Any one know where I can track down a old Bob Foote canoe pedestal or two?
I thought he recommend using Mike Yea Outfitting. Is there something special about the pedestal in his earlier boats?
Bob sold a rotomolded plastic Grand Canyon saddle and later a minicell foam saddle with a similar wedge configuration. He may also have sold a different shaped minicell saddle later.
Because of the size and shape, shipping costs for the rotomolded plastic saddle are quite high.
I invented a sophisticated foam pedestal
in 1973. Unfortunately I had no instinct for marketing or production.
Foote’s a great paddler, but is there something special about his pedestals? One individualizes a pedestal out of a stack of foam. As with Michaelangelo, just carve away what isn’t the pedestal you want.
You mean this saddle?
Grand Canyon saddle
That is the Grand Canyon saddle, which I modified slightly to make a wider seating surface. The saddle was effective, but heavy and could not be cut down, although the minicell side blocks could be shaped some.
Bob later sold a minicell version with a similar wedge shape.
Foote in the early 80’s . . .
. . . when I paddled with him several times in northern California, had a homemade foam version with the front wedge holding an ammo box and two water bottles. He later commercialized his concept as the Grand Canyon Saddle.
I liked the Perception Saddle better.
I bought an Encore with that hard plastic saddle a few years ago. It was atrociously uncomfortable.
Maybe ask Bob?
While I don’t think he has any, although I haven’t asked him, you could write him an email and ask.
Just a thought.
See you on the water,
The River Connection, Inc.
Hyde Park, NY
figure out the shape then just buy a
block, carve and repeat twice...but best to, at first, go big in height and estimated size of your butt;-) Fwiw...that thin, softer foam(that Kayak Outfitting has) is great for a top layer.