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Old 18 April 2007, 15:52   #1
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Jockey used as bench?

Has anyone either configued their own RIB or been on one that has two double or triple jockeys side by side as per Double console style. With a double or triple jockey at 90 degrees and placed behind the other two jockeys to provide a narrow bench seat platform?

I figued that a jockey used as a bench in this way would provide two things.

1. Due to a higher seat hieght and the fact that you could brace yourself by straddling the jockey in front of you it would be more comfortable on passengers

2. I do a fair bit of fishing, so it's important to sit in comfort for a longish time facing the Stern. My only concern here might be that a jockey would be too high and too narrow but a foot rest could be built into an A frame.
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Old 18 April 2007, 15:55   #2
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Do you mean the sort of set up used on Atlantic RNLI ribs?
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I guess so, but a bit less commercial
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How about putting a couple of nicely upholstered swivel based seats on a bench seat mount? Or even making a swivelling jockey seat that can be locked into position?
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How about putting a couple of nicely upholstered swivel based seats on a bench seat mount? Or even making a swivelling jockey seat that can be locked into position?
Nice Idea but Sounds a little complicated.

One major factor in a design of seat on a RIB is that it takes so much punishment, it has to be built like a ....You know what!

Still, I'd like to speak to someone that had sat "side saddle" on a jockey.
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Your post got me thinking-a lot of the fishing boats that have swivel seats take a hell of a pounding too. How about a pair of seats like the ones in this?

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Yeh not too bad. But Jockeys are very difficult to beat for comfort whilst underway. Plus I think they would look out of place pearched at the same height as jockeys. Much better to mount them at the height of a traditional Bench seat about 150mm lower than a jockey and that would compromise the comfort level too much.
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2. I do a fair bit of fishing, so it's important to sit in comfort for a longish time facing the Stern.
Fishing = long periods of inactivity, I know the feeling well..........
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Has anyone either configued their own RIB or been on one that has two double or triple jockeys side by side as per Double console style. With a double or triple jockey at 90 degrees and placed behind the other two jockeys to provide a narrow bench seat platform?
.... It wouldn't work for me because of the inboard , but how about 4 standard jockeys , and make the backrests on the back jockeys removable, or even reversible.
I regularly fish over the side sitting sideways on the seats main problem is no backrest.
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With a double or triple jockey at 90 degrees and placed behind the other two jockeys to provide a narrow bench seat platform?
Do you mean butting up to the forward facing jockeys to make an enclosed U space? If so, would the backrest of the front jockeys be in the way or are they backless?

I fitted a bench at the rear with a tubular backrest that folds forward for rear facing. I take your point about rough weather, but you can straddle the corner of the bench leaning forward (if it doesn't have raised sides) and take weight on your feet if you feel the boat lift. Feels much more secure than sitting on the tubes! Loads of extra storage as well.

I found a secondhand older version of Outhills' BS18A:
http://www.outhill.com/bench_seating.htm

I'll post a pic at the weekend.
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