49737Gypsy won't track
- Jun 5, 2006I took my Gypsy out today for a couple of hours after work. The
wind didn't cooperate but I had a few moments (never enough).
Coming back to the dock I had to row it. I guess it is the river
current or wind or both but that boat will not go in a straight
line. I dug one oar in and then another trying to make it track.
I have read other posts that say you need a skeg to make it track.
I really don't see how a 4" - 5" skeg is going to keep this boat on
line. It spins in a 360 if you let it. The only way to stop it -
dig one oar in. Adding a skeg will mean putting a small false keel
behind the last bulkhead. I don't think that will look too good but
I know I can screw in a skeg to 1/4" plywood either.
I remember reading Payson's book that one of his buddies rowed a
Gypsy 100 miles in Maine. I wondered about that feat today when I
was trying to make 1/2 mile or less back to the boat dock - what a
struggle. Any ideas for an easy skeg for this boat will likely be
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