What did surprise me was that the thwart is not in the center, but set back a foot. Good for solo paddling from the center, but hard to carry!
Interesting that you bring that up...I've often wondered what on earth possessed them to place the thwart so far off location. It's virtually useless for carrying...and they are all built that way.
As long as I'm weighing in here, I'm puzzled by the survey options. The one that seems so obviously absent is Hell No!