Being "locked in", or "one with the boat" is not the best seating method for all paddling situations. Just the opposite is closer to the truth, and don't forget that you won't EVER see distance racers use pedestals. I kneel nearly 100-percent of the time, but if there was only one place where my feet could go, or if I couldn't comfortably shift my butt a few inches one way or the other, I wouldn't be happy in most paddling situations.
Here's an analogy, one I chose since cars always generate more input on this forum, and more enthusiastic input, than any subject having to do with boats. All except the crudest home-made racing cars have seats that are specially made to really lock the driver in place. The driver's control is excellent because he doesn't have to put much effort into resisting the lateral forces on his body. WHO thinks that this would be a good seating arrangement in the average car?
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