Cheaply Made Boat Seats

I bought three new seats last Fall, two from Overtons and one from Cabelas. I didn’t like the way the arms rests mounted on the Overtons seats, I had to drill my own holes in plastic and I had to drill through narrow rib and the arm rests holes didn’t line up so I had to drill at an angle to try to get into the solid part of the rib. I wrote to Overtons and complained and they weren’t too anxious to help, they said thats the way they are supposed to be and that was that. I could have returned them but what a hassle to ship such a large item times two. So I figured I would test them out and see if they held up. Which they did so far but the snaps fell apart. I tried putting them back in and re hammering them to get a better bite but they fell apart again. So I tried a few things and made something myself using a screw and copper wire. I could still send them back but they will no doubt just send two more and they are super cheaply made in china.

The cabelas snap is larger but the seat looks identical in construction and it too is made in china. I bet they buy these seats dirt cheap and make a large profit and fisherman get ripped on expensive boat seats. The arm rest was the same, I had to drill my own holes at an angle. I called them and they treated me the same way, that’s the way they are supposed to be. They too have a one year warranty which is still good and I am half tempted to send them all back. The material is cheap and scratches easily. They are very stiff and not very comfortable.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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