someone has a phone number for Horace Strong. Its best to ask the maker. Seems he is in Craftsbury Common and made about a hundred canoes. He may be able to tell you about that particular canoe for sale.
I was looking around for information on Horace Strong, these folks might help with your quest for information...
"Horace built canoes in courses at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont for several years, and then claimed to have built over 100 canoes, so I expect its really a larger number (that was 10 years ago - when I worked at LCMM - and although he always claimed he was done with building them, I kept hearing of others for some time). I haven't heard from Horace or Shirley for several years now, but trust they are still going strong (so to say). They have a serious commitment to Habitat for Humanity and have spent a lot of time traveling around the country building houses for other people. Horace also happens to be a very funny person, especially if you appreciate cornball humor. (Shirley is a saint!) Last but certainly not least, he builds a beautiful canoe. I hope they are both well and happy."
If it where my canoe, I would remove the thwart and the stern seat too. You have two good thwarts, plus those little grab handle thwarts so you have plenty of strength imo. A lighter piece of hardwood could be added as a mini thwart to the bow side of the stern seat bolt holes in the inwales if needed, but I doubt it.
Removing that seat would give you plenty of room and make it easier to trim the canoe with a load.
I guess the color isn't all that important, I just have a thing for green w/c canoes.