On such a small boat, ergonomics are one of the main differentiators. To get it right we defined seating area shape over studies and tests.
First in-depth analysis of the competition’s ergonomics was made. Later we gathered data and together with Seascape team conducted design research amongst potential First 14 SE sailors varying in age, size and sex in order to come up with the most comfortable cockpit shape for hiking.
Multiple sitting heights, widths, angles and end radiuses were blind-tested. The shape we ended up with works best with all types of users and is particularly optimised for recreational hiking style.