Originally Posted by robin
I would imagine that back injury or just discomfort from slamming along in chop is sometimes enough to put some people off ribbing/powerboating completely. I know I am 3 cm shorter than I was 10 years ago but thats probably just age!!!
Absolutely. I sold my RIB because of a back injury, a decision that I have regretted ever since but it went to a good set of owners
I slipped a disc back in 2002, not through ribbing but really cocked it again by going out too soon afterwards. Without being melodramatic once you have a lower back injury, you are never ever the same again (oh the constant pain!
) and its certainly made me more circumspect about what I will put myself through again.
The subject of a solution to back stress/injury on fast powerboats (be they RIBS or anything else) is thus dear to my heart! The Ullman seats look like an elegant (although I suspect expensive) solution but am very interested in feedback on them. The Stidd mission seats that JK has represent the dogs danglies of suspension seating but are priced more than the value of a decent rib. Another solution I have seen referenced in the US is http://www.glyde-ryde.com
which might be worth a look. Anyone with some really old back (no pun intended) issues of RIB Int. might dig out the article by a guy called Chris Hough around 1999 about the suspension bucket seats he designed and installed in a 6m Flatacraft with 150 Merc racing engine. I drove this boat and it was fantastic, think its in Scotland somewhere now. Chris developed a mark2 version of his seat (uses a motorcycle shock absorber) which is installed on his 8.1m Scorp. He lives in the US now and I do hope to get down to see him sometime and have a play in his boat. (New Orleans is a bit warmer than Canada!). I asked Chris at the time whether he was ever going to put his design into production but he felt that the engineering involved would make the price prohibitive. (Also he had a day job anyway.)
The other solution for fast powerboats much favoured in the US is standing up either using a leaning post or bolsters. http://www.bolsters.com/index.html
being the mutts nuts here. The other interesting area is in shock absorbing flooring or mats. I wonder whether this is an easy and cheap thing to apply to RIBS. There are various products around such as reviewed here http://www.tackletour.com/reviewfootcush.html
It takes a lot to beat the 'ol jockey seat though for a low cost solution. I can't understand why anyone who does any serious ribbin would have one of those nasty benchseat things. Makes by backache just thinking about it!