Congratulations, it looks great! My wife and I are thinking about replacing our old Bell Northwind with a Northstar Seliga. My only concern has been my wish to occasionally use it solo for day trips. I'd love to hear how it works for you when you use it solo.
Yes I do Glenn. I use that foam on the bow seat of my 18' OT Guide to get me at the same hight as the thwart. In the Seliga the foam gets me within an inch of the gunnel and I can comfortably paddle with my legs over the thwart. Even though the rails are very stiff on this boat I doubt I will remove the thwart. I have done that on other boats but I prefer to raise the seat to the gunnels to accomplish the same thing. I doubt I will do that on this boat though because of its' extra depth and rounded bottom.