If you plan to sit all the time and not use the seat as a support for kneeling you can lower the seat as much as you like. If you plan to kneel occasionally and tuck your feet under the seat then you will of course by limited by how much you can lower it.
Your center of gravity goes down and stability goes up the lower you sit. Depending on your torso height, sitting too low might make it feel like the gunwale is in your armpit, though. I find that I can get more power on the stroke if I am not sitting too low down.
You can make seat hangers out of some hardwood dowels. One problem you can run into if you want to lower the seats quite a bit is finding stainless steel hardware long enough to reach through the gunwales, through the seat hangers, and through the seat frames. Ed's canoe and other vendors sell #10 x 24 tpi stainless steel machine screws that are 6 inches long, which will allow you to lower the top of your seat frame up to about 4 inches below the bottom of the inwale. If you want to go lower than that and would like to use stainless hardware, you might need to go with stainless steel carriage bolts.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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