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What's worked for me is to stash most of the gear between the seats then run two cam straps in an X across it. If you push everything together just so and insure every bag has a strap under the handle it's very secure. It also nestles nicely under the yoke which helps. Like Pblanc I glued D ring patches to the floor for securing bow and stern floatation bags, but I also made bomber bag cages by screwing little D rings to the gunwales (wood gunwales) and running paracord through them. I did drill pilot holes to prevent splitting. Some cringe at the idea of screwing anything to those beautiful ash gunwales, and I must admit I did too, but I finally gritted my teeth and did it. I think they look nice and they're very handy. The bags go in under the paracord lacing then get a cam strap lengthwise from the D rings to the handles. I agree that you'll want to have some kind of cushion for kneeling. I personally like the big kneeling/sitting pads. They're portable (no need to glue anything down that may or may not work for someone else who might end up paddling your boat)and in a pinch can double as a seat at camp or lunch. Harmony makes one. YMMV.
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