Call them canoe chairs or camp chairs, sitting in one of these lightweight, portable alternatives may change your mind about what’s possible in simple comfort on your skiff.
I first discovered canoe chairs when a client of mine with back problems asked if I had anything better than a stiff cooler-top cushion. Having just returned from camping in southern Montana, the pleasure of my Therm-a-Rest chair kits was fresh in my mind. As an experiment, I brought one on board. From that day forth, this client and several others insisted on this alternative. And though I prefer to stand up while running, the cushioned canoe chair always beckons, and provides a nice break when running miles across open water.
The advantages of a canoe chair are many, but chief among them are back support and simplicity. There’s nothing like “stretching out” in a flexible chair during a midday break. And most canoe chairs can be easily folded up and stored or taken out of the boat. They’re maintenance-free (a phrase I’ve learned to love).
The one disadvantage of a canoe chair is that they tend to blow out of the boat. This can be remedied by getting into the habit of sliding them into the cockpit or rear storage area while fishing, and remembering not to stand up while running.