Leaning Posts

If you’re current helm seating is uncomfortable, ugly or tattered, you have to check out our line of universal fitting leaning posts for center console boats! We use the same quality materials and manufacturing as our legendary t-tops. You're getting new OEM factory quality for many hundreds of dollars less than anything else on the market. Please take a close look, compare us to the competitors and and contact our sales and support teams in Summerville, South Carolina at (843) 948-6920 or Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EST.

We always use the best 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum (not the weaker 6063 alloy used by competitors). All are mandrel bent, CNC'd, welded and constructed by our talented team. There are optional finishes available to match your t-top or boat: clear anodized finish, powder coated white and powder coated black. The marine-grade vinyl seating material and padding is great looking, long lasting and comfortable.

Unlike many other brands, we include a limited 5 year manufacturer warranty against defects. Plus, we have a fully staffed, full time sales and support team if you need help before your purchase, during the installation or for the life of original ownership.

• Universal Fitting Swing Back Leaning Post for Center Console Boats
• OEM Quality Materials & Manufacturing Like Our T-Tops 
• Very Affordable Without Sacrificing Quality
• Adjustable Seat Back or Swingback Models Available
• Thick & Strong 2" Outer Diameter Tubing
• 6061-T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum Alloy (Stronger than 6063 alloy used by others) 
• Strong, Easy to Clean Marine Grade Vinyl Upholstery Seating
• 5 Year Limited Manufacturer Warranty
• Available in Clear Anodized, Powder Coated White or Powder Coated Black

Financing available with zero interest

What Is a Leaning Post?

Leaning posts are another name for helm seating found on center console boats located just behind the helm. In its most common form, these are constructed as an upright structure with a padded bench seat and back with room for two. The name "leaning post" comes from the fact that users can lean against it while standing, providing stability and comfort, especially in rough water conditions. It's a popular feature on center console boats where standing while driving or fishing is common, allowing for better visibility and control. Also, when at higher speeds or in choppy waters, standing provides a more stable stance with additional support from behind. The helm seating position on pedestals is also higher off the deck to provide a better vantage point while operating the boat. Beyond just the ergonomic benefit of boat seats, a leaning post also brings added safety and functionality, making it one of the most popular upgrades that benefits the boating experience.

What Types of Leaning Posts Exist?

Leaning posts have evolved over the years, and there are now a variety of leaning post styles on the market, ranging from simple and inexpensive to elaborate and very expensive. Most leaning posts feature a padded bench with a front side panel that extends down to provide extra support while standing. Most, but not all, have a padded backrest when in the seated position. Some common features include a footrest, grab rails, and rod holders. On the expensive side, you will find fancy stitched upholstery, padded folding armrests, storage boxes, bucket seat configurations, built-in coolers, and cup holders.

What Materials Are Leaning Post Frames Made Of?

For the supporting frame, aluminum tubing is the most common as it provides an excellent strength-to-weight ratio while being inherently corrosion resistant, even more so when anodized or powder coated. The particular aluminum alloy used varies between manufacturers, however. Stryker T-Tops uses anodized or powder-coated 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum alloy, which has proven ideal for its overall strength and longevity. Though less popular, some manufacturers will offer fiberglass frames instead of aluminum.

What Leaning Posts Does Stryker T-Tops Offer?

Stryker currently manufactures two models of leaning posts, each available in three optional protective finishes: clear anodized, powder-coated white, and powder-coated black. All our models are a "universal fit," meaning you can install them on just about any center console boat. Assembly and installation is a straightforward DIY project with no special tools required.

  • Stryker LP100 Leaning Post

    The LP100 is our basic model featuring a solid 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame. The padded bench seat is upholstered in a marine-grade, UV-resistant pearl white material over premium foam padding. The seat features a generous area to rest your behind while standing and tubing below to rest the feet while seated. The padded back's angle can be adjusted to your preference when installed, then securely set into place with clamps, bolts, and set screws. There is also room under the seat to store a cooler if desired. The LP100 has been extremely popular for boat owners looking to upgrade their boats with a quality option at an affordable price.

  • Stryker LP200 Swing Back Leaning Post
  • The LP200 features a "swing back," allowing the backrest to pivot from one side. In the standard position, the backrest is functional for the captain during regular operation. In the secondary position, the backrest is moved towards the helm, making the leaning post rear-facing. The primary benefit is that it opens the bench up to the stern, where all the fishing and action is. Our customers have greatly appreciated this simple but useful functionality. Like the LP100, the LP200 also features a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame and the same marine-grade upholstery. It is available in clear anodized or powder-coated white or black. >

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a leaning post?

A leaning post is a piece of equipment commonly found on boats, particularly center-console fishing boats. It's typically positioned near the helm or cockpit and serves as a supportive leaning or seating area for the person operating the boat. Although many boats come installed with an OEM leaning post, the owner may decide it’s time to replace or upgrade to an aftermarket one. There are a range of styles, features, and price points from simple and affordable to the premium leaning posts.

Q: What is the purpose of a leaning post?

The primary purpose of a leaning post seat is to provide stability and support for the operator of the boat, especially in rough waters or while standing for long periods. It offers a comfortable position to lean against while driving the boat. It can also provide storage options for gear or accessories.

Q: What are the typical features of a leaning post?

Leaning posts often feature padded cushions for comfort, grab rails for stability, and sometimes additional deluxe amenities like a folding foot rest, rod holders, rocket launchers, cup holders, adjustable leaning post backrest, storage compartments, or a livewell. They are made of various materials, such as stainless steel, aluminum, or fiberglass, and can be customized to suit the specific needs and preferences of the boat owner. The upholstery on the seat cushion should be thick marine grade vinyl with dense marine grade foam padding underneath.

Q: What is the best material for a boat leaning post?

For the frame, most consider aircraft grade aluminum alloy tubing like 6061-T6 ideal for its strength-to-weight benefits and excellent resistance to corrosion. Optional frame finishes are available with anodized aluminum being the most common followed by powder coating. Both of these finishes provide superior added protection even in harsh marine environments.

Q: How do you install a leaning post?

The installation process for a leaning post varies depending on the type of boat and the specific model of the leaning post. In general, it involves securely mounting the post to the deck of the boat using bolts or screws and ensuring that it is properly aligned and reinforced for stability.

Q: Can a leaning post be used as a seat?

Yes, many leaning posts are designed to serve dual purposes, such as both a leaning support and a seat for any center console boat including some pontoon boat models. The padded cushioning and sturdy construction make them comfortable for sitting during periods of rest or while fishing. Their heavy duty construction makes for a durable and safe structure for anyone on deck.

Q: Are there different sizes of boat leaning posts available?

Yes, leaning posts come in various sizes to accommodate different types and sizes of boats and boat owners' preferences. Some may be more compact for smaller boats or limited space, while others may be larger and more feature-rich for larger vessels or those with specific needs.

Q: How do I maintain a leaning post?

Maintenance of a leaning post typically involves regular cleaning with mild soap and water to remove dirt, salt, and other debris. For anodized aluminum and powder coated finishes, specific cleaners must be used that are not abrasive and will not damage the finish. Also, non-abrasive pads must be avoided as they could also cause scratches or damage to the surface. Periodically inspecting the mounting hardware is essential to ensure that it remains secure and tight. Depending on the material of the leaning post, you may also need to apply protective coatings or polishes to maintain its appearance and durability over time.


Suppose you are thinking about upgrading your center console boat's seating. In that case, Stryker T-Tops has some excellent quality and affordable solutions to consider. Although we do not offer the fanciest models with all the bells and whistles, you can rest assured we offer great value. We make simple, rugged, and very functional leaning posts with premium 6061-T6 aircraft-grade aluminum, marine-grade UV-resistant upholstery, protective anodized and powder-coated finishes, 5-year limited warranty, and excellent customer service and product support. We're here to help! Call (843) 948-6920 Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm EST or email