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Old 28 January 2010, 13:00   #1
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Starter for 10 - Jockey pod sizes?

Here's a novelty - just planning some new Jockey Seat Pods and thought we'd actually ask people who use the things...

What sizes do people prefer for the seat pods - in particular length for both single and double pods, heights excluding cushions, and widths at the top... we can do anything but it's always nice to know you're doing what people want!

Also do people prefer a lifting seat or hatches in the sides? Or something else?

Please let us know
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Old 28 January 2010, 13:23   #2
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Something I find frustrating about the Vipermax seat pods is the base is so wide that there's very little deck-space between 2 adjacent pods and you end up stepping on each others' feet. Ribcraft, on the other hand have a narrow base to their seat pods, which allows a lot more room on deck. Disadvantage is less storage space inside, but I'd put up with that.
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Old 28 January 2010, 14:25   #3
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I agree. Seat pods are almost always too wide to stand astride comfortably. My preference is for a narrow pod with a Halmatic style seat pad. Here's a picture of the seat pods that Alan Priddy designed for Phoenix - they worked very well.

I don't particularly like lifting seats as they can be awkward and become unsecure - they do seem popular though and give good access once they have been removed. In the picture you'll see that we had hatches in the sides plus waterproof BDH containers built in for dry storage of bit and pieces. This worked very well.

It seems to me that a lot more thought could go into the ergonomics of most RIBs.
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Old 29 January 2010, 03:26   #4
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Jockey seats

We've designed some simple pods to keep as much deck space as possible (the Eco XR24 has a narrower beam than many RIBs). The sizes are on our web page: http://www.eco-marine.co.uk/consolesandseats.html The tops open on ours.

Would be interested in comments on them...
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Something I find frustrating about the Vipermax seat pods is the base is so wide that there's very little deck-space between 2 adjacent pods and you end up stepping on each others' feet. Ribcraft, on the other hand have a narrow base to their seat pods, which allows a lot more room on deck. Disadvantage is less storage space inside, but I'd put up with that.
I think you can get two widths of Osprey pod now
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Old 29 January 2010, 03:48   #6
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Length wise it still amazes me how Avon & Humber define "one man" & "two man" etc.

For example - The "3 man" seat on the SR5.4 I always feel has slightly too much space for 2, with 3 it gets comfy. Same comment regarding the "2 man" seat on the SR4. Likewise, my |"2 man Standard Jockey" on the Humber - if the bolster was about 6" further back it would be fine, but when I'm sat comfortably for the wheel, the second person is literally clinging to the back of the seat. I'm not particularly rotund, but the thing that kills it is the fact there's nearly 8" of cusion in front of my @rse - if the whole bolster was mounted 6" further back, there would be plenty of space for everyone. The foot straps are also rather badly sited, but I put the entire setup down to me being taller than the person it was designed for.

As for height off the deck, that's an interesting debate. Mine is "proper low", so when you are sitting, you aree most definetly sat. Standing, plenty of room to allow you to bend knees when required & not get the seat trying to break your spine - also makes it easier to get on. Friend with a Ribcraft - nice high seats - really comfy when sat, but not as easy to get your leg over*, and much less margian for error with regard to meeting it on the way down.

I'll second the comments on the width of the base.

*I do mean that literally!
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Being a family of short arses (5"6" me, dad and bro. Women 5"4 and 5" 0) we struggle with the jockeys. My old mums feet only touch the floor on tip toes! Bit high even for me really. Also the seat is too long. Arms are short so can't steer and lean on backrest. Bases though are definitely too wide so feet bang in to eachother constantly. We get used to things not being right as most products are designed for average. Loving the boat though.

What about a jockey on an adjustable frame height wise?

(Bought from Ian sharlot though, was like buying a boat from Avatars! I'm sure seats were fine for families that tall (6ft plus))
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The hazards of designing for averages........

Sounds like we could happily swap our jockeys!
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I believe Scorpion take their customers' inside leg measurements, to make the jockey seat to the correct height.


At least, I think that's why they take it........
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I believe Scorpion take their customers' inside leg measurements, to make the jockey seat to the correct height.


At least, I think that's why they take it........
Yeah that's what they say it's for! Probably only do it for female customers!

Its a good idea, though obviously costs start to creep in making different moulds etc. You get what you pay for i suppose. Off the shelf, bit like a suit.....its designed for joe average!
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