I picked up a Bell Wildfire in the Kevlar Deluxe layup a while back. From what I can gather the Kevlar Deluxe was made before the white gold but is similar. The seat was mounted at the gunwale for kneeling and so I lowered it by a few inches since I am a sitter.
One thing I noticed was that the gunwales flex a bit when I sit in the canoe. I am only 5’10" 150lbs so I was a bit suprised that it flexed like that. I have read a post on here where somebody had similar issues with the white gold layup. Here is a link.
So the options as I see them are:
- Add a carbon belly band to where the seat is to add stiffness/support.
- Add something under the seat to brace it against the bottom where there is more support.
- Do nothing and just paddle it or trade/sell it for something else so I don’t ruin a really nice canoe.
- Add a bottom mounted seat.
- Other options?
What would you do?