The Harmony Roto Explorer Seat offers superb durability and surprising comfort. The seat bolts directly to the gunwale providing added stiffness to the canoe. The slightly dished seat is comfortable facing in either direction for fishing, conversation, or paddling solo.
I have ordered a number of various canoe seats, including the old town snap-in center seat, the Harmony cane seats, the black strap canoe seats and the harmony stern plastic seats for the 3 canoes that we have. I have been pleased with the cost, quality as well as in the promptness I received all of these items. I am actually using the 2 Harmony stern seats as swing set seats for my grandchildren. I needed a quality seat that could hold the weight of adults, be suitable for children, but that were light weight and comfortable. These seats work AWESOME!
I bought this to replace/install a missing bow seat in an old Old Town Tripper. The primary feature I liked was the ability to sit facing either forward or backward. The original Old Town seat is contoured for facing forward only. This Harmony seat was about 1" wider than where the original seat was located in the canoe. Unless I wanted the front paddler to sit another 6-9" further back, I had to cut it down to size. I was initially very nervous about sacrificing strength by cutting off the ends, but my fears were unfounded as the plastic roto mold material turned out to be at least 3/16" thick everywhere, and up to 1/4" thick in places. It's a similar material and thickness as used on plastic 55 gallon drums, and I know how strong they need to be to hold liquids and put up with rough handling by forktrucks. I further cut into the bottom ends by about 2" with a hacksaw to give my fingers room to hold washers and nuts, then drilled the tops of the seat as far apart as possible (frontmost and rearmost to minimize rocking), and mounted the seat using the same size hardware (Harmony Yoke and Thwart Hardware Kit - Aluminum) as I used for replacing the thwart and yoke. Opening up the bottom ends made it a lot easier to drill since I only had one drill hole to line up, and only one surface to secure to the canoe. This also meant I didn't have to hunt for extra-long screws to accommodate this fairly thick seat, and eliminated the question of how much the seat can/will/should compress without working loose prematurely or being crushed by the screws. My family members are all under 200lbs, so I have no concerns about strength even after cutting and trimming. I think it can still handle a 250lb person without much trouble - the rest of the seat construction is very sturdy and the plastic material is thicker than the original Old Town plastic seat. I would have given it 5 stars if there were better instructions, or if I didn't have to cut it down to size and worry about its carrying capacity. But as a DIY substitute it was perfect for me.