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Valley replacement seat

What's the best option for replacing a Valley (Nordkapp) seat? I don't mind the factory seat from a comfort point of view but the way it is hanging from the underside of the deck does not promote a long (seat) life. It looks impossible to support it properly from the bottom while having it bolted to the deck. An option would be to attach the original seat to the hull and leave space to the deck. Has this been tried? (I like the seat attached to the coming as seen on my slightly older Aquanaut better.)

The other apparently more common option is to replace it with a foam seat attached directly to the hull. If so would it be necessary to purchase a Nordkapp specific seat or would it be possible to spend less and get a more generic seat from CLC or perhaps other outlets? I don't mind spending more as long as there is more value. While a low CG inducing foam seat may be great for stability, should one be concerned with the lower seating position with respect to hip-snaps or even when providing a little "tilt" for general paddling? A foam seat would also necessitate a separately attached back-band. I would greatly appreciate advice here as well.

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