Originally Posted by Bugsbunnyboater
My question is are cooler seat cooler stronger or more durable or stronger than regular coolers?
I am thinking about replacing the original cooler type seat in my classic mako. As I looked I noticed the price of regular igloo coolers and mount and cushions you snap on them are actually cheaper than buying the unit altogether.
Igloo makes a regular cooler and "marine coolers". There is a difference in quality and insulation, and definitely price. The marine coolers will last longer if you take care of them. The biggest problem I see is guys leaving their cooler in the boat and sunlight. The other problem is 'death' to the cooler. That is leaving ice, water, in it. That'll crack the outer shell of the cooler in no time at all.
The snap-on Igloo cushions are worthless. The foam is too soft to offer any support; it soaks up water, and they can blow off out on the water or when towing. A high quality custom cushion, with closed cell high density foam and a composite back made/attached directly to the lid, will cost more, but last a very long time. Also, white
'marine' vinyl is best, as darker colors either fade or crack.