Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt positions

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Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt positions

Post by dirknibleck » Tue May 10, 2016 3:11 pm

Has anyone seen something like this? I'd like to mount my canoe seat in such a way that it has preferred positions for seating and kneeling, and I'm not sure how to go about it. I'm considering hanging or mounting a rail that has slots routed into it and setting roto-hinges into the seat arms.

Thoughts? Is this a crazy thing to consider in the first place?

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Jim Dodd » Tue May 10, 2016 8:41 pm

I just paddled a friends canoe, in which he built a pedestal seat.. If I kneel. I want to be able to exit without tangling my feet on the seat !

His pedestal seat was narrow, and yet comfortable, and it wouldn't tangle your feet. His seat slides, but doesn't tilt. It could be modified, but don't think it would be necessary.

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Jim Dodd » Tue May 10, 2016 8:44 pm

By the way, Welcome to the site !

And no questions are not crazy ! Always look before you leap !

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by dirknibleck » Thu May 12, 2016 11:06 am

Hi Jim,

Thanks for the welcome and the reply. Any thoughts on what I proposed? The biggest challenges I see to it are maintaining the condition of the roto hinges, and ensuring that the brackets remain stable.

Thanks,
Paul

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Jim Dodd » Thu May 12, 2016 2:02 pm

Are you needing just two positions ?

Hinges on the front, one on each side, and blocks on the back also attached by a hinge, either to the seat, or the bracket. From a lowered position, you would simply lift the back, and fold the hinged blocks on the rear, to wedge between the seat and hull bracket. To give you the desired angle. Pretty simple and straight forward. Maybe a bungee cord to keep it from rattling during trans port.

A picture would help I know. Right now it's just in my head.

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Cruiser » Thu May 12, 2016 9:37 pm

Maybe a sketch?

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Jim Dodd » Thu May 12, 2016 10:00 pm

OK Cruiser

Image

I just drew this out on a Post it Note, and snapped a pic on my mouse pad.
I know it's VERY CRUDE, but you asked for it !
This would be a cross section view. The left side is the front. The black box is the spacer. The round holes, are the hinge pivots. The small rectangulars are the hinge arms ?

AGAIN ! this is very crude, but I hope you get my idea from this !

OH there is a flaw in the back hinge arm ! Can you spot it ?

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by dirknibleck » Fri May 13, 2016 8:42 am

Yes, I'm just looking for two positions. Hinges make a lot of sense! Thanks! I think I was over complicating it...

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Cruiser » Fri May 13, 2016 7:32 pm

That's easy Jim, the spacer block orientation isn't consistent.

I have to ponder some, but this just seems more complicated than it needs to be.




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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Morecowbell » Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:39 am

Just came back from 6 days in the Quetico and came to the board to post this question! Getting to and from the ranger station from Hook Island was a haul, headwinds on the way out and crosswinds on the way back, and just the general back strain of the trip makes inquiring minds wonder about the alternatives to the sitting position. It seems that the kneeling position has some advantages - lower center of gravity, better leverage and less back strain - ? Neither my back or knees are what they were, so probably a pick your poison choice for me! But going to check on the pedestal seat concept.

Another thought would be this product, designed for baseball catchers: https://www.amazon.com/Easton-A165118-K ... B000F4EBAQ

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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Patricks Dad » Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:19 pm

I always bring a long a backrest for my canoeseat. There are lots of choices out there:

https://www.google.com/search?q=canoe+s ... 5ZCXamM%3A

I use a seat cushion / backrest combo that is easily removable so it can double as a camp chair on the ground affording the same back support in the evening.

shifting positions often also helps.
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Re: Canoe seat mounting that allows for different tilt posit

Post by Trailguide Pictures » Sat Sep 24, 2016 8:50 am

Hi,

Adding a tilt to the rear seat is a great idea. I've added a bit of an angle to my own for a while now.

I got the idea from a meditation bench (years ago). The meditation bench was angled and when kneeling it felt perfect. I can compare it to those weird ergonomic chairs. The angle sort of allows the lower back to maintain a proper position. Of course with a canoe seat you can't have too much of an angle or you won't have enough room for your legs to slide underneath the seat. Still, I've found that even with a slight tilt the seat is more comfortable.

You can only do this with the rear seat though because if you end up going solo and sit in the front seat of the canoe your tilted seat will be facing the wrong way.

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