Originally Posted by two stroke mick
Some enlightment on this subject please
Blimey I'm getting quoted in thread titles now!
We did indeed make a 6 metre RIB with jockey seats in and we sold it to a very satisfied customer from Ribnet - to my knowledge he has never been thrown out of it and from memory it's only just over 40mph top speed. Our 770 had a seat that we developed in house that could be flipped over and sat on top of for slow speed use and it turned into a sit down seat with good side support for faster use.
My comments were made as someone who has regularly pushed the boundaries of performance and know what it feels like to hook a boat violently. With top speeds of boats approaching and exceeding the 50mph mark I believe this is beyond the safe limit of many hulls on the market fitted with jockey seats. Of course if you aren't going to push the limits and get into a hooking situation then you'll never have a problem.
Another thing that people forget is that it can happen in a straight line, if you have a trip and stuff, often the boat will turn violently in one direction of the other when the bow hits, this often hurts more than when a boat hooks in a turn as it will decelerate violently at the same time as hooking which is how you can get facial injuries.
If you can picture all of the above whilst sitting on top of a seat, even with "Wings" on the backrest the best they will do is bruise your ribs on the way out. Once in a bucket style seat there is a greatly increased chance of staying in the boat without relying on footstraps which are great at destroying cruciate ligaments.
All of the above is of course in my opinion.