Originally Posted by Poly
The saddle on a road bike is somewhat different in design though - and you legs and arms are bearing a lot of weight, and moving around, whilst the load is carried on a design that has evolved over the years! The Highfields did well in R.I. so it would be interesting what feedback the guys had on the seats? Did the girls use the same seats? if not why not - and how did their seating compare? They look basic but perhaps there is more thought gone into the shock mitigation than their aesthetics suggest. That said the two biggest factors in shock mitigation are the hull under the seat and the guy on top!
You must be nice and handy for the factory if there are any issues? Is it like the Redbay following in the North of Ireland down there where one local manufacturer has emerged as a leader by being able to provide local support - or are you breaking new ground?
It was only in jest that I used the bike saddle analogy, but with a body shape sculpted from years of abuse, the pain outweighs any evolution of saddle design on a 100-mile bike ride!
The girls used the same CoastalPro suspension seating that were used on Ribquest 1; there was a review of them in the PBR R.I. write up. I chose my seating after being happy with the same set up in a previous boat, but my intended use is a bit more leisurely, so I am not likely to demand as much from the seating as some. If, however, that changes, I will certainly look at shock mitigation seating.
I am impressed with how the hull performed from a comfort perspective. This is my 4th smallish RIB from three different manufacturers, and none of the previous compared to the ride quality of the best of my hard boats... until now. I can honestly say this one is very different, as mentioned in the OP. Unfortunately, I don't have the same confidence in my performance, but I stayed dry and the boat stayed upright!
Highfield is now in partnership with selected Honda marine dealers for the sale of their RIB's, and I am very fortunate to have my local dealer only 4 miles away. Locality was not the deciding factor, but it helped a lot, as it allowed me to pop in at various stages of build to check helm position, layout etc before fitting. Both Highfield and the Honda dealer (Rob Perry Marine) have been a great help, especially with the first hand R.I experience.