Is it hard to steer a kayak?
Effective kayaking is much more than just making simple forward strokes. In fact, once out on the water, you will face a variety of challenges requiring different skills. You will need to have the ability to steer a kayak seamlessly using a paddle.
Who steers in a kayak?
To paddle a tandem kayak is to be constrained by the abilities of the least experienced paddler. It is most effective to simply match that cadence. The stern paddler also steers the kayak. Two people trying to steer a tandem kayak is a recipe for absolute misery.
Is a wider kayak more stable?
A wider kayak will be more stable than a narrow one. Conversely, a narrow kayak is usually more efficient than a wide one. A wider kayak may provide more stability for both heavier paddlers and tall paddlers with a higher center of gravity. A wider kayak will also enable a paddler to spread their legs out more.
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.
Is a kayak rudder worth it?
A rudder gives you the ability to ‘crab’ to the wind, meaning that you turn the rudder to counter the winds push on the kayak. This allows you to paddle with normal strokes versus multiple strokes on one side of the kayak to correct for the wind thereby allowing you to maintain your momentum, making you more efficient.