I have a 16ft landau jon boat. The boat works great for what I use it for but I have one problem with it. The rear seat is the normal bench type and is about 18" wide. It seems to me like the seat is to far forward of the transom. I have to use a tiller extension handle to be somewhat comfortable while steering the motor (tiller steering). I don't much care for the extension handle at all because it flexes and seems like it might come loose. I've been thinking of removing the whole rear bench and building two new seats that would be on each side of the boat in the rear. With the center just being the floor. I know this idea would be way more comfortable for me but I was just concerned about removing the bench. The seat is actually a structural part of the boat so if I take it out I will have to build something that will keep the boat ridgid. I know i've seen boats with rear benches on both sides and nothing in the middle but how do they keep the boat from flexing? I'd also like to build a baitwell into one of the benches using a 5 gallon bucket that will be in the seat. I have a full fab/welding shop that I own so anything can be made, i'm just not sure how to keep the strength in the boat if I do this. Any other options????