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Heater, heated seat or both?

TimberTimber Posts: 14 Baller
I had a heater on my old SN. I'm was sure to order the heater on my next boat. But the heated seats, is it a must? Heater or heated seats? Which one is the first option to select?


  • thagerthager Posts: 5,140 Mega Baller
    Always the heater!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    Heater....even in cars, I actually feel colder with a heated seat. Inevitably, my butt and back are on fire but by comparison, the rest of my body feels like it's touching an ice cube. It's even worse with leather so I can't even imagine what it's like with vinyl and wind.
  • schaferschafer Posts: 320 Solid Baller
    Heater. Heated seat in the boat is overrated. And in Alberta if the boat is running the heater is on as a nessecity.
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,757 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Heater. Only real use I've got for it is to pull the passenger tube and stick it in my wetsuit.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 276 Solid Baller
    Both. Are you considering a hot/cold shower as well? They are great for filling up a wetsuit pre-ski or warming up after. My ski partner and I used to disagree if heat or shower was more important. If any of these accessories get you to ski a bit more early or late season or gets a significant other to come along more often than they are worth it.
    Nick Sullivan
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,544 Mega Baller
    All of the above, it'll be just like your car, once you've had heated seats you'll never go back. I've learned to get by without a shower, we just cut a tee into the heater hose and with the engine running fill up the cooler, a lot cheaper than a shower kit.
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
    Nick Sullivanskihartdvskiing
  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    Got to have both.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • ampacdanampacdan Posts: 40 Baller
    I think that a heated steering wheel is probably a good idea too if you can get it.
  • thagerthager Posts: 5,140 Mega Baller
    edited February 2014
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 3,126 Mega Baller
    I say all three are needed, though I only have experience with heated seats in the car.

    As soon as my already purchased heated seat kit for the boat arrives and is installed, I will have all three: heater, heated seat, hot shower. The boat originally didn't have any and I will have added all of them. They will look like factory installs, though, since I was able to get the factory switch covers for each function.

    For the heater, I purchased an extra Y to split it from 3 outlets to 4 (1 euro vent for the drivers footwell, 1 eurovent on the dash for the windshield, 1 extension hot tube in the helm support to the left of the footwell, and 1 extension hot tube under the observer seat). I also bought the y-pipe for the raw water intake to improve the heat output at idle. I recommend at least the y-pipe for the raw water intake.

    For the shower, there are pump switches wired in series with the master switch at the helm and the slave switch in the trunk near the hose and valve controls. The slave switch cover and bezel look like factory equipment. I have to admit it is awesome to fill the wetsuit and spray the hands and feet.

    I haven't heard of the heated steering wheel, but it sounds intriguing.

    If I had to choose one, it would be heater. Before the shower, we would fill a cooler at home with hot water and use it for hands, feet, gloves. We could get by with that just fine. However, the shower has extended our sets beyond the original duration of the non-shower warm water.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • I5boiI5boi Posts: 155 Baller
    Wife said "new boat is ok as long as it has heated seats"!!
  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Heated seats for me and my mangled back. ... Your ski should be your dance partner, not a wrestling opponent
  • bbirlewbbirlew Posts: 180 Baller
    I have all 3 in my 94 nautique and would rank them: heater, seats, shower.

    The seats are great on cool mornings or evenings, but not a 'must have' like the heater.
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,977 Infinite Pandas
    In an open boat, heated seats transfer more heat. Of course, my cold days I'm probably in shorts so my clothes don't insulate the heated seat much so I get extra warmth from the seats.

    Soon we'll be talking about air conditioning in the boats. Waterski season will return.

  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    Jim Ross
  • AndyAndy Posts: 213 Baller
    Kilo Kai covers all possibilities. ;)
  • east tx skiereast tx skier Posts: 598 Solid Baller
    I vote heated seats. They don't rust and spill water out behind the bulkhead after a few years.
    Perpetual Longline Baller and curvy ski boat owner.
    My real name is in my profile.

  • TimberTimber Posts: 14 Baller
    Thanks for your comments. It help me to confirm my choice for the heater.
  • I5boiI5boi Posts: 155 Baller
    So it is plenty warm outside right now but we are narrowing our new boat purchase. Since PW needs to stay warm, who has the hottest seats out of the big 3 (Malibu is not included)? Our caddy heated seats get smokin hot and PW loves. The Beam is good in my option and the company car (14 explorer are almost non existant). I need a happy PW so who has the hottest seats?
  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    Looked into making our seat warmer then it came from the factory, CheckCorp is the manufacture. Application calls lower setting then a car because of bare skin in contact with the seat, hotter would require an aftermarket heater or modifying the temp sensor in seat. At least that was the story back in 2006.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 952 Mega Baller
    Heated seats seems like just another potential electrical issue a few years down the road.
  • Nick SullivanNick Sullivan Posts: 676 Baller
    Heater and heated seat are a must. If there was an option for a heated steering wheel I want it too.
  • I5boiI5boi Posts: 155 Baller
    @onamission‌ there is no possible way for any of my PW's bare skin to touch the seats past October or before May. If there are some aftermarket boosters, let me know.
  • LZywicki1LZywicki1 Posts: 367 Crazy Baller
    I believe that you would need to have an aftermarket automotive one installed instead of the factory heater.
    First thing we get rid of the safety equipment
  • bbirlewbbirlew Posts: 180 Baller
    I put heated seats in my 94 nautique years ago. They were marketed for use on motorcycle seats and as such they were designed for use in the elements.
    They have 2 heat settings and will go as hot as you would want.
    They came in a set of 2 for about 100$ if I remember. One pad for the back of the seat, one for the bottom.
    I put them in the driver and passenger seats.
  • MichaelWiebeMichaelWiebe Posts: 98 Baller
    We're thinking of adding seat heaters to our 2014 MasterCraft ProStar. It already has a heater, and we hope the seat heaters will help to extend our season.
    Has anyone upgraded a 2014 or newer ProStar? If so, with what, how, how much, and the outcome would be helpful. Thanks in advance.
  • Paul_kPaul_k Posts: 18 Baller
    the new Prostar has great heated seats with a low and high setting high gets nice and hot
  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 463 Solid Baller
    Both. If you ski early, the defroster is nice plus to the heater.
  • FSSPCatFSSPCat Posts: 136 Baller
    I’ve always found heated seats in boats very underwhelming.
  • swaterkdswaterkd Posts: 80 Baller
    I would say both, But if had to choose I would go with heated seats. And I live in northern NY.
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