I’ve had very quick email responses from Johnson Outdoors regarding this canoe. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their responsiveness.
I asked late Friday evening if they had either cane repair kits or replacement seats to repair the stern seat in this Penobscot 17 and had this response early this Monday Morning:
"We no longer offer the old style cane seats or repair kits for them, but you can get those from Island Falls Canoe (www.islandfallscanoe.com). They offer kits for repairing the cane in your existing seats, or brand new cane seating.
We do not have any plastic or wooden seats that are made specifically for your model. For seats, what we have that would fit are the 34” bow/stern web seats – item number #01.1315.2602 for $59.99 each. The seats are not pre-cut or drilled so you will need to trim them down to fit your canoe and then drill holes for the screws to install them - http://store.oldtowncanoe.com/product/314097/01.1315.2602//Web_Seat_BowStern-_34%22?pid=47cf48bdc3978a1151e4d01291f4d873. If you need replacement hardware (bolts and dowels), you can select from a 4”, 5”, or 6” bolt - the standard size is 4”. The longer the bolts, the lower you sit in the canoe which will lower your center of gravity giving you more overall stability. We suggest looking to see what your boat may be using for hardware, or use the chart below and use the correct dowel sizes that match up with the corresponding bolt sizes your using. We only offer a 3.25” dowel, so it can be trimmed down to accommodate the 4” and 5” bolts.
4” bolts use 1.5” dowels
5” bolts us 2 3/8” dowels
6” bolts use 3.25” dowels
You can order these parts online, over the phone with any of our reps, or through one of your local dealers. I hope this helps and please let us know if you have any other questions.
Customer Service Representative
Johnson Outdoors Watercraft
Old Town Canoes and Kayaks, Ocean Kayak, & Carlisle Paddles
Tel: 1-800-343-1555 "