Re: Chesapeake 16 Rudder

Posted by Tim Clark on Jul 4, 2007

There are two reasons for a rudder on a kayak. The first is to counteract weathercocking, when the rudder acts essentially as an adjustable skeg. The second is as a true rudder to change or set course.

For the first, a smaller rudder would suffice. For the second, you would want someting slightly larger.

It sounds like the "commecial" alternative would probably extend 8-9" below the waterline, which should be fine.

Hope this helps.

In Response to: Chesapeake 16 Rudder by Ian Colledge on Jul 4, 2007