Installing Boat Seats In An Aluminum Boat

Installing A Boat Seat


As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently got myself a Folding Boat Seat for my 14 foot Princecraft aluminum boat.

I thought I would try to show you how to install a boat seat in an aluminum boat. At least how I did it.

I went to work installing a boat seat this weekend and it’s great, I can turn in my new helm chair because it swivels. I can lean back in the boatseat and not risk falling backwards, and I can see quite well. Not to mention my legs aren’t up around my chest anymore, so I am less cramped up at the end of a day of fishing.

However…I think I have to move the seat over a bit, as it is a bit of a longer reach to the Evinrude outboard motor. When I installing a boat seat it seemed to be in the right place, but now I think it is a little too far forward.

My Evinrude has a tiller steering system and the higher seat has put me a little farther away from the tiller than is comfortable resulting in long reach back, that can’t be good. I think I can fix it by moving the boat seat over an inch or two which I will do this upcoming weekend.

The other thing I hadn’t considered about installing a boat seat was the extra height puts me up in the wind quite a bit, and it also probably means I could fall out of the boat a little easier….neither of those things are attractive to me….so it looks like there might be a little experimentation before I get it right. I am not crazy about raising my center of gravity in the boat.

As you can see from the photo, I mounted the swivel seat base on a piece of three quarter inch plywood, then using 1 1/2 inch sheet metal screws I screwed the plywood firmly to the aluminum boat seat.

Pop the seat down on the base and you’re good to go…except the length of the seat post made the seat sit too high, raising my center of gravity and increasing the distance to reach back to the outboard motor tiller control.

So I decided to shorten things up a bit. Taking too much off the post would make the seat unstable, so I cut off about an inch with a hacksaw. It was still a bit too long, so using my electric drill I drilled into the plywood through the pedestal base so that the post would drop down another 3/4 inch. That seemed to be enough.

If that doesn’t do it, the next thing will be to drill a hole in the boat seat itself to allow the swivel post to drop down a little further….before long I should have a hole drilled right through the seat into the bottom of the boat…I don’t think that would be good.

I kind of fell into this stuff when I came across the mounting post and base in I believe Walmart when we were in the United States shopping. If I was doing it again, I think I would go with Boat Seat Swivel that attaches to a slide in base like this Low Profile Seat Slide I like the lower profile that provides.

All that said, I love having the seat in the boat, not only does it make the boat look better, installing a boat seat makes a boat ride much more comfortable and fishing is much easier as the swivel allows me to turn in the seat and reach back to pull a big lunker trout into the dipnet….

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One thought on “Installing Boat Seats In An Aluminum Boat”

  1. Fantastic post because it contains very useful information on how to install boat seats on boats made out of very tough materials such as aluminum Well thought, well written and very to understand. Thanks for the post!

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