What is the point of a rudder on a kayak?
Believe it or not, the main purpose of rudders or skegs isn’t to turn a kayak, it’s to keep a kayak running straight when you’re paddling with a crosswind. A kayak will naturally want to turn into the wind, something called weathercocking. A rudder or skeg is used to fight your kayak’s desire to do so.
A rudder is a long, narrow fin-like blade that extends down into the water off the stern end of a kayak.
Do kayak sails work?
Do Kayak Sails Really Work? Absolutely! They allow you to take advantage of the wind’s power and save energy when you need to. They also allow you to sail and paddle at the same time, which can get you moving even faster, even when the wind is light.