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Old 06 June 2005, 07:56   #21
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seat harness

Whilst wondering along the visitors boats at Ribex I noticed a cunning mod on one of the boats.
The boat had two Britax childs seats bolted in.
Wot a great idea I thought.
Then I wondered wot happens if it all went a bit "pete tong"!

Is the owner a member on here?
If so please don't think I am knocking it as I think it is a great idea, just what do you do or how would you plan to deal with a roll over?

Whilst it is not an every day thing that a rib rolls but me being me likes to cover all the bases.

I would consider copying this idea on my rib (due next year) for the younger members of my family.

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Old 06 June 2005, 08:59   #22
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I have seen this idea in a few boating mags - obviously it comes down to level of risk. There is a far higher chance of a kid falling overboard or striking an object in the boat than there is of a capsize - obviously with kids on board you will drive far more sensibly.

Having said that if a kid DOES fall overboard then a lifejacket should protect them whereas IF you did capsize they would have NO chance!!!

I think with adults it could be a bit different if you had a harness with a quick release buckle like on aircraft - if you are wearing a helmet you should remain concious long enough to "eject".

Another thought - with kids strapped in you MAY be tempted to push things a little harder - especially as they will probably be loving it which means a capsize could become more of a possibility.
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Old 06 June 2005, 09:23   #23
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Im suprised someone hasnt come up with a water activated auto release harness along the same lines as an automatic life jacket

Better get back to the revison!

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Old 06 June 2005, 09:33   #24
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Im suprised someone hasnt come up with a water activated auto release harness along the same lines as an automatic life jacket

Better get back to the revison!

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Oh they have - as far back as 1965 Matin Baker the British ejector seat maker came up with this

http://www.ejectorseats.co.uk/underwater_ejection.htm

Ejector seats for RIBS - that's what we want - just don't use it under a bridge!!!
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Old 06 June 2005, 09:46   #25
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Ejector seats for RIBS - that's what we want
I think you'll find one 'Mr Garfish' has been working on such a thing for some time.

He calls it his 'Ribster-flicka', and it's activated by shouting the word...'Pull!' this cry is heard shortly before a loud bang, sometimes two.
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Kids seats

I have had my kids out on the boat under 1 year old, push chair strapped in works well! Have moved on to this combination, kids car seat & old buggy with wheels & handles cut off work a treat!
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Old 06 June 2005, 11:48   #27
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Used to use the doughnut for the kids never heard any complaints well not at 28knots anyway Des
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Old 17 May 2006, 20:49   #28
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John, did you ever have the opportunity to use the Stidd seats on the water? I'm contemplating putting two of mine into the 30' ex-military Novamarine I'm reconditioning now and wonder how they performed for you.
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Re: Stidd seats

Just to interject, I have had several opportunities to test the military Stidd seat, the Stidds work very nicely, most civilians will never use the full capability of a Stidd seat. Nautica in Miami has been putting these seats in some of their boats for years, they are supposed to be the best for running in heavy chop, the U.S. Navy purchased about 400 of these seats for their SEAL teams in 2004, running at 45 to 50 knots in significant sea states produces a lot of injuries no matter how tough you are, seven inches of up and down travel reduces shock quite a bit. They do take up quite a bit of space, but you won't find a better shock mitigating seat. Besides, the harness is really cool! Overkill for most recreational boats, but hey if you have some or can find a deal on some why not? By the way John, they look good in your boat, your seats will be envied by others!
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thanks very much for that information. I have 3 of these seats, but they are the pre-shock mitigating version (800-101v.4). I've been waiting for a good opportunity to use them and although I will need to alter the base to match the available space I think I'll give it a try. thanks again.
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