as the stern is farther from the center of rotation. But to steer from the stern only is folly. Its like steering a loaded shopping cart backward. Go to a crowded supermarket and see how precise your steering is when the rotating wheels are at your end. Now imagine how much better it would be if the wider end of the cart had casters too.
In moving water the stern sets the overall course. The bow paddler adjusts for rock avoidance with draws and cross draws. If the bow paddler does some quick powerful draw strokes, the stern obeys and does a corresponding draw of cross draw to keep the boat in line straight down the river. Sideways is rarely good in a touring situation.
So the bow is in charge at times and the stern should not quibble.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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