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I keep breaking boat seats

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In the past year, I've broken three boat seats.  The manufacturer warranty has covered all of them, but that'll end in about a year.  The hard plastic bottom splits in half near the back of the seat, at which point it basically becomes a recliner with no back support.

I'm a big guy, I fish very rough conditions, and I make long runs, so my seats take a beating.  I'm wondering whether something like a Smooth Moves seat will prevent breakage.  It's about the same price as a new boat seat, so I don't think I have much to lose from trying it.  Is there anything better (besides staying home on windy days)?

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Can you post a picture of your boat and seat arrangement? We may be able to help more if we see that.

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Is the hinge detachable, so you can take the bottom off.   If so, it's a pretty easy fix

What I've done several times is strip it down and use a piece of 7 ply 3/4" plywood with exterior glue and make a new bottom and back.  You won't break it then.

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2 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Can you post a picture of your boat and seat arrangement? We may be able to help more if we see that.

Thanks, guys.  The boat's in storage for the winter, so I can't take any pictures.  It's a Skeeter WX2190.  I've attached the best picture I could find.  The seats have a dark, hard plastic base.

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Thanks for posting the pictures. The answer is yes.  I think a seat base like that will work fine on that style boat . Go over to the link here. http://www.smoothmovesseats.com.  This is the seat base Babe Winkelman has used for years. My wife and I met him in Harrisburg PA at a fishing show several years ago. The thing that impressed me was a point he made during his talk and again when we spoke to him and his wife. They have advertised for a handful of sponsors over the years. He values loyalty and many of his sponsors have been with him for some time. I know he used to run Polar Kraft boats for many years. As crazy as the boat industry has been for the last 30 years, I am amazed he has only run a couple of boat manufacturers products. Anyway he has advertised and demonstrated those seat bases on his show.

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Lose some weight. Fewer broken seats and you'll live (and therefore fish) longer. I say this as a fellow big guy needing to lose weight. In the same boat, figuratively.

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1 hour ago, Avalonjohn44 said:

Lose some weight. Fewer broken seats and you'll live (and therefore fish) longer. I say this as a fellow big guy needing to lose weight. In the same boat, figuratively.

Yeah same here..................but until then, just buy more seats, that's what I do. LOL..............I ain't found one yet that I can't break.

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I found that if I put all of my weight on the seat, my butt and back take a pounding and I assume the seat does too.  If I lean forward a bit and keep my feet under me and allow my legs/knees to take some of the shock, it's a much nicer ride.  I'm upwards of 350# and have not broke a seat in the 12 seasons I've been running my boat.....and I fish Lake Erie almost exclusively.

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