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I have a 276 Cuddy, so not apples-to-apples, but I wish we ordered the aft filler pad. It would be another area in addition to the sunpad to layout. The seats are ok to lay on, but a little awkward. It would be alot nicer for our chocolate lab to lay on too. :) First off I love the 276's. I f I had a little more jingle in my pocket at the time of purchase that would have been it. But I believe once you get to the 276 the sun pad is foldable? Ours is stationary and pretty big.
We ordered one for are 280 EC. We have only been boating for 2 months now and have used it 4 times. Once for my daughter who likes to sun bath, and three times by myself for sleeping when it got a bit crowded below. Love it.
Cap246 - We have an 08 246 with a filler pad. We rarely use it but it is very nice when we do. With it in the down position my kids and friends are constantly stepping on he large sun pad to enter and exit the boat which is starting to show some wear on the seams.
My $.02....I would rather not have it. The rear pad is quite large without it.
We ordered the flip-up filler sunpad for our 2011 Rinker 226XL. It was one of the best options we ordered. Used it all the time and it made for a more stream lined "cooler" look. Like bat32 we had our dealer (Lens Cove) upholstery guru (Brenda) make a fill-in back cushion which was a great idea. I am really sorry to hear that your dealer is such an *******e. That doesn't make for a good experience or confidence in their ability to service your boat right. If you have questions bring them here - the guys on this list have your back! ;-) MT
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I have a 2013 246BR and did not get the filler pad, and my wife and daughter still lay out on the back and are very comfortable. We did not like the idea of having to flip the filler pad up every time someone wanted to walk through or a real pain when skiing or tubing going back and forth. However, we did get the front filler pads and those are very nice to use.