How to remove swivel boat seats

Removing swivel boat seats is a relatively straightforward process, but it may vary slightly depending on the specific type of boat seat and swivel mechanism you have. Here are the general steps for removing swivel boat seats:

Materials you will need:

  1. Socket set or adjustable wrench

  2. Pliers or locking pliers (Vice grips)

  3. Screwdriver

  4. Safety goggles

  5. Safety gloves

  6. Bolt or fastener replacement (if needed)


  1. Safety precautions: Ensure your boat is on a stable surface, and the seat you're removing is accessible. Wear safety goggles and gloves to protect yourself during the process.

  2. Inspect the seat: Examine the swivel boat seat and the swivel mechanism to determine how it's attached and secured to the boat. Swivel boat seats can be attached using a variety of methods, such as bolts, screws, or clamps.

  3. Locate fasteners: Identify the fasteners or bolts that are securing the swivel seat to the boat. These are typically found on the swivel base or on the seat mount itself.

  4. Use a socket set or wrench: Use the appropriate socket set or wrench to loosen and remove the fasteners or bolts. Turn them counterclockwise (lefty-loosey) to loosen. If there are multiple fasteners, remove all of them.

  5. Gently lift the seat: Once the fasteners are removed, gently lift the swivel boat seat from the swivel base or seat mount. Be cautious not to damage the boat or the seat during removal.

  6. Inspect and clean: After removing the seat, inspect the swivel mechanism and seat mount for any signs of wear, damage, or corrosion. Clean the components if necessary.

  7. Store or replace: Depending on your needs, you can either store the removed seat in a safe location or replace it with a new seat or a different type of seating arrangement.

  8. Reassemble or replace (if needed): If you're reassembling the seat or installing a new one, follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation. Make sure to use the appropriate fasteners and torque them to the recommended specifications to ensure a secure attachment.

  9. Test the seat: Before taking your boat out on the water, ensure that the reinstalled or replaced seat is securely fastened and functioning properly.

Always exercise caution and follow safety guidelines when removing or installing boat seats. The specific steps and tools required may vary based on the type of boat and swivel seats you have, so consult your boat's manual or seek guidance from a professional if you have any uncertainties or encounter difficulties during the removal process.


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