After 2 weeks of washing/waxing/patching/replacing deck lines, my new (old) boat was finally ready for the water so I took her out today on a large tidal river. Overall it was a lovely dip but there was a strong wind coming up the river off the ocean and the tide was low so I was scooping a lot of mud with my paddle. On to questions…
My feet and leg got tingly/went numb after 20-30 minutes. I stretched them out to wake them up periodically and they felt ok but when I got out of the boat after 90 minutes I felt very wobbly. I’m a bit worried that the boat might be too small. I got the foot pegs adjusted right (I think) but the top deck feels low, like my knees are squished down too far. I plan to take the thigh brace padding out but is there anything else I can do? There is no padding whatsoever on the seat and the sides hug my hips nicely. Would padding on the seat help? There’s no room for any on the sides.
I could not make this thing go straight to save my life. Heading out into the wind wasn’t too bad, but still rather zig zaggy in crosswinds and especially whenever the river or tide turned. But returning with the wind at my back…ooof. Despite using broad sweep strokes and getting as far on edge as I could, it still wouldn’t correct course. I was doing a lot of stern ruddering and then would over correct and the wind would knock me 90 degrees in the other direction. I was certainly taking the ‘scenic’ route from bank to bank lol. Is this a me problem? Is it the wind? Is it the boat? It doesn’t have a skeg or rudder. What can I do?
I have some paddling experience and have taken some classes on maneuvering (bracing/edging/etc) and rescues but I’m still very much a beginner and this is the first time I’ve ever been out on my own boat. So I’m all ears for any advice y’all are willing to send in my direction. Thanks for your help!