I'm new to the forum. I'm thinking to build a Night Heron high deck. I live in Ventura County, Ca, which is north of Los Angeles. I live within an hour's drive of some great surfing spots. Typically the surfers go out in the early morning when the water's calm before the wind come up. Sometime in the mid morning, the winds start to blow out the waves and usually by noon it can get pretty windy and rough. (Our waters are famous for shipwrecks.) There is a steady current coming down the coastline, so I will always paddle up the coast into the wind and current at the start of my paddle.
There are two marinas I can easily paddle from as well as a number of places where I can do a beach launch into surf. I'm thinking my typical kayak trip would involve going out early in the morning for an hour or two and heading in if the wind and waves start to get blown out. My concern is this...when I tried out the Night Heron during CLC's recent visit to Newport Beach, I found that when I ventured out into a spot where the tide was running in and it was a little windy, the kayak wanted to track to one side or another. As I think all of this over, I'm a little worried I might have trouble paddling downwind in a current back to where I started.
Does anyone have experience with these conditions? I've seen one forum entry on "weathercocking" that suggests moving the seat or adding a skeg can help. The Night Heron seems like the perfect kayak for our conditions, but I haven't purchased the kit yet to there's still time to consider another kayak.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks.