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Old 06-26-2019, 01:56 PM
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I recently sold my boat and placed an order for a SeaVee 290B. My wife and I are debating on the forward seating option, but have yet to see it in person. SeaVee doesn’t have any going into the mold before mine with that option. Before we make a decision, we want to see a 290B with forward seating in person. We’re in Miami, but we’re willing to take a road trip to see one. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-26-2019, 02:18 PM
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I've never seen a 290B (picture or real life) with the molded front seating option. I have seen the removable seats that fold down.

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are they molded in or a hinge dropdown version
either way Sea Vee does it right
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They have the molded option. I should’ve specified that.
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Ask CV to put you in touch with an owner that has that option. They should have a record of how many they have made and who they sold them to. I doubt it is very many. I would do the removable option if I had to have forward seating. The open bow is really nice to have when fishing.
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Originally Posted by ChannelTwo View Post
Ask CV to put you in touch with an owner that has that option. They should have a record of how many they have made and who they sold them to. I doubt it is very many. I would do the removable option if I had to have forward seating. The open bow is really nice to have when fishing.
I did that and they’re working on it. I’m off next week and just thought I’d expedite my request. I agree with you on open bow, right now I have the coffin box option.
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When come across them please post a few pictures, I’m interested as well.
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I don't think coffin box and forward seating will leave any room in the bow area.
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I have a new 290B I took delivery of at the end of March. It has the removable forward seating. I debated the permanent molded in and am SO GLAD I didn't do it. For sandbar, ICW and cocktail cruises the removable forward seats work fantastic. Women tend to congregate and sit up there . Way more functional than rear bench. The permanent molded seating is too short to really use the inclined back rest and stretch your legs out due to the curve of the bow. Also for fishing days the removable seats come out in 30 seconds and weigh like 10 pounds a piece.
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Coffin box and removable seating won't work together
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Just my personal opinion, and having a boat in this size class (28' WW) I would never elect for forward seating that is molded in. It might make more sense in the 34' to 40' range, but on a boat this size you're rarely going to be seated up there while underway.

I think the removeable seating makes the most sense in this case. The 28' Contender (I think it's the 28' Sport or something like that?) is not a bad looking boat in this size class with the integrated seating, but to me it's not really a fishing boat, more of a family sandbar snorkeling boat.
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
Just my personal opinion, and having a boat in this size class (28' WW) I would never elect for forward seating that is molded in. It might make more sense in the 34' to 40' range, but on a boat this size you're rarely going to be seated up there while underway.

I think the removeable seating makes the most sense in this case. The 28' Contender (I think it's the 28' Sport or something like that?) is not a bad looking boat in this size class with the integrated seating, but to me it's not really a fishing boat, more of a family sandbar snorkeling boat.
I understand, but my lifestyle is fishing a half day then going to the sandbar with the wife.
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​​​​​​​Heres a 29 with molded forward seating.
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I have no experience at all with the seavee, but our boat is 29' and has forward seating, It works very well for us, but it is a completely different boat.
Pro's are storage that is above deck, when fishing and in fact most of the time the cushions are left off. We can stand on the seats when fishing etc.

If you plan to fight big fish around the bow, it can be a hassle, and they do not get used while underway very often. While on the hook or post snorkel they do get used as a conversation area. Keep in mind with the sun in can get hot up there so if you go that route think about what you will do for some shade to make the most of the seating.

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I understand, but my lifestyle is fishing a half day then going to the sandbar with the wife.
If that's the case, then I'd lean towards the molded in seating from SeaVee rather than the aftermarket benches.

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If that's the case, then I'd lean towards the molded in seating from SeaVee rather than the aftermarket benches.

If momma ain't happy then ain't nobody happy.
the removable is made by Seavee. It's VERY sturdy. I got it for mama and she LOVES it. Last weekend while trolling I took them off and put them in the garage. Took 1 minute including the 50 second walk from the dock to the garage.
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I prefer the removable ones that SeaVee installs. The ease of removing the seats to open up the bow is a benefit, but the molded forward seating may be closer to the center console than I would want it to be in a 29'. Plus the removable ones match the rear seat that SeaVee installs. Great boat and I am sure you will enjoy it!
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As I understand how you may use the boat I’m going to suggest that you forget the coffin box and do the molded in seating. This suggestion is based on two things. First I don’t think you’re a real hard core fisherman. By your own admission you fish half day and sandbar the other half. A hard core fisherman leaves the dock at first light and returns late day. Secondly the molded in seating provides lots of additional storage which you will need more than additional fishing space. And besides that molded in storage was beautifully done. Just my $.02 and I am a hard core fisherman with a 28 cc with built in seating.
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Originally Posted by tarpononecharter View Post
As I understand how you may use the boat I’m going to suggest that you forget the coffin box and do the molded in seating. This suggestion is based on two things. First I don’t think you’re a real hard core fisherman. By your own admission you fish half day and sandbar the other half. A hard core fisherman leaves the dock at first light and returns late day. Secondly the molded in seating provides lots of additional storage which you will need more than additional fishing space. And besides that molded in storage was beautifully done. Just my $.02 and I am a hard core fisherman with a 28 cc with built in seating.
you are correct. I do love fishing and get offshore typically before sunrise. My only full fishing days are when my friends are able to go. So, most of the time my fishing partner is my wife. Sacrifices are made on both ends and THATS why i get the boat I want and she gets the seating she wants. Nevertheless, I was PMd by someone who pointed me in the direction of what I was looking for. I plan on seeing it tomorrow and will post pics and thoughts.
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Ok. I had the opportunity to see the 290B with forward seating, my initial thoughts were confirmed. They are appeasing to the eyes but serve no functionality. The bow becomes extremely cramped and limits maneuverability about the the bow. The "added storage" under the seat is small and you lose the port and starboard hatches. The seat itself is tapers from 24" to 8" in width and is 68" in length with the backrest down. The distance between the forward seating and the console is 14". So if you're willing to sit and stay absolutely still, both your feet and arms will remain on the seat. With that said, I will not choose this option. I am even now considering the coffin box itself.
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