This seat pedestal from Leader Accessories is a good option if you’re looking for adjustable height. It can be set between 14 and 20 inches high, with a choice of seven different lock-in positions. It also rotates through 360 degrees, making it a good option for fishing.
The platform measures 13 inches by 7 inches, and it slides between the fore and aft positions. The base has an outside diameter of 9 inches, so it’s nice and sturdy. And the mounting holes are 2 7/8th inches wide. Installing it is pretty straightforward too.
It’s made of anodized aluminum, so it’s strong without being too heavy. The whole thing weighs in at 12 pounds.
There are, though, a couple of niggles to be aware of.
The first is that the slide isn’t as strong as the rest of the pedestal. It will flex when you handle it, and it’s also rather loose. You may find the front of your seat moves up and down by as much as an inch once mounted. You can, of course, remove the slide to deal with that issue.
And we’ve heard of a couple of cases where it’s proved difficult to adjust the seat height. You do need to be able to screw it in tight to prevent slippage.
Adjustable height, from 14 to 20 inches
Rotates through 360 degrees
Lightweight and easy to install
The slide is rather rattly
Some have found it difficult to tighten the nut sufficiently to prevent the seat slipping up and down.
Attwood’s Swivl-Eze pedestal has a black powder-coated finish to protect it from corrosion, even in harsh conditions. It looks very smart too, and it’s keenly priced.
It has welded joints, so it’s nice and strong. The height can be adjusted from 11.5 to 17.5 inches.
But note that, despite the name, this doesn’t actually swivel! You can, however, purchase a swivel separately and attach it to the top of the post. It’s not expensive and installation is very easy.
One other thing to be aware of is that this is prone to rattling. That’s because the height adjustment is made possible by two tubes that sit inside each other. The inner tube moves inside the outer one, but the fit isn’t very snug. The result is a noise that some will find annoying.
The good news is that it’s easy to fix this. Just wrap some electrical tape around the inner tube. You want just enough to allow it to still slide into the outer tube. Taking up some of the extra space, though, will take care of the rattle.
Smart black powder-coated finish to resist corrosion
Height adjustable from 11.5 to 17.5 inches
Welded joints for extra strength
If you want it to swivel, you’ll need to buy a separate component
Has a tendency to rattle – though that’s easy to fix.
The Lock’n-Pin is the second pedestal from Attwood to make our list. With this one, the height is fixed at 11 inches. The tube is made of brushed aluminum, so it’s strong but lightweight, and it’s 1.5 inches in diameter.
The Lock’n-pin mechanism is designed to stop the post from detaching from the base or seat by accident. Some people, however, find it works a little too effectively.
Once it’s in place, it’s tough to separate. So if you want to use it with a variety of seats, this won’t be the best option.
Note that this is just the extension post, so you’ll need to buy the base separately. If you’re looking for something to replace an existing post, however, it will be ideal. And it’s also a great option for taller users wanting to raise their seat.
It includes a 360-degree swivel, making it perfect for those who want the freedom of all-round visibility. The pin is 0.75 inches in diameter and is made of non-threaded steel.
Note, though, that it isn’t stainless steel. That means if it comes into contact with saltwater, it will eventually rust. If your boat is seagoing, you’ll probably find you need to replace it after a couple of years.
Strong but lightweight aluminum construction
Swivels through 360 degrees
Lock’n-pin mechanism prevents accidental detachment from the base or seat
The pin attaching the post to the base isn’t stainless, so will eventually corrode if in contact with saltwater
Once in place, it’s hard to separate the pole from the seat.
This pedestal from Wise is another one that offers adjustable height. In this case, the minimum is 12 inches, and it can be extended to 18 inches. Simply pull and turn the knob to select your chosen height. It’s easy enough to do (although not, perhaps, quite as easy as lever models).
It’s one of the more expensive seat pedestals on our list. If you’re prepared to spend the money, though, you’ll get a very solidly constructed item. It’s made of anodized aluminum that’s 2 7/8th inches thick and polished to a mirror shine.
The base is 9 inches across and comes with six recessed holes for mounting. The standard five 0.25-inch seat mounting pattern will fit virtually all brands of marine seating.
It has a spider mount for the seat and will rotate through 360 degrees. There’s a lock to secure it in place, which you’ll need to use at speeds of over 5 miles per hour. It meets all American Boat and Yacht Council standards for class AD seating. In other words, it can be used for drivers’ seats.
One thing to note with this one is that it doesn’t come with any instructions. Be prepared to spend a little time figuring out how to install and use it – but it’s all pretty straightforward.
Extendable from 12 to 18 inches
Rotates through 360 degrees, and can be locked in place
Meets all ABYC standards for drivers’ seating
The knob to adjust the height isn’t quite as easy to use as a lever would be
It doesn’t come with any instructions, though set-up and use are pretty simple.
If you’re looking for an extra-long post, check out this one from Springfield. It extends from 22.5 inches all the way up to 29 inches. That makes it just as suitable for a leaning post as for a seat. And the movement is very smooth too.
It’s designed to be used with a threaded base, and you’ll need to buy that separately. Springfield recommend using it with KingPin bases, but other brands will work just as well. Just make sure it’s 0.75 inches in diameter.
The section for mounting to the seat is 5 5/8th-inch square. And it will rotate through 360 degrees, so it’s great for fishing.
One thing to note, though, is that it can be difficult to detach the seating if you want to change it. On the plus side, once it’s in place, it’s very secure.
Adjustable height from 22.5 to 28.5 inches
Rotates through 360 degrees
You’ll need to buy the base separately
Once attached, it can be tricky to change the seating.
The 1603825 is the second seat pedestal from Springfield to make our list. This one is shorter, extending from a minimum of 13 to a maximum of 16 inches. But it will still give you extra height over 11-inch versions.
It’s adjusted using a simple turning knob, and the movement is nice and smooth. The post is 2 3/8th inches in diameter. A posi-lock system holds it securely in place at your chosen height.
Note that if you don’t already have a base, you’ll need to buy one separately. It’s compatible with any of Springfield’s Taper-Lock bases. And it will rotate through 360 degrees without needing a separate swivel.
It’s made of aluminum, and at just under four pounds, it won’t add too much weight to your boat. If you’re looking for something to carry someone with a heavier build, however, you may prefer something with more heft.
This is nevertheless solidly constructed and good quality. And it comes with a five-year warranty if you buy it from an authorized dealer.
It’s easy to adjust the height from 13 to 16 inches
Posi-lock system holds it securely in place
Rotates through 360 degrees without requiring the purchase of a swivel
May not feel the most secure for those with heavier builds
You’ll need to buy the base separately if you don’t already have one.
If you’re looking for a fixed height pedestal, this competitively priced design from Five Oceans could be the perfect fit. It comes in a choice of 8 or 14-inch models. We’re going to focus here on the 8-inch version.
It includes a 360 degree swivel for all-round visibility, but note that there’s no lock with this. That means that it won’t be suitable for use with the driver’s seat. And the swivel isn’t particularly robust. Lubricating the ball bearings inside may help.
The post is made of EDC steel for strength, and it’s powder-coated to protect the metal from corrosion. The black finish looks good too.
The base is square, with mounting holes at each corner. Each side measures 6 3/8th inches, and the distance between the mounting holes is 4 7/8th inches. The mount will fit most standard boating seats. Note, though, that you’ll need to provide your own mounting hardware.
Good value for money
360-degree swivel provides all-round visibility
The mount will fit most standard boating seats
The swivel isn’t the most robust
Doesn’t lock, so won’t be suitable for use with the driver’s seat.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly replacement seat post, this one from Shoreline is well worth considering. It will cost about the same as a few cups of coffee at a smart coffee bar.
It’s made of brushed aluminum, and it’s 11 inches long and 1.5 inches across at its widest point. Note that this is just the extension post – you’ll need to buy a base separately if you don’t already have one.
It features a 0.75-inch pin-style mounting, and it will fit most brands of 7-inch by 7-inch marine seating. The pin here isn’t threaded. Tight nylon brushing provides stability and ensures there’s no rattle.
One concern with this nodel, though, relates to the pin. We’ve heard of a number of cases where it doesn’t sit precisely parallel with the outer tube. That means your seat will be at an angle, and can result in a very wobbly ride. This isn’t a universal experience, so appears to be a quality control issue.
And this is another case where, once attached, removing the post from the seat is a challenge. Make life easier for yourself by coating the peg in lubricant before you mount the seat.
Very keenly priced
Tight nylon brushing means it doesn’t rattle
Will fit most brands of 7-inch by 7-inch marine seating
We’ve heard of a number of cases where it’s been wobbly
Once in place, it can be challenging to detach the seat from the post.