Greetings fellow Wet-tails;
I too got sick of sitting in a hipbath, though fortunately for me the water in Darwin Australia is almost body temperature. I screwed a plastic garden chair to a couple of prepared planks and set my supplied Hobie seat on top of that. Advantages are; 1. It steers better 2. I am now sitting higher and a little further back ...that results inthe centre of gravity moving aft, so even in rough windy conditions running with or pounding into waves to 3-5 feet, the bow and akas ride the waves instead of submarining. 3. I do still get a bit wet especially pounding into short steep waves, but my tail end is not becoming pickled in salt water.
Disadvantages are; 1. I have the pedals set on the first position and only being 5'7" I can only just get full strokes in if pedal power is required. 2. Though steering with my foot was quite satisfacory, it was inconveniet if I had to pedal. To overcome this I rigged up a steering line which works well, but interferes when I paddle onto the beach after retracting the Mirage Drive. I would supply piccies here, but not being too CP savvy, despite asking , I still cannot work out how to set them into this page.
Although the AI is already a fun boat to play with, it seem a higher seat moved a little aft turns the AI into a quite different and surprisingly pleasant boat.
If it ain't broke...modify it anyway!