I may have just learned something the hard way. I recently got myself a Nova Craft Prospector, and being a confirmed kneeler, and my usual tandem paddling partner being a kneeler too, I set about putting an appropriate slope on the seats. On my solo canoes, I’ve always raised the back edge of the seat, or even raised the front as well since low seats don’t accommodate kneeling, but the seats on this boat were already a good three inches higher than those of any boat I have recent experience with, so it seemed natural to lower the front edge instead. That took a bunch of time since I had to build my own seat hangers, which seems easy enough except it required building a special jig so that holes drilled from end to end would be true, and would meet in the middle when drilled from opposite ends, and since no one builds hanger bolts long enough for the lowered front seat edge I had to build my own bolts from threaded rod, complete with completely home-made oval countersunk heads to fit the shape of the gunwale-hole recesses. Tonight I finished all the basics (still need some minor re-shaping of the wood that was oversized in cross section), and I set it outside in the grass and sat inside, … And I think the gunwales are too high! Methinks that raising the back edge of the seat instead of lowering the front edge is what I should have done from the start, but I suppose I’ll try it on the water first, just to make sure. Dope-slap time: Raising the rear edge would have required less than 1/100th the amount of time and effort in this case as lowering the front edge.
Anyone have experience with providing sloped seats in a boat of this type? I did NOT see this potential problem coming.