What is the purpose of a keel on a canoe?
Beginner Sailing. The keel is basically a flat blade sticking down into the water from a sailboat’s bottom. It has two functions: it prevents the boat from being blown sideways by the wind, and it holds the ballast that keeps the boat right-side up.
No keel should be needed (most flat-bottomed boats have no keel). The chines are utilized for tracking the boat through the water.
A keel guard provides added protection to the keel of your kayak or canoe. The keel of your vessel is the point underneath the bow and stern that runs along the center of your hull.
Why is my canoe Tippy?
Some canoes are prone to tipping because they have a narrow structure or a rounded hull, leading to less primary stability. This “tipping” effect can be exaggerated if the weight of the gear or paddlers is unequally distributed. Though, most canoeing instability issues are due to paddling mistakes.
Is a keel guard worth it?
The short answer is yes, a keel guard is absolutely worth the money for almost all boats. They really don’t cost that much and they can provide important protection against damage to your boat.