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Old 04-14-2020, 11:13 AM   #29
Zach
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When I made my Kite I put about a 3" high seat in it that is mounted to the bottom, though that canoe is designed for a high seat mounted to the gunwales. Since I am 7 feet tall this allows my head to be at about the same height above the canoe as a conventional person sitting on a high seat or kneeling. I have heard of some people putting high seats in hulls that were designed for low seats, but I don't know the details. I think that ergonomics (being able to reach the water with a paddle) and stability (either perceived or real) are what determine what seat is practical for any given paddler and hull design. Also some canoes may have structural issues with a high seat that is attached to the gunwales, if they're not designed for that and are built to be very light.
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