So, I’m about to start a new skin on frame kayak build, and I’m really fascinated with the Mackenzie River delta kayaks that the Inuvialuit built. I’ve never built one because money has been tight and I wasn’t sure if they would be a particularly useful rec boat. Then, I found a review of the Rockpool Taran 16, which seems to have a similar hull:
Reviewers say that the Taran is fast, with decent primary and secondary stability. Some also say that it doesn’t really need a rudder. This leaves me scratching my head a bit, because it’s a flat-bottomed hull. Everything that I’ve ever read about flat-bottomed hulls says that they are slower and have crappy secondary stability. I also wouldn’t expect a kayak with no central ridge on the underside to track very well in the ocean, but they say that it does just fine. These are hard-core kayakers praising this hull design. What in the Sam Hill is going on here? Lend me your expertise please.