I have a full 1" lake keel on my 17' wooden Old Town OTCA. It's very easy to turn with a modest heel, which raises the keel out of the water.
The keel probably inhibits sideslips more than turning, but I think it's an advantage for straight ahead lake paddling, which is what you do 99% of the time on lakes.
If you really hate a T keel on an aluminum canoe, I suppose you could just grind it off with some sort of power tool.
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