Skeg needed for Ches. 18?

Posted by Ted on Mar 14, 2006

I getting to the point where I have to choose to install a skeg or rudder or nothing on my Ches. 18. I've built it with 1/2 inch higher freeboard to give me a bit more capacity. I am a really big guy who will be paddling on the Great Lakes. I installed a Feathercraft double rudder on the Cape Charles 18 that I built years ago and I never really liked it. I always felt more stable with the rudder up. ( I never really felt at ease in the Cape Charles).

So what does everyone think, skeg, nothing or use the rudder off the Cape Charles. Thanks for the help. Ted