I would epoxy in loops at the front of the rear hatch and attach bungee cargo net to that.
IIRC the seat is movable. Whether it would help handling - that is a really good question - you know enough about boats to understand that effects are dependent on paddlers weight.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Kayak & Canoe Covers
Hardshell Kayak Sail Rigs
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