I bought a canoe. Had hole. Fixed hole. Broken bow seat. Help!!!
That’s a Coleman canoe or the generic equivalent. I would be shocked if you could order replacement parts anywhere, though these boats were dirt cheap and millions of them are laying around in people’s yards and garages, so perhaps with some searching you can find someone willing to part with theirs for not much $.
That said, here’s what I would do. I’d get some stainless steel strapping (“flat stock”) in roughly the same width as those cracked aluminum frame sections. You can get this at any hardware store. Pre-bend pieces of that flat stock to match the bend on the existing frame sections. Disconnect the existing frames from the rail of the boat and bolt the piece of flat stock on as a patch, and put it all back together. I’d overlap the patching piece all the way up to the top of the existing frame, so that where it bolts to the rail of the boat, the bolts go through the both the existing frame piece and the patch. It’ll be stronger than new. If you’re good at this kind of thing, you’ll have it done in half an hour. If you’re like me, it’ll take three-times that long.
Okay, here’s option #2. Ditch the original seat. Buy some aluminum angle stock, and bolt that to the inside of the hull at the same height you want your new seat to be (you’ll have one piece of angle stock on each side). The horizontal section of the angle stock that sticks out from the hull will be the platform to support your new seat. Go to Ed’s Canoe Parts online, and order a wood-framed seat that suits your fancy. Take that seat and cut the four individual frame sections that stick out sideways (two on each side) to the proper length so that the cut ends sit perfectly on the two pieces of angle stock that are attached to the hull. If you don’t mind mismatched seats, this is the better option. Or, avoid the mismatched issue and replace the rear seat too.
Just a hint. With wooden seats, the kind that have a bit of curvature built into them are mighty comfy - more than you might expect if you already think that seats with webbing won’t be as comfy as the padded seats you have now.
Here’s one more hint. The plastic hull of your canoe is extraordinarily flimsy (oh, it’s very tough in some ways, but it is very flexible). Therefore, choose a large size for you angle stock, like something that’s two inches wide, or better yet three inches if you can find it. because a broader area of attachment to the hull will be more stable once the weight of a person is on the seat.
Yeah. Fabricate or find someone who will for you.
You might try sitting on a cooler or something. I don’t know about safety and other considerations.
Btw… Those metal pipes along the bottom that make your boat more rigid also indicate its really really soft.
Consider buying another cheap kayak.