Originally Posted by NautiSeacrets
I would have thought the constant leaving of the seat, and down and up again, and again and again it would be more comfortable having jockey style seat rather than the "armchair" type.
I'm obviously missing something - but everyones being too shy to spell it out for me!
I guess there are some factors not mentioned:
(i) generally the bigger the boat the more comfortable it is in any given situation so the less the 'need' for jockeys, in moderate conditions.
(ii) people buying large leisure ribs generally are spending significant amounts of cash on them and want them to look good - jockey's look a bit basic - for something that costs the sort of money people spent on small houses 10 years ago.
(iii) bigger boats more likely to cruise longer distances so want a long leisurely comfort rather than shorter trips in pounding waves.
(iv) the width of an arm chair type seat means that you need a big boat to fit two in (side by side - it would look odd in row bow to stern!).
(v) if you are really worried about pounding around on a rib and have money to buy a large new boat you are probably giving consideration to suspension seats.
Whilst you are probably right armchair style seats more commonly found on larger ribs - there are still plenty of big ribs with jockeys. Most of the commercial craft will have jockeys - or possibly some sort of standing/leaning post.