Boating Beanbags

Three popular boating beanbags, and what to look for when selecting a beanbag for your boat.

Beanbags provide versatile extra seats on board. Offshore fishermen swear by them because they stow easily and provide a comfortable spot to crash after a long day on the water. Let’s check out three popular models.

Boating Beanbags
E-SeaRider Marine Medium Teardrop Longneck
The Comfy: It measures 33 inches wide by 44 inches long by 30 inches tall and contains 12 cubic feet of packing. It provides full body support from the top of the head to the back of the knees for those up to 6 feet 2 inches tall and 230 pounds. Twin handles let users hang on and can serve as tie downs. It comes in a wide variety of colors. The Hard: At $119.95, it could be tough to buy enough to keep everyone happy. (This is true for all three beanbags we tested.) The name is easiest to get wrong in a Google search. Price: $119.95;
Boating Beanbags
Ocean-Tamer Marine Teardrop Medium Longneck
The Comfy: It's designed with a flat, round bottom that provides a stable foundation that won't tip in rough seas. It can be positioned to sit straight up or lie completely flat, and it conforms to your body to provide maximum support during an offshore run. It comes with two nylon-strap handles, and it's double-stitched for long life. It's available in a wide variety of colors. The Hard: Certain colors add $20 per section, so, depending on your choice, you could be spending $159.95 per bag. Price: $119.95;
Boating Beanbags
West Marine Go Anywhere Marine Beanbag Chair
The Comfy: Like the others, its teardrop shape conforms to the user's body, providing comfort and head support for kids and adults alike. The bag's 20-ounce, heavy-duty marine upholstery is weather-resistant and features lock-stitch sewing with UV-resistant thread and color-matched piping. The twin-zipper design with an interior pocket keeps beads secure inside. Two handles provide grab points for the user or a means for securing the bag to the boat while underway. The Hard: It's available in the fewest number of colors. Price: $119.99;
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