Gizmo’s awning AC and Muvman sit-stand stool

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. John K says:

    I’ve been waiting for you to install an Aegis flat plate radar system, that would complete the look. 🙂
    P.S. – Someone put your hatches on backwards.

  2. Dan Corcoran (b393capt) says:

    Is there a rendezvous this year ?

  3. Felipe López says:

    I’d be interest to know how the Movman behaves in rolly seas and whether you’ve anchored it in any way to prevent its movement while underway. ?
    Tks Rgds
    Felipe Lopez
    MV AlterEgo

  4. Richard Howard says:

    Funny you mention your hip problem. I too have been having hip problems. I thought I was facing hip replacement surgery down the road. However, I observed my habits and realized that i was sitting for many hours at a hard bar stool while working at a computer. The result was that this sitting position was, to a slight degree, forcing my hips out of socket. This caused lots of pain while standing on hard surfaces later in the day. The pain was becoming somewhat debilitating. After completely changing my habits and sitting in a reclining chair instead, I am happy to say my hip problems have completely disappeared. This has taught me that I need to observe my habits more closely as I grow older and consider the possibility that something I am doing is causing my pain issues. I am done with hard bar stool type chairs.

  5. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Hi Felipe,
    I got to try the Muvman yesterday in short seas with some quick rolls maybe 15 degrees. Worked well as I expected. As noted, the natural Muvman sitting position is feet widely spaced and firmly placed, which is just what you do with any non fixed chair on a rolling boat. Only Muvman gives you some spring loaded play dealing with the motion, and even some shock absorption.
    Plus the stool didn’t fall over when I wasn’t using it, and never came close. If I ever do get in such extreme conditions, I’ll just tie it to the table leg (it goes low enough to stow under the table, another feature).
    But I’m not saying that a Muvman is a substitute for a fixed helm seat like I have on Gizmo’s fly bridge. It’s not, but Gizmo has no room for fixed seats at the nav table or helm in the main cabin. The boat came with wooden stools that could be turnbuckled to the deck, but were horribly uncomfortable. I used a high (foldable) captain’s chair for a couple of seasons but it was worthless in any kind of sea and also hurt my hip. Muvman is the best solution yet.

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