Skeg, keel, strake on HC12

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Skeg, keel, strake on HC12

Post by bigyellowtractor » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:09 am

Looking for some advice...............

My little HC12 generally tracks reasonably well but up to now, I have only used it on a banked and tree-sheltered canal.

The other day, I came out onto an open flash with a couple of miles of open ground from whence the wind came (the flash is at the end of an airport runway) and did struggle a bit to make way. I ended up having to paddle quite hard into the wind otherwise I just got blown sideways.

Would a strip of something running full length of the flat bottom panel help ?

I notice that plastic canoes have ridges molded into them. I realise that part of their task is to add rigidity but wondered if that would help with "side-slip" I'll call it.

Any thoughts ??



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Re: Skeg, keel, strake on HC12

Post by pee wee » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:22 am

Yes, a strip up to 1" thick would definitely help keep the canoe traveling in a straight line, gliding on course as you paddle. Given a good wind you'll still be pushed wherever the wind blows, but it will help.
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Re: Skeg, keel, strake on HC12

Post by bigyellowtractor » Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:35 am

Thanks for the reply Hank.

I might stick something on with carpet tape to see how much difference it makes

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Re: Skeg, keel, strake on HC12

Post by pee wee » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:42 am

If it's just one person in the canoe sitting in the rear, I don't think any reasonably sized keel will help much when the wind blows from the side.
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Re: Skeg, keel, strake on HC12

Post by bigyellowtractor » Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:41 pm

I've fitted the seats asymmetrically, so when it's just me and a bit of gear, the boat trims reasonably level.

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