Seats & Rudders
Posted by: Dilligaf0220 on Feb-14-14 1:41 PM (EST)
I actually like the stock bucket, so much that I don't use a buttpad. And I am in the boat for six or seven hours at a stretch. I paddled tandem's solo for decades, and was a habitual paddle on one side kneeling paddler that had some habits to break. I've only been using "American style" solo's fulltime for the last two seasons, though I've rented, demo'd & tripped with just about everything out there. I still mostly paddle the Canak with an Ottertail & inwater recovery, mostly because the fishing rods get in the way of sit'n'switching.
I can see the pro's to having a rudder, but I really don't want an extra 5lbs of crap hung all the out at the ends, plus it's not really needed, not to mention I already spend enough time untangled lines off rudder's from the yak guys I fish with. I know for sure I'd end up with an angry salmon wrapping my line around a rudder.
I did stumble onto another Canak benefit farting around a creek, it is almost impossible to turtle. I was trying to see how hard it would be to blow off the hatch covers, and found that the curved deck wouldn't let the boat sit flat, and flipping it back upright only left an inch or two of water inside, and making a wet entry from behind the cockpit wasn't hard at all. I felt a lot easier about going miles offshore after that. I never was able to blow the covers either, and leave them on cartopping all summer long.
Haa haa and not insulted by any misconceptions about the Canak. There's so little info out there from actual owners sometimes I feel like a one person Canak spokesman. I wonder if I can get a discount on a paddle or some sponsorship for a kayak fishing tourney from Wenonah? Haa haa.
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