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Old 07 August 2017, 13:10   #1
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RIB seaworthiness: AB without a bolster seat?

Heya everyone!

I've spent the last 10 weekends on my boat or my cousins boat. I'm rocking a 14 SIB and my cousin has a 21 foot RIB. I've been looking around at the potential of a purchase not because I don't enjoy my boat, but whenever there is chop, I simply cannot get it to plane comfortably. Plus, I really like the idea of potentially hopping over to the islands or Catalina.

With that said, I've been considering a 14-15 AB. While probably a little small, it would fit in the garage and looks decently suited. However, one concern that I have is that it does not have a bolstered seat. The 500 Zodiac Pro Open would be a dream and has one, but I can't spend $40K+ on a boat.

How comfortable would you say you guys are in a center console bench vs center console with a bolster seat? Also, I'm thinking that AB could do well over 40 with 70 HP and only weighing 900 lbs ish?

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I realized I started this in the wrong forum. Please move to RIB section if necessary. Thank you!
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Old 08 August 2017, 00:04   #3
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Smaller ribs like that 13-14' can be a challenge to find a comfortable bolster and console without leaning forward and down to reach the steering wheel. Might be worth giving that dealer a call and see if they can help. They are really knowledgeable .
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Maybe try a Jockey suspension seat if you are able to find one.

The design of Jockey seats means that you don't have to stretch out to the wheel. Your legs are not out in front of you, but slightly downwards giving a much better position to control the boat from.

If you want any info about our product I'd be happy to help.

Suspension seats for shock mitigation - Shark Seating

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