleated vinyl.

LEANING-POST CONVERSION

OK, let’s say you have a center-console with just a leaning post — no real helm seats. Short of replacement with a seating assembly, you can convert your leaning post to a quasi-helm seat with the addition of a backrest that fits into the rocket launcher. There are a number of these on the market, including Taco’s Leaning Post Backrest ($229.99), which has a pair of anodized-aluminum inserts that slip into the two outer rod holders. The thickly padded marine vinyl backrest allows you to perch atop the leaning post and brace yourself more ­comfortably while piloting your boat.

With these ideas for resting your feet, legs and back, there’s no reason why you and your crew can’t take a seat.