Boats with ample seating options are great for comfort and entertaining. This list includes ten great boats with rear-facing seats so you can watch people tubing, wake surfing, or the beautiful view of the water as you are cruising on top of it.
1. Catalina Rear Lounge $94,000
This model is a mid-sized pontoon boat that is popular. The Catalina Rear Lounge has the ideal combination of storage options and sunbathing opportunities.
The boat is designed with distinct wall accents with a sleek finish. It also has a retro logo that is a classic throwback.
There is plenty of space in the area with the two rear-facing seats.
It’s equipped with plush seating and speakers for passengers to love. The boat has the world’s only aluminum lifetime seat frames. For the captain, there is a reclining commander chair with a soft pillow top and many electronics that optimize the boating experience.
There are plenty of attractive features that come standard on this boat, such as the detachable bimini top with 1 1/5” square anodized aluminum frame. Enjoy the moveable, stainless steel cupholders or privacy station curtain and frame. The stereo system has an Infinity PRV315BT stereo and USB and auxiliary input.
2. Yahama Wake Series 212x $56,000
This boat measures 21′ 3″ and can seat up to 10 people. You can choose from two colors, gray and black or white and blue. It won the 2019 Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show!
One of the optional accessories is the Yahama Surf Package with the WakeBooster attachment. There is a co-branded Yahamah slingshot surfboard attached for use behind the Yamaha jet boats.
The back of the boat features two rear-facing seats with plenty of space!
The helm has Yahama’s award-winning Connext® control system for ease in navigation. The tower has a premium wet sounds soundbar with full-range speakers made from titanium. It’s designed with a forward-swept tower which is ideal for all types of watersports.
The dual captains chairs fully swivel and they have backrest cushions, beverage mounts and access to the pump cleanout ports.
There is also a swim platform with backrests, access to the pump cleanout ports, and beverage holders.
3.Bryant 223X $46,000
This boat combines style and efficiency in a jaw-dropping design. It has wraparound seating with plush cushions that is great for friends and family.
There is also plenty of room for skis and surfboards to help keep the lounge area comfortable and roomy.
The steering features hand-stitched Italian leather. You can choose from either surf or a sterndrive.
There are two rear-facing platform seats and an integrated swim platform with a grab rail. The entire design is 100% woodfree and has hand-laminated fiberglass.
Enjoy the clear sound of the Clarion swim platform speakers and connectivity with iPod/mp3/USB and Bluetooth. There’s plenty of room to move around with the wraparound walkabout.
The windshield is a heavy-duty one-piece frame with stainless steel trim, and it has stainless steel vents. The outside is decorated with tricolor gelcoat graphics.
4.Cascade Rear Lounge $61,000
Available in two lengths, 23’ and 25’, this pontoon boat is ideal for entertaining, with maximum capacities of 11 people or 13 people.
In the back, there are two extra rear-facing sun lounger benches for relaxation and comfort. There’s a large storage area with bow benches and side benches. The captain can enjoy the plush commander chair with reclining features and a soft pillow top.
The helm stand is sculpted from fiberglass and it has a full gauge cluster, woodgrain dash, and powerful infinity speakers and Bluetooth.
The plush used in the interior is the industry’s thickest Matrix 50 soft-touch vinyl. Enjoy the seat frames with the industry’s only flow through dry ventilation and custom seat base cladding. The lounge arms are comfortable, with storage compartments that flip up, portable cup holders, and a woodgrain table.
The rear deck is vinyl and the rest of the boat has retro carpet.
5. Moomba Max $76,000
This boat has an optional rear-facing backrest kit for the rear siding seat. The boat can seat up to 17 people, so it is a great choice for entertaining.
The overall length is 22”, and with the platform, it is 24 1/2”. You can choose from two engine choices, either the 400 Raptor byIndmar 400 or the 450 Raptor by Indmar.
The optional G6 ballast system will help you to drastically reduce your ballast fill time. It has six pumps and fills huge ballasts in about half the time.
You can also choose the Gatorstep nonslip flooring. Another option is the surf exhaust pipe that will redirect the noise of the exhaust at surf speed. The hull has a limited lifetime warranty. There is a 5-year limited parts and components warranty, a 5-year Indmar factory engine warranty, a Boatmate trailers 5-year limited warranty and also a roadside assistance program.
6. ChapparelVortex 2430 $70,000
This is a jet-powered boat. It’s 24 feet long.
Standard is a folding arch tower with a bimini top. There is an extended swim platform that is molded into the hull and deck.
There are two rear-facing seats near the swim platform as well as rear-facing speakers, stereo controls and a freshwater shower.
A key feature is a cutout for the central walkthrough which doesn’t have a hump. It goes to a seating area with wrap around benches.
The flooring is snap-in beach weave flooring. The captain’s chairs have flip-up bolsters to give you a better view of the front of the boat. The port side seat spins all the way around to face backward.
There is a changing room with a port o potty that comes standard. There’s also a sun pad that comes standard that lets you lay out while riding on the water.
7. MasterCraft x46 $113,900
This boat is specifically designed for wake surfing. The hull shape is designed for a 14-degree deadrise at the rear and a sharper edge at the corner that pierces the water. There are also adjustments available in the control panel to shift the size of the wakes.
The bow of the boat is big.
With this boat, you have several options for rear-facing seats.
The front features wrap around seating and a nice feature that holds the passenger so they can see the riding behind the boat. There are also armrests and stereo controls which make it a comfortable place to sit.
There’s an option for a flip helm seat that has room for two as well as a backrest for someone to sit in the reverse position.
The boat is made to be a social boat, with rear seats and cupholders as well as a remote control stereo. It’s designed to be easy to step into.
8. Nautica Star Boats 20 XS $49,000
There are multiple seating options available that are rear-facing. The bow has molded anchor storage, and insulated 35-gallon fish box, a 15-gallon console cooler, and recessed SS bow rails.
The flip flop leaning post will allow it to convert to a rear-facing seat.
There is also a 72-quart igloo cooler.
The cockpit has a flip-up, down bench seat that’s designed to create more room for fishing.
The boat is designed for comfort. It has a wood-free construction and a limited lifetime hull warranty. The console has LED navigation lights, in-console cooler, and a 15-gallon cooler.
There are a speedometer, tachometer and fuel gauges.
There are plenty of options available for the boat.
This includes a portable toilet, water pressure gauge, surface mount compass, and bow cushion set.
9. Manitou Aurora 23 $53,000
This is a boat that combines performance and luxury, designed especially for first-time pontoon boat owners. You can choose from lengths from 18 feet to 24 feet.
You can choose between the Aurora LE Standard, Aurora LE RF, or the Aurora LE Bar. There is ample seating with wraparound bench options.
There is a Bimini top.
There’s plenty of great accessories. These include stainless steel cupholders, a ladder, gauges, and a ski tow bar standard. It has a kicker KMC 10 BlueTooth Stereo & 4 Standard Speakers.
There are also many options available for upgrading. There are lighting options that will bring some sparkle to your boat. You can also enhance the sound system.
Other options include a depth finder, dinette table, barbecue grill, and more.
10. SeaVee Boats 390z Series $400,000
This boat is designed for fishers.
The power options are the twin, triple, or quad engines with up to 1,600 hp. There are seven gel coat color options to choose from. You can have upgrade options like 3 insulated fish boxes or upper station with full controls.
One of the coolers onboard converts to a rear-facing seat. Standard features include lockable rod storage, a 10-year hull warranty, a dedicated anchor and a storage locker. There are also saltwater and freshwater washdown systems.
You can also add a full aft sofa group to have a u-shaped aft cockpit layout with rear-facing seats.
The luxury edition has options like sun loungers, wet bar, L shaped seating, corner sofas, and an LED underwater light.
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