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Re: Lake Paddling Conditions
In Response To: Lake Paddling Conditions ()

A maneuverable boat is probably your biggest asset here.

A strong-tracking boat that will not weathercock in ocean waves and swells will probably get pushed around a lot in confused seas. Skegs and rudders are probably useless, too.

Lots of rocker, and plenty of instinctive corrective strokes.

Yep.. Brace and boogie. Not sure about ballast--may help, or hurt you (or both). I think ballast increases the tracking of most boats, which would probably be detrimental in really confused chop. Of course, if the chop is less than 1-2', the tracking may help you. If you're in 3-4' stuff, I think maneuverability would be a greater asset. A more maneuverable boat will be easier to put back on course after you're pushed around.

Shawn

: I had one more question that I need help with. I am an experienced ocean
: paddler. The harbour here is chaos, just a confused pile of little choppy
: waves, in a freshwater setting. The city heats up, and meets cold air
: coming in, and creates a bubbly brew. Add boat traffic and prevailing
: winds, and you find yourself paddling without being able to read the
: waves. Yeah, you can brace and boogey, but are there tricks for dealing
: with inland waters, somewhat confused, other than powering through it and
: loading with ballast?

: Thanks again folks

: David