Chandlery September 2006 Issue

Take a Load Off with E-SeaRider

Practical Sailor’s E-SeaRider chairs have resisted mold, mildew, and fading despite a year in the extreme heat and humidity of South Florida.
A bean bag on a boat? That’s absurd, you may say. They belong in front of basement TVs and in kids’ playrooms.

We were skeptical, too. But Practical Sailor crew have been using two of the bags from E-SeaRider of St. Petersburg, Fla., for about a year—and we like them a lot. They’re appropriate for daysailing, but for anything but larger boats, storing the bulky bags would be difficult.

They provide comfortable, added seating underway or at anchor. The bags are lightweight enough to toss into the dinghy and take to shore for beach seating. They have stitched-on nylon handles for just this purpose.

PS’s bags were left outdoors for a year, their exteriors (24-ounce marine-grade vinyl made by Enduratex) exposed to sun, rain, and salt spray. "The only way water can get inside is if you use it as a float," said E-SeaRider owner Pat Bennett. "You can leave it out in the rain, it can be hosed down, and it can take a big splash of sea-water."

Bennett explained that the Styrofoam beads that fill the bag are resistant to crushing and moisture absorption. Despite living in the Florida sunshine, heat, and humidity, our E-SeaRiders have resisted mold and mildew very well, and the colors have not faded.

The bags come in many shapes, and you can choose the shape and color of the bag you want via the website.

The bags are backed by a lifetime warranty when used under normal conditions. The marine vinyl is covered by a five-year warranty against fading or abrasion. The bags start at about $80.

Contact - E-SeaRider, 888/335-3732,

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