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||Posted: Nov. 04 2007,05:11
Learn How to Paddle - Buy a Disco - or, gulp, Rudderize!
Years ago I was anti-rudder, considering it a device designed to inhibit paddling skills, slow you down and cause problems when they fail or jam. These remain largely true, as many paddlers become rudder dependent.
We fail to learn and use the such techniques as shifting weight, leaning to the lee, shortening the windward paddle, using a lee side sweep, end of stroke adjustment, etc. Most new paddlers are never taught how to paddle effectively, and they don't. Most courses can be held without a rudder.
Then I discovered a few of my kayaks had WAY too much weather helm and really did require an occasional use of the rudder. Occasional. To wit: my Skua and Seda Revenge: for these two especially I found the rudder useful in windy passages and inlets.
When forced to.
Then I was blessed by Neptune with the Disco - a design that needs no stinkeen rudder! What a marvelous design - tracks true, drifts true, but turns when ya wanna. However I do realize that some kayakers persist in purchasing lesser designs - such as the above - for which a rudder might be considered.
Yes, it will help you track in the wind. And currents. And is particularly useful for some long controlled drifts down the mangroves or flats. And may help - but not nearly as much as a centerboard - for sailing.
So sure. Buy the dang thing, you'll like it. And start savin yer money for a Disco...
Edited by Capn Jimbo on Nov. 04 2007,05:55
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