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    They should have the backrest built in on the plastic seat versions. If it is the wood and web seats you can add a backrest to those. A cooler is a good option for seating in the middle
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    Quote Originally Posted by scout-j-m View Post
    I have another follow up question if anyone can help. I looked for used Guide series online and there were a good bit available in the $300-400 range. I noticed most of them had what looked like plastic molded front and rear bench type seats (no backrest). Can you buy add-on or aftermarket seats that are padded with back support to fit these? Also, what could be the solution for a center seat for a third passenger, assuming its a smaller child? Simply a cooler or something to sit on or are there other options available?

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    I’ve never been in the one you speak of. I have, however, spent a lot of hours in Grumman aluminums of different lengths. My last was a 15’ and if I had better shoulders, I would still have it. Flat bottoms make them very stable and I found them plenty wide enough. I faced backwards in the front seat on a throwable cushion to raise the seat to the level of the cross brace. I’ve seen them from 12 or 13’ all the way to the freighter which is 19’ and built for the task it implies. Just some input. You can’t hurt the things and they aren’t heavy but I have Arthur in my shoulders and they don’t work so hot over shoulder high.
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    The old towns are pretty heavy. I built a hitch rack to haul it on above the roof and bed to my Tacoma. Pretty heavy and awkward to do. Much easier on a trailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skeetbum View Post
    Iíve never been in the one you speak of. I have, however, spent a lot of hours in Grumman aluminums of different lengths. My last was a 15í and if I had better shoulders, I would still have it. Flat bottoms make them very stable and I found them plenty wide enough. I faced backwards in the front seat on a throwable cushion to raise the seat to the level of the cross brace. Iíve seen them from 12 or 13í all the way to the freighter which is 19í and built for the task it implies. Just some input. You canít hurt the things and they arenít heavy but I have Arthur in my shoulders and they donít work so hot over shoulder high.
    I like the aluminum ones too. I imagine they would be a fair amount lighter and would also store well upside down outside.

    Quote Originally Posted by DockShootinJack View Post
    The old towns are pretty heavy. I built a hitch rack to haul it on above the roof and bed to my Tacoma. Pretty heavy and awkward to do. Much easier on a trailer.
    I haven't put too much thought into transportation. I imagine I would mostly do paddle trips where I would need a drop off and pickup vehicle so I need to think about that part. I have an ext cab silverado with 6.5' bed which is 8' with the tailgate down. I can make it work without too much trouble - but a second transportation vehicle would require a rooftop setup on my wifes Honda pilot. I wish I had a small light duty utility trailer. I have an 18ft equipment hauler but that may be overkill lol.

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    Not to bad to load with help. Not so much fun to wrestle by yourself
    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout-j-m View Post
    I have an ext cab silverado with 6.5' bed which is 8' with the tailgate down.
    I also have a Silverado ext cab - but mine also has a big toolbox making the 6.5' bed even shorter. When I had that same Saranac to haul, I used a set of "bunks" that I made up. I took 2 10' 2x4s and screwed a couple of shorter 2x4s (maybe 18" long) crossways so that it looked like a railroad track. I would slide the tips of that track under the tool box and then put the canoe on top of it. Worked like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoyleAlley View Post
    I also have a Silverado ext cab - but mine also has a big toolbox making the 6.5' bed even shorter. When I had that same Saranac to haul, I used a set of "bunks" that I made up. I took 2 10' 2x4s and screwed a couple of shorter 2x4s (maybe 18" long) crossways so that it looked like a railroad track. I would slide the tips of that track under the tool box and then put the canoe on top of it. Worked like a charm.
    I have a similar toolbox, although not currently installed. Was deep and could only slide one 2x4 under it. Sounds like I could do the same thing you did if I ever put it back in.

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    Found a photo of the setup I built Name:  IMG_20170531_134946120_HDR.jpg
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    :I would like to thank the builders of docks for giving me a place to fish and lose tackle
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