- Written by Roberto Bell
When it comes to fixing up a boat the one this that gets overlooked the most often is the boat seat and pedestal. However, having a comfortable boat seat can be the most important part of your boating experience. If you are fishing or just taking a relaxing trip around the lake you want to have a comfortable place to sit. But when it comes to fixing or replacing your boat seats and pedestals the information can be quite overwhelming.
Online you can find any number of tips to boat seat repair and if there is just small tear or whole then repairing can be the better option. However, the extent of the damage or the size of the problem will determine the amount of help you need to look for. You may even be able to completely replace your seats and pedestals on your own, but it all depends on your skill set and the tools you have to complete the job.
If you are good with your hands, have the basic knowledge of boat repair kids and have the necessary tools then you can often get through the repair to your boat seats and pedestals with just a simple guide. However, for others it may be better to hire a professional to do the job. While hiring a professional can be a bit costly it may be preferred in order to get something that looks better and lasts longer. The decision over which to do is entirely your own.
If a boat seat tear is small and accessible then the owner may choose to repair on his or her own. However, some damages many require a time consuming and dexterous solution. Sometimes it may be better to hire a professional to replace the entire seat rather than doing a quick patch. If you can afford it this is often the better long-term option. The best part of this option is you can update the style of your boat while replacing the old seats.
When it comes to a pinpoint tear in your boat seats these can be easily fixed with a patch and there are many choices available on the market today. You can easily find a patch that matches the color and texture of your boat seat either at a boat accessory shop or through online dealers. Doing this can often be the best way to avoid costly repairs done by the professional. However, know when you are in over your head and when to ask for help. Sometimes a small job may turn into something bigger that you can't handle and doing it the wrong way will just lead to even more costly repairs later on down the line.
While hiring a professional will be more expensive for boat seat and pedestal replacements you also need to keep in mind that you will be getting good service. Although if you don't have a lot of money then you can often stretch your funds by just knowing the basics of small repairs. If you have the skills and tools then all you need is a little dedication and patience to do the job yourself and save some money on boat accessory problems.
- Written by Roberto Bell
When it comes to reupholstering your boat seats you are doing a lot of work. Reupholstering your boat seats requires you to provide your seat with padding, spring, webbing and the fabric cover. Basically there are three elements of a boat seat that you need to consider when reupholstering boat seats. These are the frame, support system and fabric cover. But how do you know when its time to reupholster your boat seats?
The quality of the three elements mentioned above would determine when it is time to reupholster your boat seats. If you have a quality frame that is made of hardwoods they have been slowly dried in a kiln in order to prevent warping. Then there is the support systems are the critical elements such as the springs, webbing and padding. The stuffing placed over these springs and the padding under the outside fabric is what helps to give your seat its softness. For top quality seats the most common stuffing is down features covered with a layer of fiberfill.
It is best to have some experience with smaller upholstery projects or training through an upholstery course before attempting to reupholster your boat seats. If you feel uncomfortable doing the work then you can always have your boat seats reupholstered professionally or install new seats in your boat. Upholstery may seem like an easy task but it is actually long and involved. Upholstery actually requires specialized tools and specific education or training.
When you start to take your boat seat apart you will know whether it is worth reupholstering or just replacing. If the frame and springs are of good quality then you can reupholster. But if the frame or springs are starting to go then it is better to buy a new boat seat since you will end up spending more on fixing the old seat.
You can also choose to reupholster your boat seats if you simply want a change of style or design for your boat. Make sure you pick a fabric that is durable and easy to clean since it will see outside weather a lot. There are many colors and textures of fabric available to choose from. You can choose any type of color scheme or texture that you prefer for your new boat style.
The easiest way to reupholster a boat seat is to use the old fabric as a template for your new fabric. You should use upholstery weight fabric since they are more wrinkle resistant and provide a more durable cover for your boat seats. If there is worn stuffing or foam you should replace this as well otherwise you will just have to tear the cover off later to replace the inside.
Depending on the type of boat seat you have the task may be easy or difficult. A simple bench seat or stool can be easy to repair. A captain's chair or sofa style seating in a luxury or cruising boat may be more difficult to repair. If you can't remove the seat then you may want to consider hiring someone to come and give you an estimate for the project. It is always cheaper and quicker to have it done right the first time.
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