I’m recently back from 4 days/3 nights on Georgian Bay/Massasauga PP. We had a lovely time - a bit of wind, some rain, and a bright blue sky day. We camped two nights on Sharpe Island and the last night just inside of Blackstone. I haven’t spent much time paddling a loaded kayak mostly empty or lightly loaded. I found myself having to put effort in maintain a course especially downwind with the chop and wind coming from the left quarter. Edging didn’t seem to do enough and, downwind, I would often use a stern rudder with a pry kick on the right. And yes, that slows me down. Much of the time I would have my right knee in the thigh brace while my left leg was flat. The steeper the chop the less edge I was comfortable to hold. Any suggestions on what else might have been useful to maintain a course?
Specifics: I’m ~ 5’ 8.5" weigh ~175. The kayak is a 17’ Pygmy Arctic Tern - hard chined, deep and slab sided. There is no rudder or skeg. I have replaced the Pygmy outfitting with a carved foam seat and an IR backband. I’m sure that I was stern heavy but given the difference in volume and hatch size stern to bow I’m not sure how else I would pack 55 lb of stuff. Forcast winds were in the 10 - 20 MPH range. Going out - into the wind - there were gusts into the upper range The chop was maybe in the 10" to 15" range at a guess with some whitecaps. coming back with the wind and chop to the stern I’d say closer to 10 MPH with 8" - 12" chop.