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Old 05 April 2011, 15:56   #1
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Jockey Seats for Short People

What do you UK operators do for short people on jockey seats? If there is not sufficient gap between seat and butt with slightly bent legs then whole jockey seat concept becomes practically useless.

With the charter fleet I am a part of (4 x Gemini 8.5m) all with jockey seats we have had 2 back injuries in the last year. Both were fairly short people although it seems both had ignored the safety briefing and were sitting flat on the seats.

I have experimented with high-density foam foot pads covered in non-slip matting, about 15cm thick and 30cm x 40cm that velcro to the side of the short persons seat. It has not worked as well as I had hoped.

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Old 05 April 2011, 16:02   #2
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Platformed seaboots might help.
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Old 05 April 2011, 16:03   #3
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Without sounding funny what about a height limit?
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Old 06 April 2011, 04:45   #4
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Ask 250kts. He has two canvas straps that are fixed to the inside of the jockey seat with a stirrup on the end. When there is a short person, he lifts the seat, pulls out the stirrups, adjusts them to the right length with the buckle and off you go.

Bob's your mother's brother! Job done.
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Old 06 April 2011, 12:41   #6
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Old 07 April 2011, 05:11   #7
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I have the oppsite proble with my Valiant Dr 490. The jockey seat is/was very low. I got it reconstructed and additional foam placed in the seat at Outhills. They did a good job but the seat is still too low. I dont have any other ideas to cure the problem. The Valliant jockey seat is just too low. I also believe that the sea rider seats are also too low. If anyone has found a solution to this problem other than cutting holes in the deck to let my feet through please post them.
Note I am 6foot 1"

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Old 07 April 2011, 07:59   #8
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I've thought about this with my children, now we have joockey seats only.

Option 1 fit folding s/steel pegs, like motorcyle foot rests to certain jockey pods. They flip down to provide stable foot rest when requiret, when not in use they lie flush against the pod.

Option 2 make some wooden blocks that clip round the base of the pod - I did this with shock-cord securing them together. Non slip atting on the top and instant firm foot rest fro shorter legs. Works fine with my 7 year old on my Ribcraft. This more flexible than permantly fitting the pegs.

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I have the oppsite proble with my Valiant Dr 490. The jockey seat is/was very low. I got it reconstructed and additional foam placed in the seat at Outhills. They did a good job but the seat is still too low. I dont have any other ideas to cure the problem. The Valliant jockey seat is just too low. I also believe that the sea rider seats are also too low. If anyone has found a solution to this problem other than cutting holes in the deck to let my feet through please post them.
Note I am 6foot 1"

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I have the opposite problem on the Humber, I cant touch the floor...wanna swap! =P
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