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I have 2 of each, the ratcheting system on both the WM version gave up the ghost first, but they make good CP cushions along with the port a seats which still work fine.

What's cool is you can get replacement covers in any sunbrella fabic color from port a seat that obviously fit the WM brand @ 35 bucks a pop; I've gone from Forest Green to Dark Blue to Burgundy

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Re: Port-a-seat or West Marine knockoffs?

We bought 4 WM knockoffs at the Annapolis boat show ten years ago. An hour or two later we went by the Soprt-a-Seat booth where they had cut-aways of both theirs and the WM seat. No comparison at all we immediately returned the WM and bought SaS. Ten year later, having used the seat every day of the six- months a year we are on board the SaS seats are great, foam, hinges and all.
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Re: Port-a-seat or West Marine knockoffs?

SportASeat for 3 seasons.

The quality makes them easily worth twice the WM price. I'm sure the WM units have their place, but my comfort and eye for value tells me I'd spend the extra money again.

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Re: Port-a-seat or West Marine knockoffs?

Do you really need the backrest? I didn't, so I spent a total of $40 for two, two-inch thick, custom cut pieces of closed cell foam from here...
Foam cushions

They work great, double as tossable flotation devices, and both of them together cost about one-third the price of a single sport-a-seat.
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