Submitted: 06-19-2002 by G. Baldwin
This is a follow-up to my previous review of the Tarpon. Having read other people's issues with the seating, I wanted to offer two alternatives: First, the Surf to Summit "Seat Set" back piece is a nice enhancement to the Tarpon's factory seatback. However, it won't stay put unless you do two things - first, take a 2" minimum "tuck" in the vertical strap, to get the buckle clear of the bungee cord on the back of the seat. You can do the "tuck" with heavy button thread, multi wraps at each side of the strap, then woven across the strap twice for a secure hold. Second, put 3M non-skid tape patches (the clear/sandpaper tape) at the rear lower right and left quarterpanels of the seatback, to keep the horizintal straps from shifting when wet. Then, click the horizontal straps into the buckle and tighten up really hard, and it should stay put - mone does. The other alternative is to abandon the factory seatback and replace it with the NSIPadz Anatomical Seatback, which is 9"X15.5". I extended the side straps and hook them to the grabhandles on the side of the boat, and this replacement seatback is very comfortable. Hope this helps. If you are unsure how to do the S2S enhancement, e-mail me and I will explain further.