Can I kayak without a skeg?
Skegs are used only to assist in the tracking of a kayak.
When the skeg is no longer needed, it can be raised back up inside the boat and has no effect on the performance of the kayak.
What does a skeg on a kayak do?
A rudder blade deflects water in a particular direction, causing the boat to turn; a skeg creates resistance to the turning affect caused by the wind and causes the boat to go straight. In both cases, the devices are being used to make a boat track straight when the wind is trying to make the boat turn.
What is a removable skeg?
While in whitewater the trick to keeping the kayak in the right place is in the technique of the stroke. If your inflatable kayak has a removable skeg that means that it can be used for flatwater paddling (with the skeg) or for whitewater (without the skeg).
How do I make my kayak track straight?
Deploy the skeg or rudder when winds are pushing the kayak from the rear. Tail winds push the kayak around, making it hard to track and stay in a straight line. Push the rudder slightly to the opposite side the kayak is being blown. Use slight paddle strokes opposite the rudder to maintain an even track on the water.
A rudder is a long, narrow fin-like blade that extends down into the water off the stern end of a kayak.
Do inflatable kayaks pop easily?
Ever wonder if inflatable kayaks puncture or pop easily? Quality inflatable kayaks don’t pop easily nor do inflatable kayaks tear or puncture easily. The durable materials and manufacturing processes used in developing inflatable boats yield high-quality kayaks that are resistant to punctures or tears.