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    I was wondering if anyone has tried one of the foot operated rudders usually found on kayaks. I noticed that it is now an option for some solo canoes. Does it make a huge difference when paddling alone? help to track better in wind? pros or cons, thoughts, opinions and jokes welcome!

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    I have a rudder on my Kruger Seawind canoe and am very happy with it. Wind has much less effect as the rudder keeps the boat tracking the way you want it. You can paddle on one side as long as you want. I probably switch after 30-60 strokes. In my other solo canoe, I'm switching every 3-4 strokes. Downside is it adds some weight and you gotta be careful in shallow rocky rivers not to drift sideways.

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    good points. thanks BeaV and congrats to you and welcome back!

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