Pontoon seats play an important role in making your ride a comfortable one. If you are somebody looking for pontoon seats for your new pontoon boat or looking for replacement options, you are never short of options. The market is flooded with options. What you need to look for is the best option suiting your pontoon boat layout. In this article we will help you out in this.
What to look for when buying pontoon boat seats?
As said earlier, the pontoon boat seats for your pontoon boat depend on the layout of your pontoon boat. There can be lounge style seats, captain’s chair, fishing chairs, corner seats, high back seats, etc. Whatever be the type, you must always look for seats made from quality fabrics which are durable. Being waterproof and UV resistant can make the pontoon boat seat last longer. Look for comfortable options. Budget is also something important. There will be good budget options if you are somebody thinking in budget. Warranty should also be looked for.
Types of Pontoon Boat Seats
Here we present some of the common types of pontoon boat seats.
Folding seats are single seater which provides a sturdy platform to fish. They are usually placed in pontoon deck corners, but can be installed anywhere. They can be mounted on the existing pedestal platforms. As they are folding in nature, they are compact. They may not be so comfortable for you to sit for long hours. They also do not offer the best support.
Bucket seats are more comfortable and supportive when compared to Folding Seats. The sides of the seat form a half closed shell. Bucket seats are safe and stable and hence used as captain’s seat.
These seats are usually swiveling in nature. This allows the captain to turn about and also have a clear view.
Lounge seats offer more space. They offer great support with the comfy backrests. The base of these seats can have storage compartments. As the size of the pontoon boat increases, the layout will include more lounge seats. They are great in giving luxurious comfort. They can have cup holders.
These versatile seats can accommodate more people. When equipped with folding back rests, they are even better. They can also come with storage compartments.
There can be fixed as well as portable variations of the fishing chairs. They are designed in such a way that the angler receives a great amount of lumbar support.
Low Back Seats
They provide more lumbar support to the lower back and mid back. They offer no support to the upper back, neck and the head regions. They are not so good for long sitting hours.
Mid Back Seats
They have a larger backrest which can come up to the shoulder or neck height. They offer necessary support to the curve of the spine, thereby protecting lower and mid back regions and also to the shoulder area.
High Back Seats
The backrest extends to the upper back. There can also be a neck or headrest. They are more adjustable and offer great support to all parts. They are well suited when you spend more hours outside.
How to maintain pontoon boat seats?
Pontoon boats can be used for a wide variety of water recreational activities. All this can make the pontoon seats prone to water. Though they may be waterproof, yet there is chance of mold or mildew growth over time. So as prevention is better than cure, good maintenance can reduce a toll on the maintenance costs.
Pontoon boat seats need to be cleaned after every outing. You can use water and soap for cleaning the pontoon seats. In case of mold/ mildew, you can also use non chlorine mold/ mildew cleaner spray. On application of the spray, the mildew/ mold will dissolve so that it can be removed by a sponge. Never use any scrub brushes or sponges which are abrasive in nature as they can scratch the upholstery, making the surface more prone to the attacks by mold/ mildew. With good maintenance, the pontoon boat seats can provide the right vibe for your pontoon boat, even adding on the appearance.
Best Pontoon Boat Seat Brands and what they offer
PontoonStuff Boat Seats
The DeckMate Classic line of pontoon furniture comes with simple, sturdy and long lasting models which are attractive and can set the standard for pontoon boat seats. They also come at the best price range. Built from superior quality materials, the 32 oz marine grade seat vinyl is coated and treated to exceed industry standards for UV and mildew resistance. So the pontoon seats are built to last. The pontoon boat seat cushion is made from a mix of soft and dense foam. It gives you the support and comfort where it matters most. With the no wood construction, the seat cushion frames are made from high impact plastic, which will not break or rot. The enclosed plastic seat bases for storage. The seat bases come with molded drain channels which won’t trap water leading to soak into your carpet and decking and instead allows water to escape your deck. The pontoon seats come with high grade stainless steel hardware and staples. The lean back chairs and arm rests have built in cup holders. They come with industry leading warranty and offer 6 year full replacement of any defective pontoon furniture. The warranty is transferrable. PontoonStuff also offers excellent customer service. Prices start at$299.
There are the following options in the classic collection:
- 30” Radius Pontoon Boat Seats
- Flip Flop Pontoon Boat Seats
- Folding Pontoon Boat Seats
- Low Back Helm Chair
- Reclining Pontoon Captain’s Chair
- Left and Right Lean Back Pontoon Seats
- Left and Right Pontoon Seat Arms
The Classic collection also comes with portable cup holders. They come in different color options. There is also the Classic Pontoon Seat Packages starting at$839.You can also use the Deck Designer to design your pontoon boat interior
Now, both Classic and Premium Furniture Collections are constructed with the same marine grade materials. The Premium Collection also offers total weather protection just like the Classic collection; from vinyl to double stitched seams. They offer UV and mildew resistance. There are the fully enclosed plastic seat bases with storage. The seat bases also have the molded drain channels. They also come with the industry best 6 year warranty.
However, the Premium range is pricier than the Classic range. The Premium Collection uses more high density foam and this will result in much more comfortable and supportive seat. The premium collection is also more attractive as more attention is given to detail so that the design stands out. With handsome stitching on the plush vinyl cushion there is the impression of master workmanship. They also offer a wider range collection and of colors. Prices start at $319.
Wise Pontoon Seating
As the boat season has arrived, Wise is another option you can have for pontoon boat seating. They come with quality products with quality service by quality people.
Deluxe Pontoon Furniture
For several decades, Wise Deluxe Pontoon Furniture has been a boaters’ favorite. This classic style seating will last you summer after summer. They are available in 5 tried-and-true color combinations. Being compatible with most pontoon boats, you need not worry much.
The Deluxe Pontoon Furniture uses 26 oz marine grade vinyl loaded with UV and mildew inhibitors. The contoured cushions are stuffed with high compression foam padding. They have high impact plastic frame. The pontoon seat uses high density, rotational molded bases which are scuff and mar resistant. Overall, marine grade seat and back frame are weather resistant. The hinged/ removable seat cushion provides access to the spacious storage inside the base. The flip flop bench seats have anodized aluminum swingback arms. Aluminum hinges are used in high back seats. There are built in cup holders in the radius corner seats, helm/steering console, lean back seats and left and right arm rests. Wise offers 5 year warranty on frame and 3 year warranty on upholstery.
- 28 ” Pontoon Bench and Base
- 37 ” Pontoon Bench and Base
- 55″ Pontoon Bench and Base
- Pontoon Radius Corner and Base
- Pontoon Flip Flop Bench Seat
- Pontoon Bucket Seat
- Pontoon High Back Seat
- Pontoon High Back Seat (28 oz marine grade vinyl)
- Pontoon Bucket Seat with Flip Up Bolster (28 oz marine grade vinyl)
- Pontoon Left and Right Radius Lean Back Recliner
Premier Pontoon Furniture
Luxury meets value with Wise Premiere range of furniture. They are available in 6 color combinations. Made from soft touch 28 oz marine grade vinyl, the pontoon boat seats are loaded with UV and mildew inhibitors. The contoured cushions are stuffed with high compression foam padding of OEM quality. The seat and the back frame, both are marine grade and weather resistant. They have rotational molded bases of high density which also makes them scuff and mar resistant. With the hinged cushions, there is space for storage inside the seat base. The Premier range also comes with 5 year warranty on frame/base and 3 year warranty on upholstery. The Premier collection also includes left and right radius arm rests and helm/ steering console.
- 27 ” Pontoon Bench and Base
- 36″ Pontoon Bench and Base
- 50″ Pontoon Bench and Base
- Pontoon 32” Bow Radius Corner and Base
- Pontoon 70 Qt Swingback Cooler Seat (cooler with rotomolded construction and center drain hole-great choice)
- Pontoon Flip Flop Bench Seat
- Pontoon Bucket Seat
- Pontoon Torsa Series Fishing Seat
- Pontoon High Back Fishing Seat
- Pontoon 55” Bench and Base
- Pontoon 28″ Bow Radius Corner and Base
- High Back Pontoon Reclining Helm w/ Flip Up Arm Rests
- Pontoon Premier Left and Right Lean Back Recliner (with built in dual cup holders)
Taylor Made/ Lippert Pontoon Furniture
The aftermarket pontoon boat furniture is constructed for comfort and durability. They have over 35 years of experience in the area of marine furniture. The frame is rotationally molded and is of marine grade polyethylene. It is designed to resist warping. The vinyl and foam is marine grade and mildew and UV treated. There is a large dry storage area under hinged seats. You get livewell ready compartments. The channels built into the bases help with drainage. The multiple foam densities provide support with good comfort. Aluminum and stainless steel hardware are corrosion resistant.
The Black Label Helm Seating will give you the ultimate luxury at the helm. It comes with Ultra Leather premium, soft touch and marine grade vinyl with high comfort and durable multiple density foam packs. With Lippert’s Platinum Series replacement pontoon furniture you get stylish, comfortable and durable items. There are two monochromatic and neutral fabric options.
Black Label Helm Seating Series
Seamander Boat Seats
Seamander Boat seats uses high density rotational molded plastic frame. The foam padding used is of OEM quality with high compression. You get several color options.
- Seamander Captain Bucket Seat
- Seamander Captains Chair Pontoon Boat seat
- Seamander High back Folding Boat Seat