Canoe seats are seats designed for canoes. They are usually installed to allow more people inside the boat, as most canoes already come with seats. Most canoe seats are designed to provide comfort and allow proper paddling posture. They come in several designs, from simple flat surfaces to fully cushioned chairs. Canoe seats are traditionally made of wood, although plastic and woven seats are also popular.
Types of Canoe Seats
Kinds of Canoe Seats include the following:
Bench-style canoe seats
Bench-style canoe seats have straight, flat bottoms and backrests. They are usually collapsible, with the seat and backrest folding into each other for easy storage. Some models have adjustable backrests.
Bucket-style canoe seats
Bucket-style canoe seats have deep seats and backrests designed to fit over the contours of the back. They are usually padded for comfort and protection against bumps and impact. They can also be folded up for storing.
Drop-in canoe seats
Drop-in bench seats consist of a small flat piece of wood or woven material supported on a frame. They are installed by simply fitting the seat into the canoe, with the ends of the frame resting on the rim. They usually do not have backrests. They are normally added to allow extra passengers, usually children.
Snap-in canoe seats
Snap-in bench seats are composed of flat seats with locking mechanisms on the side that snap into the canoe's rim. They are more secure and stable than drop-in bench seats. Most models have no backrests and are used to accommodate additional passengers.
Choosing Canoe Seats (Buying tips)
Comfort: Choose a canoe seat that is soft and comfortable to sit in. Look for one with padded bottoms and backrests. Make sure it provides adequate support and stability, especially during rough rides.
Weight: Make sure your canoe seat does not add unnecessary weight and affect the balance of your canoe. Look for one made of lightweight materials. Avoid seats with heavy wood or metal frames.