A boat can be utilized for so many different purposes – all it takes is a bit of advance planning when considering how you’re going to use the space available to you. One of the best things you can do to optimize your boat’s capacity is to think about a more creative arrangement of its seating. And sure enough, if you do some research, you’re very likely to come across the idea of folding boat seats at least on several occasions. What makes these seats so great (and popular) though?
For starters, they can easily conserve space. Say you want to use your boat for a combination of lounging and transporting goods. Obviously the first will require enough seating space available (especially if you plan on taking more people aboard), while the second option presumes you’ll have lots of room to store your cargo in. This is where folding boat seats come into play – the fact that you can easily fold the seat down means you’re effectively increasing the available room in your boat, for whatever purposes you may need it.
To properly arrange a set of folding seats on your boat, you should take into consideration how you’re going to use it for cargo transportation. That is, imagine your boat, with its initial empty space, filled up with goods – where are you going to lay those down, and how much room are you going to need? Then simply make a basic plan of the seating arrangement with regards to that initial idea. Scatter the seats around the edges of your boat, in a manner that still leaves enough space for the rest of the cargo. It would be best if you positioned them in such a way that when they’re folded down, you can lay down some lighter boxes on top of them, maximizing the carrying potential of your boat.
Of course, don’t overuse the idea of folding boat seats – it may sound like a bit of a redundant advice, but many people get so overwhelmed with the idea of conserving space on their boats that they simply use folding seats as a complete solution. Yes, this can be very efficient in conserving space, but you have to consider that folding seats are inherently not very aesthetically pleasing, so overusing them can have a bit of a degrading effect on your boat’s visuals. Only use folding seats in the places of your boat where you can truly use the extra available space, and fill the rest with regular seats (swiveling ones can be a good idea if you want to give your passengers a bit more flexibility, or perhaps use the boat for fishing purposes).
We shouldn’t even have to mention that you need to take great care and consideration when picking the folding mechanism – some manufacturers offer solutions that conserve a bit of space, but they may end up being rather useless for storing goods on top of the seats, as those mechanisms can be very fragile and unstable.