The right kayak seat

A kayak seat sets the tone for how well an angler will like a particular boat. Usually, you can pick out a good seat just by looking at it. The quality of the seat is often the best indicator of the overall quality of the boat.

The benefits of a good seat in a fishing kayak is comfort. This applies regardless of whether you choose a sit-on-top model or a cockpit style boat. Since not every seat is going to fit every paddler, it’s important that the existing or replacement seat be adjustable to provide the correct fit for the size, shape, and weight of the one using it.

Some seats are comfortable for a few trips, and then due to inferior quality construction or materials, may start to deteriorate and become uncomfortable. So when choosing a seat, look for one of sturdy construction made from durable materials.

For the kayaking angler, a seat that integrates properly with the boat will also enhance how it fishes by giving the angler good support, a wide range of motion, and may even be adjustable in height to allow the angler a higher vantage point when sight fishing or casting to specific targets.

Replace it

Most replacement or upgraded seats fit into one of four categories – universal design, two-piece, frame, and inflatable.

The universal design is also referred to as a clam shell and comes equipped with belts, buckles, and other connections both to secure the seat to the boat and to customize the fit to the user. A two-piece design is similar to the universal, but the two pieces connect to the boat independently. The frame design is often the hardest to fit unless made for a particular boat, costs more than the other varieties, but also provides the most support. Finally, inflatable seats are available offering comfort, but generally lacking in fit or design, and are usually the cheapest models.

Some specially designed frame seats may cost as much or more than some boats, but the comfort and fit are undeniable. The most popular replacement models fall into the universal/clamshell variety and are made of EVA foam, neoprene, or a combination of quality materials and range in price between $50 and $250.

A final note about replacing seats is to check the manufacturer website to see if they offer a replacement or upgraded seat option that can be purchased separately.

This post first appeared on CarolinaSportsman.com.

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