The Best Bosun’s Chairs
First, what is a bosun’s chair? Wikipedia describes it best:
A bosun’s chair (or boatswain’s chair) is a device used to suspend a person from a rope to perform work aloft. Originally just a short plank or swath of heavy canvas, many modern bosun’s chairs incorporate safety devices similar to those found in rock climbing harnesses.
In addition to the maritime applications they were developed for, bosun’s chairs are also used for working at height in various maintenance industries. In commercial window cleaning, the term ‘bosun’s chair’ describes devices suspended from rope and equipped with seatboards, such as descent-only controlled descent apparatus (CDAs).
Note: while Wikipedia’s definition give an example of “decent-only controlled decent apparatus”, we would like to point out that the System 99 provides both decent and ascent capabilities thanks to our patented block-and-tackle system.
We at International Safety Equipment are extremely passionate about our bosun’s chairs. Comfortable and safe bosun’s chairs are part of the reason that the System 99 has become so successful; a person utilizing our system but feel safe and at the same time, must be as comfortable as they are sitting in their favorite lounge chair. We sell top quality bosun’s chairs that are comfortable, safe, and durable. These chairs can be used heavily for a five year period, after which it is suggested that they be replaced. The reason for the recommended replacement is due to the natural wearing down of the materials over time. The same rule holds true for child safety seats. If the safety of the chair wasn’t so critical, one of these chairs would probably last about 40 years. It is only due to extreme caution that a five year replacement recommendation is in place. Not surprisingly, International Safety Equipment’s main focus as a company is your safety – no other objective comes close. Below are pictures of our top-selling bosun’s chairs. After extensive testing, we have listed the pros and cons of each model (yes, we listed the cons as well!). Both work very well with any configuration of the System 99 and are guaranteed by International Safety Equipment. Please contact one of our knowledgeable sales representatives for any questions about either of these chairs. As a reference, one of our customers commented on the bosun’s chair he had just purchased. In case you haven’t reviewed our page regarding “Steeplejacks”, a steeplejack is a person who either builds or maintains a very high and sharp-angled roof, such as the steeple of a church. The part below regarding falling asleep in a bosun’s chair might seem ridiculous – but we assure you that it is not! Below is a quote from Tom, one of our “Super” steeplejacks.
BEST DAMN HI-WORK TACKLE GEAR I’VE USED IN 30 YEARS OF STEEPLEJACK’IN! YOU GOTTA USE IT TO APPRECIATE THE BRAKE, IT’S JUST PLAIN AMAZING! AND MY ONLY COMPLAINT ABOUT THEIR CHAIRS ARE THAT THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE THAT MY GUYS COULD FALL ASLEEP IF I DON’T WATCH ‘EM CLOSELY! I’VE GOT 4 OF THESE 99’s, & WILL BUY MORE! Says Tom, one of our ‘SUPER’ SteepleJacks.
A note about bosun’s chairs: 99% of our competitor’s chairs do not provide the strength capacity of 5,000 lbs that is required by ANSI and OSHA. Additionally OSHA requires that an ANSI Class III fall-protection full body harness with a mid-back rear “D” ring be worn by the occupant of the chair when more than three feet off the ground. Not sure if you meet OSHA requirements? One of our consultants would be happy to provide you with advise on OSHA requirements as well as which chair is right for your specific purposes.
Our Most Popular Model:
The Model #1510 is by far our most popular model due to its comfort and price. It a well-built chair that is also easy to clean and store.
If our most popular model doesn’t fit your needs, we also offer a variety of other Bosun’s Chairs. Below are the Good, Better, and Best – for these alternative Bosun’s Chairs. Again, if you’re not an expert on bosun’s chairs, give us a call and one of our consultants would be happy to help.
- Very safe
- Lowest cost chair that still meets safety requirements.
- Extremely comfortable for any job that requires a user to be suspended less than 30 minutes.
- Takes up very little storage space.
- Keeping perfect balance requires a little more effort than our high-end chairs.
- Not as comfortable as our higher-end chairs for jobs that take longer than 30 minutes. For jobs that take less than 30 minutes, this is a very good option.
- Very safe
- This chair hits the “sweet spot” between a luxury chair and price.
- Extremely comfortable for any job that requires a user to be suspended less than 60 minutes.
- Keeping perfect balance is not an issue.
- Not as comfortable as our higher-end chairs for jobs that take longer than 60 minutes. During our user tests, this model was comparable to our top-of-the-line Bosun’s Chair for any job that required suspension for 60 minutes or less.
- Very safe
- This is the top of the line. This is as comfortable as the leather recliner you sit in to watch football.
- Some of our testers currently see a chiropractor for back issues. The feedback from these individuals was that this is a chair they wouldn’t mind sitting in for hours at a time. There is lumbar support and an extremely sturdy base. Though our lesser expensive Bosun’s Chairs are just as safe, this chair feels the sturdiest.
- One of our customers said it better than anyone at International Safety Equipment could have expressed:
- “It’s the difference between a Chevy and a Cadillac – both will get you to the same place and are reliable – but one is much more comfortable and easy to deal with than the other.”
- Customers don’t like catching you sleeping on the job.
- Sorry, we couldn’t think of a second “con” except that you’d rather be watching football.