I've tried this question on a "Solo" site but it might do better here.
I've got a 12' canoe I pulled out of the dump a couple years ago that I'm rebuilding. It's a fiberglass, triple keeled canoe that I replaced the gunwales on and am about to build a seat for. I figure it will make a great solo fishing canoe. Most likely I will sell the canoe after I'm done rebuilding it. It's the first and easiest of four that I have to rebuild.
My question is, How far back from center would you put the center seat and how low would you hang it?
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Posted by: Big_D on Dec-14-10 9:34 AM (EST)
I wouldn't put the seat real low. It looks wide enough to handle some weirdness. I'd put it 18" or so behind center, but the best guys to ask are Mike McCrea over on the "Paddling Suggestions" forum and Al A right here on the fishing section (though he only rarely jumps on). You could also call Blue Mountain Outfitters in Marysville, PA and ask them (while you're ordering the supplies). They are an excellent resource for materials and knowledge.
Posted by: Dirty_Ed on Dec-14-10 10:52 AM (EST)
I'd say for canoe fishing there are as many opinions on seat position as there are fishermen. I generally modify all my canoes so that the front edge of the seat is about 12" behind center and high enough to get my feet under the seat when kneeling. This set-up works for me because I fish streams 95% of the time. I'm near enough to the center for good control, even when I drop to my knees in rapids, and the high seat isn't a problem in flat water.
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Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Dec-14-10 3:50 PM (EST)
I thought the answers you got on the other site covered it pretty well. If you're just going to sell it, why not leave the cross-members long and give the buyer the option of choosing seat location? Otherwise, you might re-read the suggestions and make a decision. Don't sweat it too much - it can always be changed.
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Posted by: jen724 on Dec-14-10 5:38 PM (EST)
Big_D.....Second your recommendation of Blue Mountain. I drive up from VA whenever I need something serious done.
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Posted by: Big_D on Dec-18-10 7:08 PM (EST)
I showed up there one year with my daughter when she was very young. Mary actually was so kind that my daughter didn't want to look over the shop with me. She wanted to hang out with Mary. I can also remember way back when they first opened. My family used to drive down past there and stop at the antique store that was there before them. One time we came down and it was a canoe shop. My dad was intrigued by the boats so we went in anyway. My mom and Mary hit it off and spent well over an hour chatting away by the fire. They are the friendliest, kindest, most knowledgeable shop I have ever been to in a lifetime of paddling. They make it a pleasure to spend money there.
You got good answers on the other forum|
Posted by: clarion on Dec-17-10 1:35 PM (EST)
Posted by: sweeper on Dec-22-10 1:09 AM (EST)
I just wanted to try it here also to see if anything else came up.
Posted by: Al_A on Dec-23-10 9:15 PM (EST)
Didn't see this question until now...I've just been slumming on the bicker and banter board the last couple of weeks...