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Old 24 February 2019, 15:44   #1
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Best Position to sit in choppy waters

Hi folks, took my Honwave T38 out in the Solent yesterday, lovely day, the only thing is it got a bit choppy and became a bit of a handful.
I had the bench seat nearest to the motor and I found it pretty scary trying to hold on sat up there.
What do you folks do about choppy seas, do you sit on the floor or something?.
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Old 24 February 2019, 15:58   #2
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I think it’s different for how different folks feel safe. I sit on right side tube with the outboard tiller a comfortable reach away which gives me a stance slightly leaning in towards the center of the boat. In extreme weather I’ll hold onto the tube top grab “handles” with my spare hand but in truth I feel well balanced 90% of the time just holding the tiller.

My Aerotec has a seat too far toward to sit on so it’s not an option but when I’ve had sibs with seats nearer the transom I never feel right or balanced reaching half behind me to the tiller.

Are you still running bow light? That will make it feel hairy if it cuts up rough.
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Old 24 February 2019, 16:21   #3
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If it's really bad on the floor more for my back though but one hand on the tiller one on the life line on the hogging strip sat on the seat or tube for me
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Old 24 February 2019, 16:42   #4
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in my little Zodiac (2.8m), I have a piece of pipe as a tiller extension and sit as far forward as I can on the starboard side in general, holding the grab-strap with my right hand. This gives better visibility than sitting on the floor, able assess to seas better.

I'll move position to balance the boat best, so it's not just one position - it's where the balance feels right.
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Old 24 February 2019, 16:50   #5
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Shock mitigation is tricky in a SIB without the ability to have a jockey seat position a la RIBs.

I know some people like them and they might be
OK on rivers but seats on a SIB don't work for me and I find the best idea in terms of comfort/safety/control for typical UK F3/4 seas is the standard RNLI taught SIB position so kneeling on the cushioned floor (use closed cell knee pad) with LH on tiller, RH on SB tube grab handle.

If not too bad then piloting from sitting position on SB tube with hands as above. But do an hour or more of this and your spine takes a beating which you'll feel the next day.


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Old 25 February 2019, 10:58   #6
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i use these if its rough waterproof dog beds i sit on the big one and have the small one hung on the tube as a backrest been in force 5-6 with them very comfy even at my age. just for info
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