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Old 05-16-2014, 10:33 AM   #21
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Those $15 Walmart chairs are the other extreme though - very, very flimsy. The last two we bought broke and collapsed the first evening we used them. We're not skinny by any means but we're not 900 lbs either. Next time we're going to try the good old tubular aluminum folding chairs with the 2" webbing that they've been making since the 1950's.
Those chairs have a weight limit written on the tag.

After losing a pair of decent (but not $150) chairs off the dock and into the water, we've taken to using the cheap "Walmart" chairs. It's easy to find them for less than $15, they are at sports stores, drug stores, etc. I gave up on the bags and just keep the chairs. If they break or blow overboard, it's no great loss. My boat is small enough that folding them up is an asset.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:21 AM   #22
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We have one of the stainless steel ones and they are heavy as heck. PIA lifting it out of the cockpit to the dock when I need to do a wash down. If I were to buy another, it definitely would be the aluminum.
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:49 AM   #23
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A chair is a chair! BUT - Aboard boat a really comfortable, long lasting, accommodative chair is worth its weight in gold for long periods of deck sitting while on the hook and simply enjoying the pleasures of boat life.

$100 marine-comfort chair that lasts 5 to 10 years = $10 to $20 per year. $200 marine chair = $20 to $40 per year. Have four aboard and cost = $80 to $160 per year.

If you can't afford that for overall hundreds of hours comfortable sitting aboard boat... might I suggest... skate boarding as your new inexpensive hobby - NO chair Needed!

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Old 05-16-2014, 12:05 PM   #24
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We have the Walmart specials on board, and they are great for storing when not used.

When in use, they are great for storing when not used.

As mentioned, horrible back support and generally very uncomfortable. Quite unstable to boot. Don't dare use them inside on the teak floor as they would mark it in an instant.

They're probably okay for camping or as backup for extra crew that you don't like.
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Old 05-16-2014, 12:25 PM   #25
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Greetings,
Mr. A. Skateboarding? Are you serious? This thread is about chairs. And people say I'M nuts!!!!!



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Old 05-16-2014, 02:15 PM   #26
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We have a couple of these chairs. Chair and recliner. Very comfortable. Not too expensive. Avialable many places.

Amazon.com: Strathwood Basics Anti-Gravity Adjustable Recliner Chair, Dark Brown with Champagne Frame: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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Old 05-16-2014, 06:25 PM   #27
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I hate to admit it, because I sell the nice Garelick chairs, but I've got a couple of those cheap, store in a bag, chairs on my boat. They are not very comfortable but it's the only chair I can stow out of the way in my little boat.

Another option is the Garelick High Back Padded Deck Chair. Not bad for comfort and stows better than the cushion chairs.

Sells for about $60.

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Old 05-16-2014, 07:02 PM   #28
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No need for chairs here.

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Old 05-16-2014, 07:09 PM   #29
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Hey parks....that's not a bad looking chair. Might even be OK for the veranda. I'd probably take that color, but are there any others? The Garelick cushioned deck chairs to take up a bunch of space, but they keep kids and adults stable in Biscayne Bay holiday traffic.
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Hi Larry,
That's the only color they come in.
Here is a link to the Garelick page showing them.
EEz-In DESIGNER SERIES PADDED DECK CHAIR - ANODIZED ALUMINUM - Garelick EEz-In

When folded it's about half the size of the cushioned chair. The box they come in is about the same size as the cushion chair comes in but the padded chair comes two to a box vs one for the cushioned.

Stop by the store some afternoon with something cold, we'll put a couple of chairs on the dock to test while we watch the river traffic.
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:57 AM   #31
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One big advantage to some of the folding chairs is the angle of the backrest is adjustable .

The best source of folding chairs is at an RV accessory shop like Camper World.

Many are on display , so one can get a comfortable unit by just sitting in each.

Your bride may prefer a different choice.
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LL Beans, Freeport ME has a really good selection of chairs and many other outdoor items.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:52 AM   #33
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Greetings,
We have both folding and non folding seating for aft deck use. The Admiral prefers the folding type and I the fixed. Both stow to our satisfaction although the folding DO take up less space. Both are lightweight and less expensive which does enter into the equation the advantages of which have been previously mentioned

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I have fitted rubber feet to both and the deck seems unscathed. I am considering a folding directors type chair for the pilothouse (taller than first image) as I don't have but 30" between the wheel and the step up to the pilot berth in the PH.
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I had two of the Garelick High Back Padded Deck Chairs on the last boat, we found that they sat well, were light weight and easy to stow.
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Next folding chair I buy will be this one. I hear it's got great back support.

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Next folding chair I buy will be this one. I hear it's got great back support.

This one has piqued my interest due to its apparent comfort and stowability. Anyone have real life experience with the Strongback? The Elite in particular?
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We have 4 teak type, acacia wood I think, folding slatted chairs, plus a folding table. They look the part on an older boat, are surprisingly comfortable, stack away easily,are fine used in the cockpit or cabin. Cost about $50 each, will outlast me.
That`s what we use as well.
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