American Product Review: Sport-a-Seat

sport a seat review

Many of our American Proud product reviews are about new products. While the Sport-a-Seat has been around for 30 years, it is still a great product. Inventors, Nevin and Lynne Paradise, claim their Original Sport-a-Seat is “often imitated, but never duplicated” and as far as we are concerned, that is true. We and many fellow sailors on the online forums agree that there is only one Sport-a-Seat. All other similar products came after the Paradises’ creation and are all lesser-construction and are not made in the USA. The Sport-a-Seat is made in West Virginia.

Useful Portable Reclining Seat with Back Support

sport a seat usesThe heavy-duty, but not heavy, portable seat has innumerable uses on and off the boat:

  • Cockpit cushion
  • Relaxing aboard on any deck (when moored or at anchor)
  • Sunning on the beach
  • Sitting on the floor with the grandkids or watching the game
  • Fishing or paddling in a boat
  • Attending events that require you to sit on the ground or in bleachers

We have had carried our Sport-a-Seats for 10 years on Zuri and plan to do the same on our new Zuri. Our friends and we have used them constantly with no problems. If you consider the price, the back support, comfort, and enjoyment of activities cost us only a little more than $10/year so far and the seats are still working well. The only downside we can think of is that the comfy seats can make you lazy!

sport a seat is durable portable seating comfortTop Features for Catamaran Owners

  • Seat-back adjusts to 6 different angled positions for maximum comfort
  • High quality for years of use, cheaper versions break and end up in a landfill
  • Economical option for pricey cockpit cushions
  • Durable marine-grade Sunbrella fabric cover zips off for easy washing.
  • Accessories are available:
  • Tote – to make the seat easy to carry
  • Washable terry cloth cover – to make the seat easy to keep clean
  • Lumbar cushion – for added comfort
  • Replacement covers – accidents happen!

Sport-a-Seat Specifications

  • Price: $149.95, often the seats are cheaper at the boat shows
  • Weighs 6.5 Pounds
  • Supports weights up to 350 pounds
  • 1 year limited warranty for internal frame and hinges

Where to Learn More

Sport-a-Seat Website

Where to Get Your Sport-a-Seat

The Paradise Company
79 Pendragon Ct.
Paw Paw, WV 25434

Order online at the website above.
Toll Free: 800.870.7328

sport a seat nevin paradise last show[UPDATE NOVEMBER 2015]

While wandering the Annapolis Sailboat Show 2015, we spoke with Nevin Paradise. He and his wife and business partner Lynn, have been a fixture at boat shows for over 25 years! Well, no more. The Paradises are are handing the business over to a new generation in their family. We wish Nevin and Lynne all the best in retirement. Thanks, Nevin, for letting us grab a picture of you at your last boat show! Sorry we missed Lynne. We will miss your smiling face!

What’s Your Take on the Sport-a-Seat?

We selected the Sport-a-Seat years ago for its comfort and convenience. Today after 10 years of use, we would choose it again for value and durability. Have you used the Sport-a-Seat? Share your experiences.


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