I recently acquired a Disco/Guide 119. For the solo, quiet water paddling I do with a little fishing and easy river trips thrown in it works great for me. Being an older geezer (72) I find it fairly easy to handle for loading and unloading. I use both a double bladed kayak paddle and a regular canoe paddle depending on what I am doing. I prefer sitting to kneeling for paddling.
While I don’t consider the molded seat quite as obnoxious as a lot of people do I am still not completely happy with it. I can find a comfortable position in it but I can’t sit that long in one position. I need to shift around a bit. Old bones and muscles don’t handle being stationary too long very well. So I am looking to replace the seat with a wood and cane or wood and web seat. I might also move it forward slightly although I am not sure about that yet. The canoe seems to handle fine for me in its current location.
I have been looking at the seats on the Ed’s Canoe web site and there is too much to choose from so I am seeking opinions on the different seat configurations. I realize that people’s opinions and preferences in a seat can vary greatly and no one would be more wrong or right. I just want to hear comments on what people think about the various seats. I am trying to decide between a plain, straight configuration, the contoured configuration and the bucket seat configuration. In the straight and the contoured version I am also trying to decide if I need the additional width of seat offered in the 40" contoured seat vs the 32" contoured seat. Either can be trimmed to fit between the gunnels at the point where the seat will mount. Not sure whether to go with cane or web either although aesthetically I like the cane.
Any comments or opinions are welcome.