Agree that a properly fitting seat is essential. This is why I am installing a new seat-the NDK high performance glass seat.
I find that seat fits me perfectly. It is the exact right height and the exact right width for me. It gives me great boat fit, control and great support for my forward stroke.
I did the foam seat thing for years and really liked it, but have changed my mind about it. For whatever reason I can never get it "just right" and either is a little snugger or a little looser than I want at the hips. I just can't seem to get it just right. And what feels right on flat water is way too tight in rough water.
I have come to the conclusion that I prefer a glass seat that fits right. I like the ability to "slide" a little in the seat. Foam just is not right for me for whatever reason.
I am planning to put the NDK seat in the Nordkapp.
I feel that is the only way I will be able to give the Nordkapp a fair shake--if it fits just right.
My only concern is placing the seat in the right position fore and aft since it will be a largely permanent installation.
I have actually installed one of these seats in another boat-- a P&H Bahiya and really liked how much better I felt in the boat with the NDK seat.
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