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

: I'm thoroughly confused: Your post said you are an experienced sea kayaker,
: yet the confused seas at a fresh water harbor are giving you concern?

: If the water is textured then best to loosen your hips and allow the boat to
: respond to he wavelets without effecting your upper body. If your boat is
: beamy then you really need to relax even more. A narrow boat will be less
: affected by the water surface but will require an active paddle for
: stability. Ballast is not the answer for any seakayaker that I have known.

: What boat are you paddling? How large are these confused waters?


Water conditions vary. Oceans have regular swells. I generally avoid confused seas and can do so with tide tables and nav maps. Lake water is lower density than ocean water, it behaves differently, and lake effects contribute to it. I paddle a Seaward Navigator; which isn't known for its manouverability, but I work with it. As for ballast, if you are paddling an empty large volume kayak your waterline is shifted upwards. The boats are designed to be paddled loaded and one way to simulate that for day paddles is to add about 8 litres of water to the holds, to bring the waterline where it was designed to be. I am taking novices out into this stuff, so I want input about how other kayakers read and work with confused chop. It is easy for me to do, but I want tips to pass on to new paddlers who won't be able to easily read the water.