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Old 08 September 2002, 15:35   #1
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jockey seats

There seems to be many sizes of jockey seats out there on ribs , low ones, tall ones, narrow ones and wide ones. Which are the best???
I am about to start to build a fiberglass mould to turn out a couple of jockey seats for my rib, as it dosent have any, and the bench seat I have, I am moving else where on the boat, I also refuse to pay 400 for a jockey seat as I can probably build them for half that!!!!

So which shape are the best??? which height and how wide,???? Double or single seats , and how high should the back rest be???
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Old 08 September 2002, 15:43   #2
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Hurray someone else who feels we are being charged over the top for a couple of hours work with some fibreglass.

If your making a double jockey seat, I would be interested in one. Personally I perfer high seats, they are more comfortable in a rough sea as your legs take some of the strain rather than your backside. If you are willing to wait a couple of days I will measure my ribtec which seem about right. Regards Pete
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That would be great, if you could give us the sizes, I should be no problen to turn out one or two more. We wont be building them for a few weeks yet though.
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Not only are RIB seats expensive to buy, but many of them appear to have been designed (and I use the term loosely) by people who don't use RIBS much.

Shape
Narrow pods so you don't have to stand with youre feet way apart. Wide seats to spread the load. I prefer the pods to reach forward all the way to the console, but that's just personal preference.

Height
I'd suggest you build them so that your knee is at an angle of about 120 degrees when you sit down (don't forget to allow for the additional height of the seat cushion!). When it's rough you want to be standing anyway, and the seat needs to be more of a "perch" than a chair.

Single or double
Doesn't really matter in my opinion. If you make a double pod though, do have separate back rests otherwise it makes things very uncomfortable.

Back rests
I prefer high back rests, coming to just below the shoulder blades when sitting (you may also find that you can lean on them when standing which is a bonus)

The picture shows the layout on Phoenix, which was devised by Alan P. I've not seen it bettered, except I added the high back rests on the front pair of seats.

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I realy Like the seat shape, is it leaves it narrow and comfortable standing, and where you sit is wider, good idea.

What about storage, removable seat or hatch from the side???
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I realy Like the seat shape, is it leaves it narrow and comfortable standing, and where you sit is wider, good idea.
I've not seen a better design yet. If you get a chance to look at one of the Halmatics used by the Royal Marines you'll notice that this is the design they use too.

While I'm dishing out advice here's another tip! Avoid having deep cushions made of soft foam (as seen on a number of Scorpions for instance), as it squashes down to nothing when you sit on it, and is almost useless. Go for almost solid foam as this is much better at absorbing shock. In fact what I'd really like is seating incorporating Sorbothane.

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Seats securely bolted down, with large hatches on one side (the inboard side where the seats are side-by-side).

Also notice the waterproff BDH containers that have been incorporated into the design. These are perfect for keeping bits and pices like phones, glasses, wallets etc completely dry yet readily to hand.

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We have a little old man locally who specialises in retrimming classic motorcycle seats. He does a nice job at the right price.e.g. double seat and backrest refoamed and retrimmed for 25pounds. If anyone wants seats email me the base size, colour, height, soft or firm or alternatively contact him direct at J.H. Trimmings, Ashwood Marina, kingswinford, West Mids, 01384 279527. As for backrests, rather than buy bespoke items, I buy the tube at the local stockholder, and then get it bent and lugs welded by a mate with a tig welder. Much cheaper than buying off the shelf leaving more dosh for goodies. Hope this info is useful to anyone.
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Hi Dave,

have you built jockey seats for yourself???
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Hiya tim. Pretty well everything on the Q boat has been made in the workshop or one of the many one man engineering shops we have locally. Working for the national illhealth service dont leave much cash over and I hate paying marine loading. Currently building an A FRAME to my own spec. Cost of 316 stainless is 22 pounds. Love it, I really do.




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Do you have any photos of the rib???
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