Modern boat design calls for higher horsepower and ever more durable hull materials. The resulting situation - boats are faster than ever, and can travel longer distances. For offshore watercraft, even at modest speeds, the accelerations associated with wave impacts are substantial, and the accumulation of exposure can have lasting consequences in the form of acute injuries and chronic pain. Unwary crews and passengers may learn this painful and sometimes dangerous lesson when they slam into their first wave.
The wave environment is complex, but there are proven ways to lessen the severity of impact. Shock-mitigating suspension seats have emerged as a leading counter-measure to these impacts, and acceptance by end users continues to grow. However, a lack of consistent performance measurements has hindered the industry’s development, and resulted in a lack of verifiable product comparison data for buyers. As the saying goes, if you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it!