Originally Posted by tom's
It is true that the suspended jockey seats have their limitations, but all are not equal in terms of cushioning! Today, more and more manufacturers use shock absorbers with air spring and adjustable preload. This solution can reduce or stop the risk of bottoming, and the injury than they can cause.
Look at this: Maritime Journal - Scot Seats Marine launch
I would agree.
I've had them for a few seasons now,and while every thing has its limits,QUALITY (and the clue is in the name
)"Shock mitigation" seats or systems are a real Bonus and IMO a Boon!...to BOTH comfort and safety.
For me they do enhance the Boating experience,especially if you enjoy rough weather Ribbing,and or indulge in long passages.
Can you get away without them? Of course you can..we've all managed for years.
But...things move on and improvements are made....look how far car suspension technology has improved over the years....with most vehicle users having a pretty soft ride before! Compared to Ribbers!
Hopefully prices will come down in the future as more manufacturers get involved,but this kit does take some serious Cosh!...and needs top quality design and materials!...As in all things.. Leading to high costs.
It does worry me that people in thier attempt to produce homemade,cheaper versions may do themselves or thier family/friends very serious injuries when it doesn't work out how they'd hoped!