I have 3 hard questions for you all. I just bought a used River runner Dimension, hdpe, 13 ft. No skeg. No rudder. I took it out for a quick trip by myself because I wanted to make sure I had installed the new seat correctly and the bungees and I didn’t want to delay anybody if I had to make corrections. Plus I wasn’t all together sure if it didn’t have a leak somewhere. It got great reviews on this site although not very many because it is a old kayak.
I went out inside the sea basin heading SW at Low tide, 20 mph winds. It was literally spinning my kayak around. If I fought hard enough I could get it to go straight into the wind for a couple of strokes, and then it would just get spun.
Why spin me around 180? why not just let me go into the wind? Could it be currents and Eddie’s in the sea basin?
How do I deal with this next time?
Should I add a skeg?