Many years ago I built two Pigmy kayaks, Coho and Arctic Tern 14. My wife and I use them as very casual, recreational paddlers. I got the bug to build something with strips, but chickened out on a full boat, so I got a Hybrid Shearwater 16 kit from CLC. I see that they sell as an option on many, (but not all of their boats?) a retractable skeg. We are probably too inexpert paddlers to notice, but we don't seem to need them on our existing Pigmy boats. Is there anything about the design of the S&G Shearwater hull that requires or recommends adding the skeg?
Thanks very much. On the subject of CLC, they are cutting kits for Dudley Dix Yacht Designs, and I bought one of their kits for his Argie 15, a15 and a half foot sailing dinghy. That is going on in the barn, because I would not be able to remove it from the basement like the kayaks. So it is waiting for the weather here in NW Vermont to warm up. My basement, at 59 degrees requires extra time before sanding epoxy.
Best wishes to all for the holidays,