Didn't see this question until now...I've just been slumming on the bicker and banter board the last couple of weeks...
I fish out of a solo canoe about as much as anyone, and for me the seat in any solo of that length should be placed so the front edge is just about on center, for a couple of reasons. First, if your weight is near the center, the canoe tracks better without having to make every forward stroke a strong J when you're moving forward, and the canoe stays put at the angle you want it when doing a back ferry. If the seat is farther back, the canoe wants to turn much more easily on any power forward stroke, and when you are back-paddling during a ferry, it will also want to change angles...assuming that you have it trimmed so that the back and front are about even.
Second, putting your weight as close to center as possible, where the canoe is widest, actually seems to make the canoe feel more stable, something that tends to be important to anglers.
I use bench style seats in my canoes, and install them high enough that I can get one of those black plastic auto battery boxes under the seat and an inch or so off the bottom. The right size auto battery box holds 5 3701 Plano boxes full of lures perfectly, and I strap it under the seat with velcro. If I floated more class 2 and above water like Dirty Ed does, I'd want to be able to kneel with my feet under the seat as he said, but since most of my float fishing is in class 1 and low class 2, I don't kneel.
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
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