Scenario: Ross Lake, Washington, winds from the south end of the lake, 10mph ish with some higher gusts, choppy water as we were closer to the north end of the lake and wave energy had a long time to build given the distance travelled along the lake before reaching us. Run on sentence I know. Boat fully loaded.
I wanted to travel in a northwest direction but the wind/wave action kept pushing my bow to the left into the wind! Or was it pushing my stern? Net result is boat was always turning left. I did a 30 minute crossing and had to paddle on my left side exclusively at least 20 minutes of that time and still was only able to travel in a westerly direction.
My tendency is to blame the design of the boat but my intellect says it was my paddling/boat handling. That being said, does the hull shape contribute to this behavior?
The Boat: Point 65° North, Whiskey 16 composite, skeg. Designed by Nigel Foster. http://www.nigelfosterdesigns.com/852/873.html