Richard, it probably would've been if I had thought of it! Instead I'm investigating manufacturing techniques for advanced composite wings...still quite interesting though.
Jeff, Good point about the wheel barrow. However the bit about the movement not being in line with the shock centre line is not what I'm on about...sorry! The forks are just an example. Mountain bike designers generally try and get the rear wheel to match the path of the front, but this obviously doesn't require the wheel axle movement to be in the same line as the shock stroke. Clever linkages and Virtual Pivot Point designs (I won't get into that!) help to acheive this.
I'm trying to think of a better way to explain myself. Perhaps imagine the force from a wave being "transmitted" into the hull and then up that linkage straight into the helmsman's arse. If the linkage was the other way, this force would cause the hull to move upwards more freely and the energy would be converted to heat in shock damper system instead of movement in the helmsman.
Robin, get some for the new boat! You'll be able to cruise along taking pictures when its rough!
RibRoy, Would love to hear Henrik's opinions on this. Sorry again for thread hijack, I've PMed JK to see if he'll split it.