3. When, how and why did you decide to purchase a seat with a shock mitigation system?
4. Can you describe with details your medical condition?
At 2009 I started experiencing back (spinal) problems. Once or twice a year I felt agonizing, acute backache which left me incompetent and bedridden for almost a week. The only way to get better was by injecting myself with several drugs. Since 2011 I treat these backaches with physiotherapy sessions because I feel better than when I’m taking drugs. Unfortunately, doctors have forbidden boat riding because the vibrations that occur are bad for my situation.
On December of 2016 backaches returned and this time physiotherapy did nothing. I felt pain every day, all day long and the worst of the situation was, that I also felt pain from my hip through my leg. Finally on March 2017 the MRI showed in detail the problems I was facing.
The neurosurgeon that made the diagnosis told me that I should avoid anything that would carry vibrations to my body (even motorcycle riding), thus a boat trip in the Aegean Sea (on which usually wind forces of 5 on the Beaufort scale occur) was forbidden. He also advised me to swim and do some special exercise in order to avoid surgery in the future.
In short the doctor told me to abandon my hobby, namely boat trips to the Dodecanese and Cyclades Islands and fishing with a harpoon gun. Since I didn’t want to follow his advice, I started looking for an alternative.
A solution would be to buy a bigger speedboat which could travel at wind forces of 5 on the Beaufort Scale without having vibrations and shocks. This was unfortunately a very pricey solution due to acquisition value, fuel costs, maintenance, taxes, docking costs, e.t.c. So I started gathering information about a kind of shock absorbing seat that absorbs vibrations. I Googled it and I found 2 or 3 options that shared little information and didn’t seem reliable. Looking further more I found some pictures of a seat with a shock absorber base that seemed to be what I was looking for. They looked elegant and well built. Their design and components convinced me that they were built to absorb vibrations. I decided to contact the manufacturer in order to gather more information about the seat. I was curious about its cost and the degree of the shock mitigation.
After making some phone calls I spoke with the company’s head, Mr Anastasios, who was very friendly. He provided as much information he could about the product they manufacture as well as the different types of seats they produce in order to find the one that suited me. I was very impressed by his effort to find a solution for my problem and not just make a sale. It took 2 or 3 phone calls to agree upon the seat that fits me the best. The agreement was made and I was anxious to receive the seat and test it.