After you’ve outfitted your center console boat with a t-top, the next investment to consider is a leaning post. Leaning posts offer not only comfort, but a variety of features that will enhance your time on the water. Keep reading to find out why a leaning post might be right for your boat and what you should consider before choosing the right one.
What is a Leaning Post
Leaning posts are an upgrade to the standard helm seating found on center console boats. They provide the driver with added comfort, a variety of features and storage, and most importantly a place to stabilize yourself in rough waters.
In addition, the idea of “leaning” rather than “sitting” is intended to allow the driver to make quick moves around the boat. When seconds can make the difference between a catch and a near-miss, the ability to move swiftly is a huge advantage.
6 Things to Consider When Buying a Leaning Post
Required Deck Space
Every angler knows that deck space is at a premium on any fishing boat. That’s why it’s so important to consider how much space a leaning post will occupy. Some leaning posts, including Fishmaster’s line of leaning posts, include a flip-down footrest that can be flipped up when not in use for even more space savings.
Safety and Stability
One of the main reasons to replace your standard helm seating with a leaning post is the added safety and stability that come with it. Especially when fishing in rough waters, having an easily accessible space to hold onto and steady yourself can make a huge difference. From a sturdy design to an integrated grab rail or back rest, it’s important to consider which leaning post will provide the highest level of support.
Not only is a leaning post great for adding stability to your boat, many also offer additional space for rod and reel storage. Leaning post rod holders are excellent for keeping rods and reels ready for use at a moment’s notice. Both the Fishmaster Original and Deluxe Pro Series leaning post offer integrated rod holders with plastic liners to keep your equipment protected.
Of course, comfort is a huge consideration when selecting a leaning post. For long days on the water, the comfort of the driver is critical. Added comfort can be found in a variety of leaning post design features including back rests, foot rests, upholstery, and more.
The materials your leaning post is made of are just as important as the integrated features. Choosing a leaning post with top quality construction may cost a little more up front but will be well worth the investment in the long run. Two details of leaning post construction to focus closely on are upholstery and frame material/finish. All Fishmaster leaning posts are made of 6061 T-6 aluminum which has been heat-treated to ensure maximum strength and corrosion resistance. For the seat cushion and backrest upholstery, we use closed-cell “flow-through” foam to ensure that, even in marine environments, you don’t have to worry about water pooling on your seat.
Ease of Installation
Adding a leaning post to your boat doesn’t have to mean a trip to your local dealer and having your boat in the shop for days. DIY installation is possible with many aftermarket leaning posts, like our Fishmaster Original and Pro Series leaning posts. With the use of our illustrated installation manuals, helpful installation videos, and top-notch customer service team, you can install a Fishmaster leaning post in an afternoon with minimal hassle!
Choose Your Fishmaster Leaning Post
Now that you know what to consider when selecting a leaning post you’re ready to start browsing! Be sure to check out Fishmaster’s Original and Pro Series leaning post, designed with the angler in mind.