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Old 20 September 2015, 06:32   #41
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Tried virtually all types of suspension seats over the years, in all types of boats, vehicles and plant......and broken quite a few dampers

By far the best I've found are pneumatic suspension with adjustable dampers, go and have a seat in a HGV and you'll see these seats can be "damped" by moving a leaver to suit the sea swell etc and are great in a cabin boat although I doubt they would last in an open boat.

By far the most important part of any suspension seat is the requirement to adjust the seat to suit your weight before planking your arse on it

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Old 20 September 2015, 10:41   #42
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but I wonder if it'll be reported in HMS's Mag?
It was, and they certainly did not pull any punches. ScotSeats must have been very unhappy about it !
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It was, and they certainly did not pull any punches. ScotSeats must have been very unhappy about it !
Not seen it Mate...I'll have a Butchers.Is he OK now??
....Glad it wasn't Ullmans!
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Old 20 September 2015, 11:59   #44
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It was, and they certainly did not pull any punches. ScotSeats must have been very unhappy about it !

Anyone able to post the article? I was only looking at them at the Boatshow yesterday, I'm still not convinced. They look waaay over engineered to me (IMHO)


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ScotSeats !
Ah, t'was never gonna be an Ullman.
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I don't know the detail. But any suspension seat has got to be better than no suspension seat. Although the driver may be lured into driving harder and the seated may rely more on the shocks and not their own body to take the load. I have been bruised and battered from non suspension seats on several occasions. Its only when I feel the pain I ease back
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........But any suspension seat has got to be better than no suspension seat.......
Not necessarily, that's like saying a faulty parachute is better than no parachute. You wouldn't voluntarily jump out of a plane without a parachute......but you might unwittingly jump out with a faulty one..
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IMO suspension seats are a fantastic development but are dangerously oversold and overhyped. The forces on a fast RIB are huge and completely unpredictable. No seat can completely protect a person from these forces. Before suspension seats, discomfort and fear slowed the boat - with suspension seats the temptation may be to press on - until a "freak wave" or "difficult landing" is encountered.

I think the most important role for suspension seats is in mitigating the forces encountered during fast passage over moderate seas - not in protecting PAX from the effects of large waves in rough water.

My call? - there's not a chance Hugo or Paul will be suing ScotSeats...
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I think the most important role for suspension seats is in mitigating the forces encountered during fast passage over moderate seas - not in protecting PAX from the effects of large waves in rough water.
Absolutely. I have little experience of SM seats, but do have experience of passages in heavy, confused seas.
Forces are impacting on the body from every direction on a split second basis, in my experience, the seat becomes no more than a fixed point to brace against and a final bump-stop when the arse goes south. I can almost imagine a bouncing seat being a hindrance in such conditions.

Those in the know, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
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