Originally Posted by ynp
If you know the Ullman seats, how you'd compare the Ullmans with the Shockwave ICE2 console and seats? I want to put the Ullman seats on a similar hull and look for any information.
I also noticed that the boat lacks any meaningful stowage with the Shockwave ICE2 console. OK for a tender or ...a toy... And you have to move the batteries aft, near that transom. I have my batteries aft on my current RIB and I am scared to put the boat to an abrupt stop.
Ullman are great, very well built. I would say that they are both (ullman and shockwave) at the top of their game. However, from my experience when I sat on the Ullman seat I had the feet on the deck, so I have the tendencies to use my legs to anticipate the shocks, I couldn't let the seat work properly. It made the ride "a little bit" less confortable (nothing to compare with a normal seat though)
With the Shockwave console, you are "in" the console, your feet don't touch the deck, so you don't feel at all the suspension working. It is natural, the boat work out in the waves but you are feeling nothing, just a pleasant ride. The way to feel how good it is working is by putting a foot on the deck, then you can appreciate how much it works.
The only time I felt the limit of shocks is when we took a huge tug wave in an already choppy water. The customer was driving the boat and it was new for him, he wasn't yet able to analyse the waves and we took that HUGE wave at full speed. I saw that wave coming and said to myself; oooooh man that's gonna hurt...
We launched in the air he we were at least 6 feet in the air and flew on a distance of 30 feet (yes an other fishing story). It dried the props (or like we say in french "when the engine bark") and it landed beautifully....I checked myself, I had not any broken ribs and all my members were still attached to my body
The console did its work.