How to Choose the Right Boat Seat Pedestal
Your boat seats are one of the most important parts of your boat. Almost all boats will have multiple seats that are locked to the deck using a mounting pedestal. Some of the most common are pro seats, bucket seats, and fold down seats. A boat pedestal will have a base, post, and a seat mount. Those are the base components but you can also add some additional features like swivels. There are a lot of different styles to choose from. Getting the right boat seat pedestal requires some research. Here are some tips that you can follow to help make this easier.
Get the Most from Modern Technology
One of the amazing things about the technology available today is that it doesn’t just come in new gadgets like GPS and radar. It’s used to create amazing boat seats. Anyone who spends a lot of time on the water knows that strength and comfort are essential elements of boat seating. Shock absorbing technology leads to more comfortable rides. Getting the right type of seat pedestal will make all of the difference!
Ensure that the boat seat pedestal that you choose is adjustable. This can be done through a simple lever or through more complex mechanics. The most basic of designs simply allow for height while advanced models will provide much more customization.
This selection works in much the same way as choosing a chair for your home. You need to pay close attention to the features and quality.
A Look at Boat Styles
Now we’ll look at some of the boat styles and their seating arrangements so that you can have a better idea of what to expect.
Standard Fishing Boats
We’re talking about those small boats that we see on small lakes and rivers that are used simply for those fun sunrise fishing trips. They will have between 2 to 4 seats. You’ll generally find seat swivels on this boat in order to provide access to all sides for optimal fishing. Removable pedestals are also quite common for fishing boats. Although some people choose permanent, I do not recommend this option. A fishing boat needs versatility.
Bass boats tend to be designed in much the same way as standard fishing boats. The difference is in the design. As far as seating goes, bass boats will have Class A seats used by drivers and passengers for transit. They will also have removable pedestals for the fishing seats, which are on the front and rear of the boat.
Ski boats are larger and much more versatile than a typical fishing boat, but they can serve either purpose. If you love fishing but your family likes to spend time out on the lake skiing, then this would be a great choice. Ski boats will include permanently mounted driver and passenger seats. Then they will have removable pedestals for the fishing seats so that they can be stowed away on ski trips.
Now we come to one of the best models for families. Pontoon boats are versatile in their design. They can be used to sightseeing, fishing, or just spending a day out on the water in comfort. It will fit more people than a ski boat but at the cost of moving slower – in some cases anyway. Pontoon boats will have permanently mounted driver and passenger seats. The front and rear fishing seats will either be removable (recommended) or they will be foldable.
Putting it All Together
The bottom line is that in order to choose the right boat seat pedestal, you will need to account for the type of boat you own and the activities you plan to enjoy on the water. Just remember that quality is much more important than quantity, especially when it comes to your safety.