A Seawork award winner will install its suspension seats and shock-mitigating seat inserts in an America’s Cup fleet.
Seawork Innovation Showcase winner SHOCK-WBV has signed a deal with America’s Cup racing team American Magic for its Omega Shock seat inserts.
Manufactured by Sea Sure, the shock absorbers work by Omega cells interacting with each other under load to remove small, fast shocks caused by wave impacts.
The latest LT series used high speed bearing technology and the most advanced FOX shock absorber to be used in a marine suspension seat - which is why it won the award for Electronics, Equipment and Materials in the Innovations Showcase awards at this year’s Seawork event.
“To have all three parts of our product range selected by American Magic for their chase boat fleet shows that we have the range of products that is needed to cater for different seating types on-board high-speed craft such as Chase 1,” said Daniel Henderson, Sales Director at WBV (which stands for Whole Body Vibration).
”The goal from the beginning was to build the best performing suspension seat that enables boat users to have the best ride quality and comfort in the harshest of conditions, and to reduce fatigue and the risk of injury caused by wave impacts.
”Knowing that our products will be playing a part in delivering athletes and technical staff to and from American Magic’s race boat in the best physical condition possible is a proud achievement for the team here at WBV.”
“American Magic set out to find the best performance shock mitigation seat on the market to upgrade our chase fleet for the 37th Cup and found that in SHOCK-WBV’s new LT Series Seats,” said Dustin Burrell, American Magic Chase fleet Captain. ”We sought a seat to give our team the best platform to perform their roles at 60 knots even in large seas states, and found that in the LT series. Comfort and crew safety is a priority for the 25 crew members on the water daily, and WBV has answered that.”
WBV’s LT Series suspension seats and Omega shock-mitigating inserts will be fitted to the Chase 1 boat fleet in Pensacola, US later this month.