I’m in the process of building a new seat for my P&H Outlander since the factory seat is a bit too narrow for me and rubs against my hips too much for any extended paddling of 30 minutes or more. Btw, the Outlander is for sale in the classified section if someone wants it, as I think I want a larger cockpit in the long term, but in the meant time I want to get the most out of this great boat, in terms of learning to handle it.
What I’ve done so far is take out the original suspended seat (an easy two bolts removal) and I shaped-up a foam seat. The problem with the foam seat is that it is not deep enough and I tend to slide off its back towards the rear of the cockpit and find it too tyring to maintain good erect posture for long. There is no back support. The original seat had deep areas for my seat bones and thus pushed me forward pretty well and back support was not really needed (in fact it felt good not to have back support as I could rotate better).
So, my question is, based on your experience, should :
- build the foam seat with additional foam to provide support to my butt similar to the old seat? Just 3-4 inches on the rear but below my lower back.
- should I add a relatively low backband to keep me in position and keep the seat low profile?
- build a foam back support? I’m not convinced a foam back support is a very good idea, because I suspect it would interfere with my upcoming learning to roll attempts much like a recreational kayak’s stiff back does.