Does anyone know of a bucket seat that is available to fit a Bell / Northstar Magic? I know that Ed’s makes a cane “bucket” seat which is an option, but I am really interested in a true bucket / Wenonah style seat.
Unless I can find something specific to the Magic I will probably get a Hemlock / Deal kneeling bucket which I think should work.
One other question I have is about the seat height. I previously owned a Bell Magic and recently bought a Northstar Magic. I recall being able to kneel in the Bell (although it was not ideal for this) in the Northstar I can barely get my feet under the seat and don’t have the flexibility to kneel in it. Not sure if I am just not as flexible as I used to be or if the seat height is different.
Not sure about the Northstar Magic, but I easily kneel in my Bell Magic, but I’m only 5’6” and wear size 8 a Chota Mukluk Lites, which have very flexible ankles. Mine has what I think is the original woven nylon seat. No foot braces, yet so I kneel as much as my knees and ankles will tolerate, which isn’t very long.
Matt it doesn’t really matter whether you got old ( sorry) or the seat height is different… Bottom line is it doesnt fit you… Can you shorten the seat drops?
I have a Ed’s Contour Bucket which I like… Its quite different from Wenonah bucket. The Conk seat you are interested in ought to fit. I bet Dave Curtis can furnish you with dimensions if you call him.
I am not worried about the fact that I can’t kneel in the boat because I don’t really plan to. I bought this as a boat to use for sit and switch pretty much exclusively. I was just curious about what had changed or if it was just me.
If I do get the hemlock seat I will have to drill new holes to accommodate the difference in the bolt spacing for the seat drops. Not s huge deal, but would be nice if I could find a true “drop in” replacement that does not require putting more holes in the gunwales.
Hey Matt, I think your memory is correct. My favorite dealer told me that Northstar is setting up their solos for sitting so that they don’t scare off first time buyers. I had a Magic that I knelt in…although I got it used so can’t be sure of the factory set-up. I briefly owned a Northstar Phoenix and then their longer Solo and both came with seats set super low and even the center seat in the tandem Polaris I ended up with will have to be raised for kneeling.