Shark Suspension Seats in my Naiad 4.8
I got a used Naiad 4.8 earlier this year and have been working to outfit it as the ultimate Northern California diving and fishing RIB. I wanted the most capable, most comfortable boat possible that still had the ability to be launched anywhere and towed by just about anything. I think I did it!
Seats were definitely something I wanted, and I knew I wanted suspension. We all know these small RIBs get pretty bumpy, especially one like this that is less than 16' but goes about 45mph...
I did lots of research, checked out a few RIBs in my area that had different seats, and decided to stick with the New Zealand theme and get a couple Shark Jockeys. They weren't cheap, but compared to big names like Shockwave or Ullman, they were reasonable.
The seats themselves have proven incredibly comfortable and capable. There's lots of cushion, lots of travel, and they are very light (which is partly why I picked them). I can do things in this RIB that I couldn't when I had a simple leaning post. I've launched the boat off a wave only to slam down on the crest of another, and the seats take almost all of the impact. I don't have any leg fatigue, back pain or anything from running hard for long periods. My only complaint is that they are a little high for many riders, and they have no height adjustment. I had a set of mounts fabricated from aluminum that are a little shorter that work well, but very short riders still can't reach the ground. Foot pegs installed on the mounts have solved this problem.
Overall I'm extremely impressed with these seats and very happy with my purchase! Also, Dan with Shark Seating was pleasant to deal with and very responsive.
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