Originally Posted by John Kennett
Sure, but even good drivers get it wrong occasionally. If the consequences are likely to be severe (and we don't know if that's the case or not in this instance), then it may be a risk that's not worth taking.
In our research, that seems to be the biggest cause of injury on high speed boats, the movement or impact you're not anticipating. That is the beauty of the Ullman seat, it puts you in an ergonomically correct position for the body and seat to work together to minimize the harmful effects on the body.
Even when we are not anticipating an impact, we find that being on the Ullman seat makes us much better able to handle it.
Another couple of things learned. Standing or using a leaning post is very harmful to the body, so the studies say. And for a seat to be effective it must allow the body to participate and be in the correct posture.
Another interesting thought is that it's the bodys impact against the deck of the boat which is often times moving in an opposite direction to the body that is a problem. Picture your body on a downward motion as you are coming off a wave and the deck of the boat moving upwards as it rebounds from the impact with the water. In my mind I had a picture of the boat and human moving as one but I can see what they are talking about and have experienced it.