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Old 10 February 2019, 23:30   #1
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Seats, yes or no

I'm surprised to see so many comments on here regarding seats in ribs.

Personaly they are the first thing to be removed from any boats I've ever owned if they had them for a few reasons.

Firstly space is always limited and I find seats take up way to much room, especially given we dive and fish from ours. Yes things can be stored in some seats but the things I carry are often unusual sizes which wouldn't fit in most seats.

Secondly I'm getting on a bit and now have back and neck issues which simply compound when driving in rough conditions sitting down. Standing allows a fair amount of impact to be taken through bending at the knees like skiing and allows for easy balance.

Standing also gives me a better view of what's around me, I feel like I'm on constant 100% lookout while driving from standing position. An average day on the water heading offshore chassing game fish clocks up around 8-1O hrs of standing and 140km of offshore driving.

I regularly drive a few different comercial vessels which have no seats for drivers, these are bigger 10.5m Naird and Gemeni ribs. I also drive an abalone boat which are built without seats to allow for more fish box space, even an urchin boat I drive is the same. These boats are used in conditions I never dreamed of heading out of in all the years of owning boats in the UK.

So why are seats so popular in the UK?
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Old 11 February 2019, 01:24   #2
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I'm surprised to see so many comments on here regarding seats in ribs.

Personaly they are the first thing to be removed from any boats I've ever owned if they had them for a few reasons.

Firstly space is always limited and I find seats take up way to much room, especially given we dive and fish from ours. Yes things can be stored in some seats but the things I carry are often unusual sizes which wouldn't fit in most seats.

Secondly I'm getting on a bit and now have back and neck issues which simply compound when driving in rough conditions sitting down. Standing allows a fair amount of impact to be taken through bending at the knees like skiing and allows for easy balance.

Standing also gives me a better view of what's around me, I feel like I'm on constant 100% lookout while driving from standing position. An average day on the water heading offshore chassing game fish clocks up around 8-1O hrs of standing and 140km of offshore driving.

I regularly drive a few different comercial vessels which have no seats for drivers, these are bigger 10.5m Naird and Gemeni ribs. I also drive an abalone boat which are built without seats to allow for more fish box space, even an urchin boat I drive is the same. These boats are used in conditions I never dreamed of heading out of in all the years of owning boats in the UK.

So why are seats so popular in the UK?
I cant imagine not having a seat in my Rib. We like them to sit on
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Old 11 February 2019, 02:13   #3
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I cant imagine not having a seat on a rib, they are a safety feature in my opinion, mine are bolster types so when weather is reasonable would probably be using them in the bolster position as in supporting my back while helming, if really rough then would probably use them in the down position and sit, plus if its raining hard sitting down helps to avoid painful driving rain on your face.

If its really rough and you have one hand on steering and one on throttles then not much support for the forces involved in large waves etc.
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So why are seats so popular in the UK?
Probably to sit ?
Not sure whether girlfriend / wife / kids / other guests would be happy to stand all day in a RIB .
I am used to suspension seats on bigger RIBs now and do mostly long distance cruises - so sit most of the time .
The current boat has even foot straps .
But I remember my former Searider during the Round Ireland challenge .
It had podseats and I was standing all day(s) long squeezing the seats between my legs - like riding a dirt bike .
That provides great support for the body while having one hand on the steering wheel and the other permanently on the throttle .
Could not imagine to stand on a boat in rough conditions without anything than steering wheel and throttle only ..
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Old 11 February 2019, 10:29   #5
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I agree that some traditional RIB seats can be very bad in rough conditions from a shock perspective, with a lack of proper support or impact absorption, and thus almost force you to stand at certain times, sometimes in an awkward position to still reach wheel/throttle. The modern (expensive!) shock mitigation ones are far far better in that respect, and you can let the seat do the work rather than your knees (or back...).

My current RIB has a 2 person cushioned leaning post at the helm, which I love the idea of to provide some support whilst still standing and using knees to absorb the impact, and the controls are all nicely setup for that posture. But my example needs a bit of shape to provide more lateral support in really rough seas - I've seen far better leaning posts/bolsters out there.

Don't think I'd want to be completely without some sort of supporting structure, but I'm (currently) happy with a seat or bolster rather than a fancy suspension seat.
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No seats!?... Can't see it catching on
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Sir will that be with or without seats. Without I am afraid that will be extra
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