How to Install Pedestal Boat Seats

How to Install Pedestal Boat Seats
Installing a pedestal seat may send some boaters running for cover because they're afraid they'll overload the deck or its support. If they're replacing a pedestal seat, they may forget that the deck is already reinforced to support pedestal seating. If they're replacing a bench seat, they may not know that boat manufacturers expect that they'll replace their bench seating at some point, and reinforce the area under the bench seating with an extra support (called a stringer).

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Screwdriver Adjustable wrench No. 14 screws, 2 1/2 inches long
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • No. 14 screws, 2 1/2 inches long
Step 1
Use a screwdriver to remove the screws on the old seats and then remove the seat. If the old seats are bolted in place, unbolt them with an adjustable wrench.
Step 2
Remove the old seats from the boat. If possible, ensure that no vital systems, such as steering cables, water lines or electrical wires are under the flooring.
Step 3
Set the new pedestal seats in place and screw them to the deck with No. 14 screws that are 2 1/2 inches long. These are available at most hardware stores.

Tips & Warnings

 
If you're replacing a bench seat with a pedestal, remember that no matter how you turn the seat pedestal, at least two screws will go into a stringer. This will provide sufficient anchoring power for the seat.
 
If you're replacing a bench seat with a pedestal, remember that no matter how you turn the seat pedestal, at least two screws will go into a stringer. This will provide sufficient anchoring power for the seat.
 
Remember that if you add these seats to an aluminum boat, you need to add a deck first. Otherwise you'll simply be putting holes in the bottom of your boat.
 
Remember that if you add these seats to an aluminum boat, you need to add a deck first. Otherwise you'll simply be putting holes in the bottom of your boat.

Article Written By Will Charpentier

Will Charpentier is a writer who specializes in boating and maritime subjects. A retired ship captain, Charpentier holds a doctorate in applied ocean science and engineering. He is also a certified marine technician and the author of a popular text on writing local history.

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