Dave Houser - Sea Kayaking
Sliding Seat
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Sliding Seat
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I wanted to easily adjust the weight trim of my kayak to select the amount it waethercocks into the wind. So I designed and built a sliding seat. It is easy to adjust so I can move it while on the water. Moving weight back decreases the weathercocking. I also lengthened the cockpit cutout to 33 inches long for easy butt first entry with my long legs. With just me in the kayak the seat location has settled at 3 inches behind the location shown on the CLC Ches 17 plans.


The sides of the sliding seat and the deep-carved minicell bottom eliminate the need for any hip pads.


The rear bolt is never tightened and laterally secures the rear of the sliding bucket. The front knob tightens to secure the seat from sliding with friction.

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