I'm working on a Sassafras 16. I cannot decide on how I want to arrange the thwart with single paddleing in mind. I'd like to keep the "standard" seats in their normal places. I've played with "kneeling board" ideas with two thwarts, a kayak-type seat and backrest (I think it is far too big of a boat for that to work out.) and even the drop-in rowing unit. I was on the University crew for a year...really miss it and if this boat doesn't recieve a drop-in I'll be building another even sooner than I planned!
Basically I guess I'm asking how far off center you would feel comfortable placing the thwart. How do you get around carrying problems if you do move the thwart or use two thwarts to leave the center open? And for any general rigging advice for single-canoes.
I'm 6'2" 240#...which is why I didn't go with a 12'