Hi, folks! I have finished my Guillemot style kayak and have just returned from a 13 mile round trip on the lake. Keep in mind that this is my first experience in a real kayak. I have a question for those in the know, especially with the Guillemot. A brief description of the conditions...I had a very light wind on the lake, which was almost non-existant. I noticed that while paddling, the kayak seemed to want to fishtail somewhat, even in dead calm waters. Even with an extremely light wind, the boat would want to wander off to one side. It seemed to act the same if it decided to go to port or starboard. Initially I thought it was trying to turn to the left or right, but I noticed that the bow would appear to be quiet in the water, and the stern would be making a little noise when it wandered, with turbulent water noticed on the following side from my seat back to the stern. I started watching the trees, and the boat seemed to be fishtailing because I would notice that I would still be going in the initial direction of travel, but the stern wanted to come around. It seemed to take a bit of effort to keep her straight. I think the light breeze may have played a part because it wanted to turn to starboard on the way out, and to port on the way back.
I know I had read somewhere that the boat wanted to wander until the paddler got used to it, and later it would seem to go in the direction the paddler was thinking.
I am an inexperience paddler, with a lot to learn. I was thinking maybe that was the main problem, which it probably is! Sometimes the boat would go straight for a while, then at other times it seemed to be a bear just to keep going in the same direction. I am thinking about putting in a skeg, but was curious as to whether or not things should get better with more paddling experience. Sorry about the long post, but I thought I would toss this out and see what may be the best answer...paddle more (which I am defenitely going to do) or go ahead with a skeg. Thanks!