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Posted by Jim E on Jan 11, 2007
Sculling with the rudder works (slowly) on monohulls that have some inertia (and big rudders) or a long keel. But lightweight boats like this one just wiggle when you waggle, without going forward much.
Steering might be a problem in paddling mode because it will be hard to get the speed high enough for the rudder to be effective. Normal kayaks sometimes have this problem in strong winds, which is one reason why beginning kayakers are urged not to depend on the rudder. You might find that you need to paddle from the amas in order to turn. Think of it as a super-extended sweep stroke.
In Response to: Re: Canoe Paddle hiking b by Camper on Jan 11, 2007