I was a little surprised to find that *both* the bow and stern Bell metal seat
hangers measure 5'' on the front vertical edge and 4 1/2'' in the back. To mount
the seat level, a longer front edge makes sense to me for the bow since the
gunwale is higher at that position, but in the stern it seems like the back edge
should be longer. I'm trying to figure out how to trim some wooden truss style
Also, is it normal for seats to hang the same distance from the gunwales,
putting the rear seat higher?
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The intention may be to provide a slope|
Posted by: guideboatguy on Nov-26-12 5:40 PM (EST)
higher stern seat normal?|
Posted by: melenas on Nov-27-12 12:32 PM (EST)
Maybe the intention was to angle them, although they're clearly mounted very
Yeah, get it the way you like|
Posted by: booztalkin on Nov-26-12 6:05 PM (EST)
There's no strict rules on seat height. The lower they are, the more stable the ride. But if anybody wants to kneel, you gotta leave room for the feet to slide under the seat.
Posted by: plaidpaddler on Nov-26-12 6:12 PM (EST)
how about turning them around so the long drop is in the back for the stern seat. You might have to swap left and right so the bottom edge faces the seat.
Somebody had to say it.|
Posted by: tktoo on Nov-26-12 6:17 PM (EST)
Posted by: ppine on Nov-27-12 12:40 PM (EST)
You can move the seats anywhere you want. Most of the traditional seats seem pretty level. I like the sliding bow seat option for trimming boats like Wenonahs.
Usually traditional seats are canted|
Posted by: kayamedic on Nov-27-12 12:52 PM (EST)
forward. Backward canting makes kneeling support a problem and is a back killer over distance. The other issue is sciatica. Your legs can become numb with pressure of the front support on the back of the thighs.
Well. so it goes|
Posted by: CEWilson on Nov-27-12 8:23 PM (EST)
In the beginning, we wanted the stern seat higher than the bow because: 1. the larger person should paddle stern for trim, 2. higher stern seat should provide better front vision, and 3. the stern has a wider knee stance, hence better stability/ heel control.