2017 - Current Projects
I felt more stable than usual, though I generally row a wider hull without pontoons. I can't tell whether the added stability came from the seat or the pontoons or some combination of both. Whatever the reason, the boat was perfectly set, which allowed me to just pull.
The combination of the seat and the rigging helped me perform the rowing motion better than usual. It was easier to reach ahead of the pin and to maintain proper blade depth.
1) Current boat we are using is no comparison to what you have. I have major issues with leaning to the right in my current boat. In your boat, it was effortless and felt secured and stabilized from both sides due to actual boat being thinner and being able to sit deeper in the boat so I felt cradled. Loved how the back wrapped around and conformed to body.
Also, with current boat being so heavy it does take more to throw off balance but when it does, it stops motion of boat completely. With boat being so light and thinner and seat conforming to body, I felt more connected to boat and was able to notice slightest lateral movement and fix it before it got out of hand and without interfering my rowing.
2) Because the back conformed to body and was much thinner than current seat I use, it allowed me to reach further back with elbows because there was no back seat for me to hit. Also, because seat was shaped to conform to shape of butt (current seat set at 90degree angle), it allowed for a more stable base. With current seat being perfectly flat the seat cushion I use is constantly moving and this causes disturbances in stability and how much power I can put into my stroke. Dipped seat allows for butt support to keep it from sliding.
3) Current wintec seat we use is a health hazard. Though I strap in my butt is still sliding back and forth. With current seat set at 90 degree angle and butt constantly hitting metal welding should cushion slide forward (it does every practice) it is uncommon to hear of arms/shoulders or trunk/arms athlete who hasn't developed pressure sore. With new seat conforming to shape of butt and cradling butt securely, health hazard would decrease significantly because friction between butt and seat would disappear.