Ergonomics is not a recognisably
However, the principles are an important ingredient in boat
designers put a lot of effort into optimising
of a dining chair for the home.
On an unstable platform, such as a boat it is even more important to
furnishings that are not only comfortable but functional.
The furniture makers designing for the mass market have developed a set
average dimensions so their furniture will suit the average person.
These are a good starting point for anyone fitting out a boat.
However, like most things on a boat there will have to be compromises.
Seat depth from the front
edge to the back; 13-15inch,
Seat height at the front
The backrest should support
the middle of the back;
6-7inch, 150-180mm above the seat.
Arm rests want to be
8-10inch, 200-250mm above the
It will help stop the user
slipping off the seat if,
it slopes down towards the back by at least 10 degrees.
The backrest will be more
comfortable if angled by
Sorry guys, but it will probably be best to sit
this one out.
Even if you do have standing head room in the heads, could you
guarantee you aim in a moving boat?
Even when sat, using the heads in a small boat at sea can be a
Provide convenient grab handles.
The following dimensions are just guidelines.
Head room above the seat 36inch, 900mm.
Ergonomic elbow room 24-27inch, 600-700mm.