With our roots in Manchester, the industrial heartland of Great Britain, we appreciate excellent design and engineering when we see it. Whether this is from the companies that we represent or indeed products that we design and manufacture in-house, we ALWAYS deliver quality products for professional marine end-users or pleasure craft owners that appreciate well-made products.

Stripping away the fabric from this RECARO seat or delving into the inner workings of an Alu Design Operator seat reveals a quality of design and finely engineered components which provide the end-user with knowledge that the products we delivered are designed to last.


 introduction by peter jones, MD – Crown Marine Seats Ltd

“We are first and foremost a Company of Engineers”.

friendly, well qualified staff are one of the key components to our success

cooperation with like-minded suppliers and clients leading to mutual benefits for all.

honesty, openness and transparency in all our interactions

“A client once asked me if I ever had time to sleep and of course, I do – rather well actually! He was of course referring to the fact that although Crown Marine Seats cannot be regarded as a “multi-national” in the true sense of the word, we are a close-knit group of Partnerships, Associations and Dealerships covering most the the Northern Hemisphere from Japan to the USA.

I have long held the view that our growth and prosperity are dependent on three key factors. A happy, friendly workforce; mutual cooperation with like-minded Companies and Partners; giving our clients good advice and value for money.

First and foremost, we are a company of engineers, bound by our interest to develop new products and find solutions that meet our client’s expectations. As we say elsewhere on these pages, no project is too big or too small – and my office door is always open”  Peter.

We are designers…

The process often starts with a sketch! But, of course, there are a wealth of CAD programs to hand to turn sketches into models and production drawings. We currently use AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, Rhino and can accept virtually all drawing/model formats from our clients and partners. 

operator seats

Crown Marine Seats are specialists in designing, building and delivering Operator Seats using Alu Design.

Custom seating solutions

We don’t just sell standard products. Everything we do an be customized to suit the customer.

We are Research and Development & Production Engineers……..

Turning ideas and models into reliable products is where our Research and Development and Production Engineers come in. 3D printing has revolutionized this process to some extent but pre-production prototypes ready for rigorous testing to meet marine industry standards requires commitment, investment and engagement with Universities, Testing Stations and Certification Authorities.

…and Manufacturers

Most of our manufacturing is in-house in our factories in Manchester and Shanghai. In 2019/20 we moved all assembly to the UK and facing increased demand will be moving to larger premises in 2022.

Sheet metal

We use laser and waterjet cutting to aeronautical standards to ensure tolerances are met and for optimum reliability.


Once components are modelled and strength analyzed we proceed to prototype modelling with 3D printers.


Large-scale production of, for example, propulsion shaft bolts are carried out by CNC machinery ensuring compliance with ultra-fine tolerances and 24 hour production if required.

case study

Operator seat for….

a UK crane supplier. Our design remit was to provide a versatile seat and importantly, allow easy access for maintenance engineers, to the cables mounted in to the arm. On the pictures shown, the right armrest had a removeable cover plate that provides this access.

The seat should be extremely versatile, in which the sitting height can be adjusted independently of the armrest height. Also, that the sitting position could be adjusted forward and aft, also independent of the armrest position and yet also slides forward / back, together with the armrest.

In a small space such as a crane cabin, one of the armrests needs to be able to rotate up through 90 degrees. This provides the operator with more space to exit the cabin.

One final addition was the inclusion of a sliding coffee cup holder, which can be seen on the right armrest.

No project or delivery is too big or too small for us

It’s not unusual for a builder, vessel operator or any individual to ask for a bespoke solution or design.

Get in touch and we’re confident that we can find a solution for you – even if it’s just to provide a little more elbow room or a place for your favourite mug!.

OSC has used Crown Marine Seats’ products for many years in our different simulation suits. We are very happy with their service and find them innovative, service minded and very customer focused- Zheng Wei, OSC


“Have always been very pleased with the responsiveness and quality of products supplied by Crown Marine, the seats we purchase for our ROV control stations are top quality and come embroidered with our logo on the back of them which once installed into our work station makes for a comfortable and safe working environment for the pilots.

We have worked hard to make the ROV control station a modern sleek design that is safe and pleasant for anyone who it sat there for extended periods and these seats are a great finishing touch to our system.

“You guys were absolutely fantastic. During your three day visit, we learned so much about developments in marine seating in Europe, shock-mitigation, vibration research, HSC standards and the range of RECARO Maritime seats that are now available in South East Asia. I look forward to meeting you again in Manchester and continuing our relationship”  Zhao Rong: Shanghai MU

Crown Marine Seats has a global footprint but for every single customer we will do our best

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