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It's no secret that everyone's, um, tush is different, so here are three ways anyone can get a well padded and comfortable seat.
Method 1 - Cut two layers of 1/2" or 3/4" closed cell foam to the size of your kayak seat. The type of Airex foam used in boat cushions or Minicel foam is best; Ensolite foam (sleeping bag pads) is not as good. Cut two holes in the bottom layer to match your tush, then glue the top uncut layer over it with contact cement, making a tractor seat shape. Glue the pad into your kayak. You may also want to make pads for your hipbraces and backrest.
Method 2 - Get a block of 3-inch thick Minicel foam and cut it to the shape of your kayak seat with a jigsaw. Fit the most aggressive sanding disc you can find (like 36-grit) to your drill, sander, or angle grinder. Sand out two scoops in the shape of a tractor seat in the foam block. Check the shape against your bottom. Glue the block into your kayak.
Method 3 - The best and fastest way to a comfortable seat is to buy a good pre-made seat unit such as a Creature Comfort seat. These are not cheap, but they are highly adjustable, very comfortable, and look real neat.