Best Boat Seat Pedestal In Marine Industry - AirWave® Pedestal
My name is Alan Bauman, president and inventor of AirWave® Pedestal, the best boat seat pedestal in the marine industry. I was raised in a small town in southwestern Minnesota where my parents instilled in our family a strong work ethic and also the love for the outdoors; hunting, fishing and camping. I learned early the adage “Work hard, Play hard” running 4 different paper routes at the age of 12 while at the same time purchasing my first lever action Browning .22 and Winchester model 1400 shotgun, pursuing my passion of hunting and fishing.
Following graduation from high school and vocational school, my passion for hunting and fishing led me to Pine River, Minnesota in the early 1980’s where I worked for automotive dealerships 15 years before deciding to open my own automotive repair business; Al’s Repair in 1996. I was also a Volunteer Firefighter for the Pine River Fire Department for 29 years.
In February of 2010 I injured my back. It was at this point I really started to focus on how I could continue to enjoy the outdoors (especially fishing rough waters) without the constant jarring. I had tried different boat seat pedestals on the market. They didn’t work for my weight and didn’t last more than 1 season on the water. After back surgery in January of 2011 during my recovery, I started designing a shock dissipating boat seat pedestal; spending countless hours researching and collecting data. Knowing firsthand the abuse a person receives when traveling across rough water and also knowing that AirWave® Pedestal had to be interchangeable with what the marine industry has been using over the past 30 years, it was my mission to engineer AirWave® Pedestal to be ergonomically adjustable to the rider’s weight, easy to operate, indestructible, and affordable.
By May of 2011 I had the first AirWave® Pedestal prototype in my Triton boat. It was proving to be successful even in its infancy. It was at this same time I also began the patent process and testing procedures. In 2013 AirWave® Pedestal was tested by IMANNA Laboratories in Florida. AirWave® Pedestal exceeds the stringent requirements recommended by American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) H-31 for static load, lateral, vertical and horizontal impact.
Due to the success of our testing and the comfort AirWave® Pedestal proved to have on the water, I knew the benefits of AirWave® Pedestal could produce in other applications. There are 13.5 million registered boats across the U.S. and another 500+ boat builders throughout the U.S. and Canada. Two thirds of this world is water. This is just one market AirWave® boat seat pedestal can and will benefit. AirWave® Pedestal’s small footprint makes it very versatile for many industries. Currently AirWave® Pedestal has been engineered into a Cub Cadet lawn tractor, a Bob Cat skid steer, and a Class 8 Mack semi-tractor and the designs don’t stop there.
After 18 years of owning and operating an automotive repair shop, I closed Al's Repair at the end of 2013, deciding to put 110% into Bauman's Lakes to Inland (L.T.I.) Ent., Inc. - AirWave® Pedestal. We have started production and of course we are proud to say AirWave® Pedestal is designed, engineered, manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A. and most recently, PATENTED! I am also currently in the developing stages with new products to coincide. All this could not have been possible without the good people I am surrounded by, making AirWave® Pedestal successful including my fiancé and enduring supporter; Sherry, my 3 awesome, hard hard-working kids (Kristin, Matt & Amber) and 4 fabulous grandsons (trouble when all together).
I want to thank you for your interest in AirWave® Pedestal. The drive, honesty and work ethics instilled in me at such a young age has continued through my life. I’m amazed where this journey has led me and am excited to what the future of AirWave® Pedestal brings. If you get a chance read our AirWave® rough water testimonials.
Hope to see you on the water.
Alan Bauman, President