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How to Replace Boat Seats

how to replace boat seats

If your boat seats are showing signs of wear and tear, it might be time to replace them. Changing your boat seats can seem daunting, but it’s quite easy with a little know-how.

This blog post will walk you through everything you need to know about replacing your boat seats. We’ve got you covered, from choosing the suitable material to measuring for a perfect fit. So read on and get ready to give your boat a fresh new look!

How to Choose your New Boat Seats

You’ll want something durable, easy to clean, and hopefully, blending well with your boat design. Among multiple models available, the two most popular choices include marine-grade vinyl and Sunbrella fabric.

  • Marine-grade vinyl is a great option if you’re looking for durability, as it’s resistant to UV rays, mildew, and stains
  • Sunbrella fabric is another good choice for boat seats. It can also resist UV rays and mold well without severe degradation. The fabric is quick-drying, making it ideal for boats used in saltwater

Once you’ve decided on the material for your new boat seats, it’s time to measure for a perfect fit. You’ll need to take three measurements: the width, depth, and height of your seats.

  • Seat width – measure from one armrest to the other
  • Seat depth – measure from the front of the seat to the back
  • Seat height – measure from the floor to the top of the seat

Now that you have all of your measurements, it’s time to start shopping! There are several places to buy boat seats, including online retailers and local boat stores.

When shopping for boat seats, be sure to compare prices and read reviews to be sure you’re getting a good deal.

How to Replace your Boat Seats

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Once you’ve got your new boat seats, it’s time to install them! This can be done with just a few simple steps:

Things you will Need

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Ratchet
  • Wrench
  • Level
  • Pry bar (optional)

Step 1: Remove the Old Seats

You can remove the old seats with a Phillips head screwdriver and a socket wrench.

Be sure to carefully disconnect any wiring or cables attached to the old seats.

Step 2: Measure for the New Seats

Now that the old seats are out, it’s time to measure for the new ones. Use a level to ensure that your measurements are accurate, and mark the spots where you’ll need to drill holes for the screws.

Step 3: Drill the Holes

Using a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the screws you’re using, drill holes in the spots you marked in Step 2. Ensure the drilled holes are big enough for the screws to fit through.

Step 4: Install the New Seats

Once the holes are drilled, it’s time to install the new seats. Insert the screws through the holes and use a wrench to tighten them up. Be sure to use a level to ensure that the seats are even.

Step 5: Reconnect any Wiring or Cables

If any wiring or cables need to be reconnected, do so now. Then reattach any covers or panels that were removed in Step 1.

How to Remove Boat Seats

There are a few different ways to remove boat seats, depending on the type of seat you have.

  • If your seat is attached to the boat with screws, you can remove them using a screwdriver
  • If your seat is attached with bolts, you can remove them using a wrench
  • If your seat is attached with rivets, you can remove them using a hammer and chisel

Once you have removed the screws, bolts, or rivets, you will need to pry the seat off the boat. You can do this by using a flathead screwdriver or a putty knife. Once the seat is loose, you can lift it off the boat.

How to Install Boat Seat Pedestal Base

When installing a boat seat pedestal base, there are a few things you will need to take into consideration.

The first thing you will need to do is measure the pedestal base’s space. You will also need to make sure that the area is level.

Once you have determined that the area is suitable, you can begin installing the pedestal base.

  • First, remove the old base, if there is one
  • Next, use a level to ensure that the surface is level. If it is not, use sandpaper or a file to adjust it
  • Once the surface is level, attach the pedestal base using screws or nails. Make sure that the screws are flush with the surface of the pedestal base so that they do not protrude and create a potential hazard
  • Finally, test the stability of the pedestal base by sitting in the seat and rocking back and forth. The pedestal base should be secure and not move. If it does move, adjust the screws or nails until it is secure


It might be challenging to replace boat seats., but it is not as difficult as it may seem. By following these simple steps, you can have new boat seats in no time.

Be sure to measure accurately and select the right type of seat for your boat before beginning the installation process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We want you to be happy with your new seats and enjoy many hours of relaxation on the water.

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