I pondered it as well until I spent the day fishing live bait out of a live bait tank on the back. I then recognized the original/older seat was okay for my needs. The newer one would be more difficult for me to get to back of boat for bait. It is also likely easier to slide into boarding the boat. In all fairness though, I must admit that I have never tried the newer seat.
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2012 PA14 Papaya
2014 PA14 Dune
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