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  weather-cocking and bow
  Posted by: gstamer on Apr-06-13 9:20 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-06-13 12:31 PM EST --

weather-cocking is mainly the result of what happens *below* the waterline, not above it, so I doubt if this would make a real difference.

That said, since weather cocking is caused by the high pressure at the bow, when moving forward (visualize the bow of a tug-boat as it plows through the water), with wind from the side, one could speculate that a plumb bow or a Ulstein X-bow (inverted bow) might slightly increase weather-cocking because the bow is so solidly planted in the water (relative to the stern). Maybe a kayak designer will care to comment.

However, I can't say that I have noticed this to be true on the water, but, then again, all of my plumb bow kayaks have rudders.

Greg Stamer

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