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paddyt111 posted 07-17-2011 08:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for paddyt111   Send Email to paddyt111  
I have a 210 Ventura (haven't posted in a while) and was keen in replacing my helm (and possibly my passanger) seat with suspension seats. I spend a great deal of time on the ocean off the coast of Newfoundland where I end up bouncing around a lot (awfly hard on the back). My Whaler is nothing short of a work horse but I can't help but wonder if suspension seats/chairs would improve the experience. Any comments or recommendations folks?
Hoosier posted 07-17-2011 11:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
I had the same idea as this guy. I think I'll stop by my local Tractor Supply store.

Jefecinco posted 07-19-2011 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
That Tractor Supply rig looks like a pretty good solution for your fresh water boating. I'm not so sure Pat would find it quite as useful for use in the Atlantic of Newfoundland.


Tohsgib posted 07-19-2011 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
I thought you were supposed to stand while driving.
Phil T posted 07-19-2011 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Phil T  Send Email to Phil T     
Paddy -

Great to hear from you.

While you can change the seats, the ride will improve if you get a larger boat. Think 25 Revenge. :)

lakeside25 posted 07-19-2011 04:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeside25    
I can't find a Canadian supplier right now but there must be one around here.
Here's one in the States

lakeside25 posted 07-19-2011 04:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeside25    
I have a few acquaintances on the Rock and even more who are from there including one of my kids fantastic school teachers is from St John's. Can't imagine what it'll cost to get his stuff there but...

These folks have a Marine division. html

I live in in the center of our the country's trucking hub so if I can help let me know. Must be suppliers around here.

paddyt111 posted 07-19-2011 08:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for paddyt111  Send Email to paddyt111     
Here's what I've learned so far.
- I checked my Kubota/JVC tractor dealer. He tells me he has nothing like this (meaning the second post
- Earlier today I received a reply from a site I came across. He recommended the seat torsion 580 at $1200. plus shipping would significantly improve the G's one experiences out in the rough water. Given my boat is $65000, it doesn't seem too bad for a comfort upgrade.

I also came across another site It has to be the nicest seat site I came across. Great videos as well. Worth checking it out.

Having said all that, I'm feeling that a new seat is cheaper than a new boat, that being said, why don't a lot of boaters install new shock absorbing seats??

Jerry Townsend posted 07-19-2011 11:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
I have not compared the available choices - but riding in my son's jet boat in white water rapids - on torsion seats is comfortable - check with those suppliers (Duckworth, et al.)

Also, the long haul truckers has have torsion seats - nice - but probably pretty expensive. --- Jerry/Idaho

boatdryver posted 07-20-2011 10:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for boatdryver  Send Email to boatdryver     
suspension seats are routine on welded aluminum jet boats. I had two on my 22 foot Fish-rite and they work great.

Problem is those boats are run in fresh water and there is a lot of exposed painted metal in the suspension system. I don't think they would hold up well in a salt water environment.


Basshole posted 07-26-2011 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Basshole  Send Email to Basshole     
Anyone see anything made of stainless steel? That would be ideal.
Tohsgib posted 08-01-2011 11:46 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
Should I assume you can't stand and drive in a Ventura?

The best seats in the world(like the ones in CG boats at $12k? a piece) would not help in my classic 13'.

Tohsgib posted 08-01-2011 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
http:/ / floridasportfishing. com/ magazine/ product-reviews/ press-rele ases/ seaspension-shock-mitigating-seats-smooth-the-ride-in-united-state s-coast-guard-iceboats. html

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