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Improved CT Seat Retention Clip
The new side release buckle has a number of advantages over the keyhole. Most importantly, it is harder to miss and easier to use than the red clip. It is very clear that the two halves of the buckle connect to each other, and safe to say that nearly everyone is familiar with this type of buckle.
In an effort to reduce seats coming loose on the water and the chance of losing a seat in a capsize, all replacement seats from the Parts Department will be shipping with the new buckles.
We will also be offering a seat/kayak update kit free of charge for users who would like to install the new system into their kayaks.
Please request update kits via warranty through your dealer.
84507822 – VANTAGE CT SEAT CLIP UPGRADE
Vantage CT Seat Update Video:
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In the event of a capsize, Vantage style seats can come loose from the hull if not properly tethered. All Vantage style seats are secured into a kayak by a safety tether located at the aft center of the seat. This tether prohibits the seat from rotating to the unlock (removal / install) position.
The Hobie® Vantage CT Seat uses a simple locking part, but its proper use is essential. Failure to "snap" the part onto the eyelet post can result in the seat rotating to the unlocked position and possible loss.