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I do think wenonah or any other canoe company should think about those of us that do inshore coastal trips. Kayaks are a PITA to load from chickee platforms and when there is no where to get out, being in a canoe allows a bit more freedom. The kayak is out of place in the backcountry. The canoe is far more practical. Our windswept bays and strong tidal rivers make paddling difficult. Huge pack loads that include all the water for your trip make a deck almost a necessity at the very least the first part of a trip. A decked canoe is a good compromise.
Have I ever needed a rudder? No. Would a rudder have made crossing a large bay with a beam wind easier? Yes. Would a rudder help control a drift while fishing? Yes
If there were decked canoes with rudders offered in the 15-16 foot range with weighing less than 45lbs in Kevlar/gelcoat we would have a winner, Krugers are prohibitively expensive and overbuilt for recreational use. Monarchs haven't been in production for decades. The Canak if tweaked could be a contender.
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