Nova Craft Bob Special 15 - how different is the experience with and without keel?

I’ve been paddling a Nova Craft Bob Special 15 with the keel for a bit - mostly solo. I like the feel of the boat, but I’m wondering how much different the version without the keel would feel, particularly in a cross wind. The keel is a shallow “shoe” keel, less than an inch in depth and about 3 inches in width at the widest point.

Anyone paddled both who can provide some insight into the differences in handling?

I am not trying to ignite a keel v. no keel debate. Just trying to get a sense for the difference in this particular boat.

Thanks in advance.


Depends on how you use your boat. For lakes you might miss the keel. On rivers life is much better without it.