Driver Seat Cushion

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Donut1, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. Donut1

    Donut1 New Member

    Feb 9, 2017
    I have a '98 185 and the driver seat is uncomfortable while driving since I tend to stand on one leg and place my knee on the seat.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a pad that can be dropped on the seat for added height and comfort?

  2. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    You could have one made at a local upholstery shop. They can made it to the dimensions you want and make the foam as stiff as you want so it will support the weight of the person sitting on it.
  3. hblock72

    hblock72 Member

    May 11, 2009
    Salisbury, NC (High Rock Lake)
    2007 185 sport w/wakeboard package
    4.3 TKS
    The flip up bolster seats available on late model boats are really nice and a great solution to this problem. Might be possible to retro-fit one onto you boat. Might be a bit pricey though???
  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Apr 21, 2009
    The obvious solution is to learn to get comfortable by sitting down :) But if you want to use the seat in a way it wasn't intended, then the sky is really the limit. The cheapest solution would be to use your Type IV device (or two) as the pad since that is already on the boat and is free. A fender may be another option for you and is (should be) still in the "free" category. You could also increase the height of the chair by either adding plywood underneath it or a longer post. The other options, above, are also good ones.
  5. CNYBoater

    CNYBoater Member

    Aug 14, 2017
    1994 200 Overnighter, Single Axle Easy Load'r Galvanized Trailer, 2009 Chevy Trailblazer
    Single 1994 Mercury Black Max V135 O/B
    I know where Donut1 is coming from, as it was 98+ on the water last Wednesday and I wanted my head over the windshield just for the wind. I put my two Type IV cushions in the captains chair for the added lift.

    That is a cheaper option that swapping your pedestal for a height adjusting one, and way cheaper than a captains chair with built in bolster. Especially since replacing the seat would mismatch your upholstery.
  6. dutchman

    dutchman Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    2016 GTS185
    Merc 4.5L MPI 200
    When I had my 2008 sport, it did not have the bolster seat. At the time, I couldn't find anything like the above bolster buddy, which looks like a good option. So made my own, carved a booster seat out of firm foam to match the seat cushion, wrapped it in some fabric and it worked good for the extra height. Cost $0. When not in use, it was placed on the floor by my feet.

    If you have the tube style pedestal, get a longer tube, or you can easily upgrade to the bolster seat version. I wanted the Searay ones but couldn't find the correct color and were pretty pricey. Aftermarkets were cheaper cost, and looked very tempting, but would have to buy 2 for a matching set (still under $500 for both).
    I went the most expensive route and bought a new boat that came with a bolster seat.

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