Canadian Canoe Routes

Solo seat & yoke
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Author:  Paddle Power [ May 6th, 2018, 5:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Solo seat & yoke

It’s been long established that canoes are easy to portage by solo carrying them via the centre yoke.

For solo canoes, this is usually done with a removable yoke. The key is compatibility—the positions and heights of the seat and yoke need to allow the yoke to function as designed, i.e. room for your head.

Another option, especially for solo tripping canoes where gear can be used to trim the canoe, the solo seat can be positioned aft of centre to accommodate the centre yoke. When kneeling your knees are under the yoke so the seat is close enough to the midpoint of the canoe length. A permanent yoke is convenient.

So solo whitewater boats that are outfitted with foam saddles instead of seats portaging is often accomplished by carrying the canoe via a gunwale on your shoulder or saddle on forehead or side of saddle on one shoulder. This works well for short (light) boats and short distances. Side of saddle on one shoulder works better with bulkheads than thigh straps outfitting.

What works for longer or heavier solo whitewater canoes used for self supported wilderness whitewater trips (longer or rugged portages)?

I’m curious about the Kruger canoe seat that into a yoke. Any DIY versions?

Another canoe seat that flips into a yoke is the Spring Creek Manufacturing canoe seat yoke. See ... seat-yoke/
Anyone tried it? Not wanting to be gimmicky but I’m wondering if this product could be mounted behind the saddle and this flipped forward into place for portaging by a hinge movement?

Author:  shearjoy [ May 9th, 2018, 8:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Solo seat & yoke

I have solved that problem by having no seat and just kneeling. I use a regular deep dish wooden yoke and just flip it over to use as a kneeling thwart.


It hangs on two brass rods on each side, that sit on notched wooden inwales bolted to the integrated gunnels. A long bungee cord (yellow in the pics) holds the yoke in the carrying position as I flip the canoe up onto my shoulders. This system works because I am tall, so the kneeling thwart at the gunnel height is comfortable for me. It is very easy to move the kneeling thwart forward or back to change the trim of the boat when going up or down wind or current. It is also easy to move the carrying yoke forward or back to achieve balance if I have gear tied into the bow or stern.

Author:  Paddle Power [ May 11th, 2018, 12:38 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Solo seat & yoke

Thanks shearjoy—It sounds like a great set up for you.

Is it held in place by friction and the bungee cord?

Does it sit level in both positions or tilted as a kneeling thwart?

Author:  daypaddler [ May 12th, 2018, 12:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Solo seat & yoke

Very practical and creative setup shearjoy! Is that an Osprey? Looks like you have cleverly bent the metal rods to give the tilt when kneeling.

Hey paddle power, there's always the seat/yoke combo if you can give up the saddle. Or maybe a strap yoke using a wide tie down strap around the middle of boat or a 3-4" strap (with buckle) permanently attached to gunwales in a spot where you can still get your head around the pedestal? Or a removable pedestal?

Author:  Paddle Power [ May 12th, 2018, 9:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Solo seat & yoke

Thanks—both good ideas.

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