August 10th, 2013
BassBoatSeats.com – Product Reviewby Grant Pentiricci June 11, 2013
Last fall, I had a visitor who decided that there was something interesting inside my bass boat seats. This “Guest” tore holes into my bass boat seats, among other acts I won’t mention, and made a horrible mess. This raccoon was consequently trapped and humanely relocated; but the damage was done. My bass boat seats had to be replaced.
I thought about having the 60/40 seats re-upholstered. However, estimates varied widely and the quality of materials used was a concern. I also wanted to change from a dated 60/40 split to something more comfortable and up-to-date such as bucket seats.
After cruising the internet for a while, I found the folks at BassBoatSeats.com. They had some great designs that really suited my needs. With full bench seat sets starting from $199.99 (including shipping) their prices were more than fair, so I decided to give them a try.
After some measuring, I decided to order the charcoal/gray buckets for my boat, along with a 12″ jump seat in grey for the middle just in case we had a third angler in the boat. I also decided to replace my pedestal fishing seat with something that matched my new seats. I ordered the “Centric II” because it looked great and had some ergonomic benefits as well.
Here’s what I noticed about the seats when they arrived:
- The seats were stitched with heavy duty thread and the workmanship was good
- All hardware was included with the seats
- The seats were factory fresh; they didn’t look like they had been sitting in a warehouse for a long time
- Everything was well-packed for my home delivery
The buckets have 9″ of seat padding to enhance comfort. I really like the support for my back and sides that the buckets provide in rough water. Although a little pricier than the two-piece seat options, the buckets really give my boat a more refined look. You will have to measure carefully to ensure that you have at least a 21″ depth because these buckets are big and won’t fit in some smaller boats. Thankfully, BassBoatSeats.com has full measurements and specifications on their site. If in doubt, the team at BassBoatSeats.com will be able to confirm if they will be a good fit in your boat model.
I ordered the Centric II seat from their associated website, BoatSeatStore.com. At a retail price of $265.00, it boasts features such as SAS (Shock Absorbing System) and molded hand grips for stability. I also like the sleek look that this seat adds to the boat as it looks great open or folded down. It’s like a showpiece because it sits on the back of the boat and is visible. The photos speak for themselves. Mounting the Centric II seat is simple. There were standard bolt holes to mount this seat onto a pedestal. I recently fished in pouring rain and noticed that this seat also has a drainage system for rainwater.
Installation was a breeze! I simply removed the packaging and unscrewed the shipping screws. In my Stratos 21SS Extreme, the gas tank is right behind the seats. I chose to mount my buckets into my boat by screwing them down through the bottom. This is easily accomplished using the mounting holes. For hinged applications you can easily use the piano hinge kits that are available. If you are mounting the bucket seats into a fish n’ ski, there are standard pedestal mounting holes on the bottom of the seats.
The customer service that I received from BassBoatSeats.com was top notch. I had a few questions relating to the fit of the seats into my boat and the emails were answered immediately!
The seats looked so great, along with my new carpet, that I was inspired to tackle a few more boat modifications that I’ve been thinking of doing for a while (stay-tuned for more articles on these projects).
If you are thinking of replacing the seats, hardware or carpeting in your boat, check out their Facebook page, and Websites: BassBoatSeats.com, BoatSeatStore.com, PontoonStuff.com, and BoatCarpetBuys.com
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci