Budget-minded Boat Improvements that Increase Resell Value

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With boating season under way, officials at iboats.com say replacing boat furniture is one of the best ways to increase the value and appeal of an older boat.

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Boating season has begun and replacing boat furniture this year is one of the best ways to increase the value and appeal of an older boat. Whether preparing to sell a used boat or simply looking for an economical way to get that new boat look and feel, officials at iboats.com say refurbishing a boat’s interior is the answer to save money and increase the value and enjoyment of an older boat. Whether selling or renovating, these boating professionals say upgrading the boat seats may be the perfect option for a boater on a budget.

For years, pontoon boat owners have been known for replacing entire seat layouts to revitalize older pontoon boats. However, this isn't just an option for pontoon owners. In recent years quality marine seat manufacturers have begun to offer matching boat furniture pieces for bass boats, ski boats, offshore boats and many other boat styles. It is now a considerably easier process to replace old, faded, worn out boat seats by choosing from a wide selection of seat styles and colors.

Bruno Vassel, president of the online boating store iboats.com, which carries literally hundreds of different style replacement boat seats in numerous colors, says “iboats hosted an Ugly Boat Seat Contest a while ago, and from the many photos of ratty, old seats submitted and comments from boat owners, there is interest by boaters for an economical way to upgrade the look and functionality of their older boat, and installing new boat seats is the answer for both value and ease.”

As any Realtor will tell you, there are certain home improvements that can directly increase the home value. The same is true with boats. Boat seating is one of those features that can make or break the sale of a used boat. The layout, style, color and condition of the seats determine both the feel and function of the boat. Replacing seats that have been stepped on far too often can turn an old, worn out boat into one that will look and feel new to its next owner.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports over 17-million registered new and used boats in the United States, with approximately 81% of the boats being 5 years or older. According to Info-Link, which monitors the recreational boating industry, the average age of pre-owned boats has grown over the past few years from 15 to 20 years old.

Many first-time boaters would love to have a new boat to enjoy time on the water, but often that expense isn't in the budget yet. Fortunately, new seating provides a new boat look and feel at a cost of hundreds, rather than thousands. Through years of use the foam padding in boat seats breaks down and a day boating becomes a day of sore backs and backsides. New marine grade seats use all virgin foam with high compression properties. Replacement seating options offer choices from ergonomic styles and high-back options for the best support and comfort.

Installing new seats on a boat is a fairly straightforward project that most boaters feel comfortable tackling as a do-it-yourself project. Different tools are required depending on the seat style being replaced, but typically the most advanced tool that is needed is an electric drill. There are many online resources to answer questions about installing boat seats, such as the iboats Forums.

Most of the aftermarket seat manufacturers, such as Wise, Attwood, Tempress and Garelick, also provide seats for boat builders. This means that aftermarket seats are equal, or sometimes even better in quality, to the original equipment seating. The top manufacturers use marine grade frames, foam, hardware and marine vinyl. The components and construction methods for replacement seats are the same as those used for new boat seats, but at very reasonable prices.

Replacing boat seats is the perfect way to keep an older boat looking sharp and remaining functional. Replacing old seats isn't a tough job. For the boater on a budget, now is the time to think about replacing older seats, so the boating season can be enjoyed in comfort and style.

About iboats.com
iboats.com, located in Salt Lake City, Utah is a Internet company that focuses on building the sales and profits of marine retailers, and providing new and used boat information and classified listings and online shopping of boat parts and accessories to consumers. More information on iboats.com products and services is available at http://www.iboats.com.

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