'13 Jackson Journey Kayak 13.5 with smart rudder.
A quick background. So far I haven’t taken a paddling class. With the crazy weather we’ve had recently, lakes are closed due to flooding (go figure) and weather is just nuts (I just got back from the rain cancelled IndyCar race. Get well soon Josef Newgarden!) with storms popping up everywhere. So most of my technique has come from books and online videos.
Well I love the speed of my Jackson and how quickly I can get it to turn. Now herein likes the problem. As I pick up speed, it eventually wants to track left OR right in a big bad way. So I am effectively paddling on one side. When I stop paddling, it goes into a left turn. Does not track straight WITHOUT the rudder deployed.
I’ve looked to see that there are no dents on the hull. Nothing sticking out. I hang it on a sling but I don’t see any warping. It was new when I bought it.
So here is what I’m thinking:
- Moderate to high rocker makes it easy to turn and susceptible wander while not paddling?
- Winds are typically 5-10 mph. Wind could be causing weather vaning
- Word on the street is that the Journey just wasn’t built for tracking like a Tsunami of the same length.
- Perhaps I’m leaning on one side more than the other and inducing a turn?
Take note. I am in no way disappointed in kayaking or this kayak. This thing puts a smile on my face. I love being out on the water so no worries there. I’m just a bit unsure as to what the cause is.
I’ve read some comments that it doesn’t track well. Others say that it does but need really good technique. I don’t know what really good technique is. So any help, tips, or suggestions would be appreciated. Even if it’s a “it’s a Journey, live with it” spurts thing is fine. I just want to make sure it isn’t me doing something wonky. Again, this is without the rudder deployed.