Many of the Innova boats are low-profile in design and present minimal area to the wind. For example, the Helios has been raced in 30-knot winds and 4-foot seas, and it actually performs better than some rigid kayaks in these windy, rough conditions when loaded and trimmed properly. If you are paddling a Helios solo in a crosswind, the bow will tend to weathercock away from the wind. You can reduce this weathercocking by using a rudder and/or putting 20-25 pounds of gear in the forward cockpit.
Labels: Conditions, Performance