I wonder if experienced floaters favor a downstream or upstream ferry angle to avoid hazards when rafting rivers? I'm in a larger cataraft really intended for river float/hunt trips.
On the Upper Kenai yesterday, an experienced rafting friend suggested trying downstream ferry angles (paddling downstream at an angle) for moving away from certain hazards. I had used upstream ferry angles to move away from hazards almost always before. The downstream momentum seemed to improve lateral movement except in 1 (OK, 2) cases where collision was almost imminent.
It was interesting - Dave also suggested rowing my 18ft cataraft into eddies - techniques I'd read about for kayaks/canoes, but hadn't considered applying to this raft. It wasn't pretty, but stripped for a day trip, the raft handling was more manageable than I'd expected.
Practicing ferry angles and eddying out were good practice. Beautiful day.