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Center Seats

Growing family? Solo paddling? Party boat? Your situation dictates the seating.

A 'camp rig' works great when paddling with kid's. This setup places young paddlers in the space behind the bow partner while maintaining portaging capability. Start by removing the center yoke, flip it, then reinstall the portage yoke facing the stern (back end of the canoe). Install your new center seat a few inches ahead of and on the bow side of the portage yoke.

An uncut center seat measures 41-inches. Keep pint-sized paddlers closer to the water and lower the center of gravity by using 4-inch seat drops and 6-inch stainless bolts. You and the kid's will love the Center Duo Seat.

While the camp rig makes a beautiful set up for paddling with kids, it places a solo paddler too far forward.

A paddling position about one-third the distance from the stern of the canoe works best. Hence, the common recommendation to turn your canoe around and solo paddle from the bow seat. A second option... replaces the stern thwart with a kneeling thwart. Combine a kneeling thwart with a camp rig and you have a do-it-all tandem.

If your need for a center seat stems from taking non-paddlers out; use a comfortable NorthWest Canoe Duffer Seat. The Duffer Seat maintains a low center of gravity. NorthWest Canoe can help you customize and accessorize your canoe. Visit before you head out.



Canoe Seat Replacement

Are your canoe seats cracked rotted or ripped? Good news, bench style wood-cane canoe seats are a universal canoe part. New untrimmed canoe seats measure 34-inches. With thirty minutes and simple hand tools you'll have your new seats installed and be ready to hit the water. Install new seats now and avoid the 'Ah rats!' moment next spring.

  • Go for the whole seat, not just cane replacement. Replacing the pressed cane will eat as much time and cost nearly the same as getting a new seat frame and all.
  • Replace both seats in your tandem canoe at the same time. Like headlights, when one gives out the second isn't far behind.
  • Remove the old seat and center it on top of the new canoe seat. Mark for cutting and drilling. You can leave the ruler in the drawer if the original seat fit OK.
  • Mark, cut and drill the bow seat first. The stern is narrower so you can recycle a faux pas to the stern.
  • Dab WATCO wood preservative on the exposed end grain to prolong the life of your new canoe seat.


Old Town Style Cane Seat

New England made. The 10-inch width fits many popular Old Town models. Visit the NWC web-store...

Sixty-percent more room for the rump. This beefy seat frame yeils comfortable foot-wide seats. It’s tough enough for a livery canoe.


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