So I finally got my canoe on the water! Three years in the making and it held water! Thanks to all for the many bits of advice. I discovered a couple of things: 1. the stern seat is a bit high for my liking. I’d like to lower it. I assume I can find appropriate hardware from OT. 2. I need a portage yoke. This boat has gained weight! I’d bet it’s at 90 pounds by now. (16 foot Guide with about 3 gallons of finish and epoxy). Both thwarts are nowhere near the center. Should I just replace the bow thwart with a yoke near the center, or the stern one? And is there a rule of thumb as to where to get place it? Several inches back from center? Any help would be appreciated. (In the picture the roll of wrapping paper is at the center).