Advanced shock absorbers
Sea Sure launches new suspension seats with most advanced shock absorber in marine sector
Seawork 2022 has provided the perfect place for Sea Sure to launch its new SHOCK-WBV travel suspension seat, the “L Series” which features the most advanced FOX Float shock absorber ever to be used on a marine suspension seat.
Set to shake up the market, the new seats are clearly set for a big future with the America’s Cup ‘American Magic’ Team already signing them up for use in all their chase and support boats.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in Southampton, SHOCK-WBV L Series joins the existing series (of C, P and R) which all have the same DNA - which is to significantly reduce shock wave on the water - but differ in size to suit requirements. SHOCK -WBV units can be fitted to new boats (or retrospectively by owners) to reduce whole body vibration. Retro-fitting on inshore commercial and leisure boats is a straightforward, cost effective process that will significantly increase the time spent comfortably on the water.
Sea Sure were keen to expand their product range, with most of their 2,000 + products focusing more on the sailing industry. Daniel Henderson, Marketing Director, explains: “A lot more people have come into power boating over the past decade and that’s been our push to look at what is needed. Many of our designs were actually spearheaded from our MD Graeme who had a powerboat but wanted to turn an ordinary seat into a suspension seat and make it a more comfortable ride.”
Explaining how the new series came about, Henderson continues: “Over the past few years we’ve been perfecting our designs of turning a standard seat into a suspension one. The latest L Series provide longer travel suspension seats which can be used in high end power boats, including the military where users need to be at their top form when they land. Reducing shock and vibration within these travel scenarios is key for optimum performance.
“The seats are situated on a track system, so where many vessels nowadays have tracks running down the floor, so the units can be fitted directly to what they already have. This design gives users the ability to move seats around and change the configuration, whether they want to put more seats in or have less.
“Everything centres around a baring system that enables the seats to go up and down without any play in them and allows for height adjustment. These are also the only seats designed with wings because when you are going along fast, you never take the impact from waves completely straight on. Sometimes they’re from the side which throws your body off centre, so the wings provide support so you won’t move around as much. We also use recycled material in the seats, which are resin infused.”
Explaining why Seawork is the ideal place to launch the advanced system, Daniel concludes: “We’ve been coming here for 11 years and the show is amazing as you get to show people stuff! The last few years there has been a hole so it’s really nice to come back and see people face to face. It’s not the biggest industry in the world and everyone knows each other so it’s nice to finally see everyone in person.”