A handy option for paddlers who intend to solo paddle regularly in their tandem canoe. Kneeling thwarts are installed in between the stern seat and the yoke of the canoe. The object of the kneeling thwart is to move the paddler’s weight towards the center of the boat to facilitate easier and more efficient solo paddling. The same effect can be achieved in symmetrically hulled canoes by paddling from the bow seat facing towards the stern of the boat. In asymmetrical models kneeling thwarts are the way to go.