A measurement-driven approach to understanding seat performance
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!
A quick installation process turns an existing helm chair into an impact-absorbing seat
Every boater knows that time spent exploring the water may come with a price: back pain and injury sustained over years of enduring pounding from wave impact, even in relatively shallow water and smaller, lower profile boats. Joe Isley, Jr., a flats boat owner and member of the boating industry, knows better than anyone.
SHOXS helm seat mounts helped to get him out on the water again after surgery to repair the pain in his back.
'Thunder Child II' will travel nearly 2800 miles (4500km) from Canada to Ireland
Joe Namath once famously said, "If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?" Safehaven Marine embodies this attitude through their mission to build high-quality patrol boats and consistently push their limits with real-world testing. In 2017, a Safehaven Marine boat set a world record for circumnavigating Ireland. Never one to rest on its laurels, the company is attempting to shatter yet another world record for Transatlantic travel in 2019.
Safehaven plans on attempting to set a new ‘Arctic Circle’ Transatlantic record in 2019 from Canada to Ireland via Greenland and Iceland in ‘Thunder Child II’, a considerably longer voyage than the 2,100 km world record Safehaven set in 2017 in their XSV17. Safehaven Marine chose SHOXS to supply the shock-mitigating seating to ensure crew safety and comfort as they pound through rough sea conditions for the long journey.
Highlights the growing trend toward shock-mitigation for recreational boaters
SHOXS continues to bring the latest technology in shock mitigation and ultimate boating comfort to not just the commercial and military boaters, but now recreational boaters as well. An article in the October/November issue of International Boating Industry magazine features a shift toward the adoption of marine suspension seating in the recreational boating market.
A major reason for that is the technology development of more compact and affordable suspension modules that will integrate with existing seats on the market today. SHOXS is at the helm of this trend with the new X-Series pedestal seat bases, developed recently and designed to offer smoother rides in rough water on any boat, with nearly any seat.
SHOXS is headed to Amsterdam November 13-15 to be part of the world's largest marine industry trade show, METS. Showgoers will have the chance to check out nearly the entire line of SHOXS jockey and bucket seating in our booth in the SuperYacht Pavilion. The award-winning X Series shock-mitigated seat mount pedestals will be on display, both combined with a seat and shown as a standalone unit.
Our team will be on hand to answer questions, share technical information, and help you design the ideal configuration for your next boat program. Visit us in booth 11.519 and see why SHOXS is the global industry leader in shock-mitigated seating and the #1 choice for boat builders around the world.
SHOXS is on display at the 59th annual Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 31-November 4th, 2018. Every year, the show exhibits a wide array of the boating industry's best equipment for the nautical lifestyle. SHOXS will have the new X-Series pedestals on display, as well as a SHOXS 3400-X8 for boaters to see up close and personal. Military-grade shock-mitigated seating is here to revolutionize the recreational boating industry with pedestals that can accommodate any marine seat on the market. Custom upholstery, logos, and colors are available to personalize your seating and match your boat styling.
Be sure to visit us the SuperYacht Pavilion in booth #706 to learn more about our proven track record with many high-profile military boat programs, precision engineering processes, and high quality seating that can make your days on the water safer and more comfortable.
Boat built by MetalCraft Marine and Brunswick Commercial and Government Products
In a strategic partnership between NY-based MetalCraft Marine, and FL-based Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP), the US Coast Guard received the ninth Long Range Interceptor (LRI II) for their National Security Cutter program. The LRI II, an 11-meter high speed aluminum launch vessel, can travel 236 nautical miles from the 'mother ship' to perform tactical missions such as boarding, threat detection and suppression, and patrol. The cabin can be operated open or closed, depending on the weather and sea state. The boats operate at sea in extreme conditions and the LRI II can be recovered at sea state 5 at up to 12 knots.
When traveling at speeds up to 35 knots in nearly any sea condition, shock-mitigating seating is crucial for the crew's safety. The helm is equipped with three SHOXS 4800 across the operator station, with pistol grips, armrests, lapbelts, cupholders, and chart pockets. The seats have 8" of fore and aft travel for precise adjustments based on operator comfort. The cabin interior and aft deck have SHOXS 5000 series jockey seating for high density passenger and crew seating.
SHOXS is preparing for the world meeting of naval technologies for the future at Euronaval in Paris. Visit our team in stand D49 to see the latest in rough water seating technology to protect men and women in uniform. Euronaval is the largest international exhibition of naval defence and maritime security and safety. Organised every two years in Paris-Le Bourget, this exhibition brings together decision makers from navies and the international naval industry.
Check out the extensive line of jockey seating purpose built for open boats, RHIBs, and high-speed vessels needing high density crew or passenger seating. We'll also have our flagship 4800 with integrated armrest controls on display, as well as the latest addition to our product line, the X Series shock-mitigating pedestals.
Unique features enhance safety and comfort on the water
We are proud to announce that our newest product family, the X Series Shock Mitigating Pedestals, was presented with an Innovation Award at this year’s International Boatbuilder’s Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) on Tuesday, October 2. A panel of eight judges with technical backgrounds in boating selected the product winners among dozens of entries.
The new SHOXS X Series Shock Mitigating Pedestals were developed to bring military technology to the consumer market. The pedestals feature the same air isolator as the ones used in commercial and government watercraft, and packages it into a compact aluminum housing. This allows the recreational boater to refit the pedestal onto an existing boat, or the boat builder to integrate the pedestal onto a production platform.
After intensive research and development SHOXS have developed the ultimate in shock mitigation for seating
When it comes to recreational watersports, thrill-seekers and casual boaters alike will agree that cruising through the waves can be a bruising experience for your spine. What many boaters don't realize is that over the long-term, high-speed watercraft can expose them to a dangerous accumulation of impacts that can cause chronic pain and debilitating injuries.
Referred to as mechanical shocks, wave impacts and the hazards they pose have not escaped the attention of major sea-faring organizations and governments. In fact, through its vibration directive 2002/44/EC. the European Union has gone so far as to impose strict shock dosage limits to protect its workers.