# Is dipping your hand in the water on foreward strokes poor form?

My eyes are. Math not bad either, good enough to bid on millions of dollars in masonry and do millions in masonry.

Your’s is better measuring though, measuring and comparing routes to the hundreds of a minute with devastating conclusions.

I could pull a center line on the hull and measure what one inch side to side is in degrees but I have other things planned.

Or I could pull a line 18’-10 and measure 1" then measure the degrees.

I can’t, but what I do works for me, even if it slows my progress. I have enough to satisfy my quest for speed. After all, I don’t race.

One inch would work out to be about 1/2 degree.

Now you want to know how I came up with that estimate, right. You said the boat is 18’10", but the length you should use is from the center of mass to the tip of the bow. Unless you are very light, compared to the kayak, that center will be about your center. I assumed that, as in most kayaks, you set a little bit forward of half the length of the kayak, so I used 9 feet as the distance. The perimeter of a 9 foot circle is about 678 inches. Which works out to just under 2 inches per degree. So one inch would be about 1/2 degree. That should be close enough for what you are discussing.

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So I go like an ARROWHEAD