Uncomfortable seat - fix ideas?

Hi All,

I have a Necky Chatham 16 which I adore, but the seat is just uncomfortable for long paddles. I’ve tried putting a liter water bottle under my thighs to aliveate having my legs fall asleep and that seems to work, but I’m looking for an overall fix to make my boat more comfortable. Granted, it is a narrow boat, “comfortable” comes with a grain of salt…does anyone else have this issue and has found perhaps an aftermarket seat? Or just overall suggestion?


I replaced the seat in wife’s Aquanaut with a Bumfortable foam seat…it is really great. We added also some extra foam behind it to add a little more rigidity to the back so that the paddler’s back can’t rub against the coaming.

It is expensive compared to just shaping your own foam seat but the shape seems just perfect, so I ended up feeling that the cost was worth it.

Some more reviews here: http://www.paddling.net/Reviews/showReviews.html?prod=2487

magazine article
Issue #4 of California Kayaker Magazine had the first of two article on outfitting you boat, and that one focused on seats. Can be read online for free at http://www.calkayakermag.com/magazine.html. That article starts on page 12.

The next issue’s outfitting article is on footbeds.

kayak California
thanks for the resource. Also visit Wenonah Video on Utube.

I bought a Rendezvous now suffer from what maybe an age related problem, stiffing up. I’m oversized and over aged for the hull size.

I exercise and stretch solving cramps from cycling but not stiffness from kneeling in the R.

In a Grumman I could kneel forever covered in ice.

There’s a pedestal to install here maybe using the Wenonah Velcro mount method.

Try exercise and stretching every day and before and after canoeing. During breaks onshore. Stretch out legs and drift for a few minutes every chance available.

You might try pulling footpegs back
a click.