I’ve read some of the past postings regarding having/not a skeg. Actually a rudder sounds more intriguing to me. Reasonable to say that much of the paddling we will be doing will have a bit “wind effect”. There is almost always a breeze in the UP, at least where we are.
There are 2 thing that we know
— the outfitter we would be purchasing from sells Wilderness Systems products. This local business is quite involved with promoting the area , so we are going to support them whenever we can vs going to a “box/chain” store.
— probably limited to 10-11 ft, so that we can load into the back of the van vs trying to put on the roof rack. We are almost to medicare age so we make certain concessions to the ageing process.