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TWO GREENLAND STYLE KAYAKS ON A BIG DUTCH LAKE







FLARE

FEELING STABLE , ..... OR NOT






Flare and beam



A kayak feels stable and still free to roll if the center of gravity is placed low in the
hull and the side panels show a respectable amount of flare. If you image the
boat canted to one side, the beam of the hull becomes wider and gives
more support against rotating further. The kayaker feels a
secure
 feedback up to this point of canting. Note, not much beyond.





Canting, my stand - in demonstrating what flare adds to his kayak handling.
This manoeuvre can be used for carving turns etc.



BUT THERE'S ANOTHER THING, BALANCE OVER THE EDGE





Put a flared hull on its side in the water and it wants to flip back to the normal position

This comes in handy performing a balance brace. Floating beside the kayak on
your back looking at the sky, you don't want the kayak to roll over your torso, a
flared hull is a big help in this by nature, height and weight of the bow and
stern upturn also play a role. A box shaped hull is more neutral sitting
on its side, and the paddler will have a harder time to prevent ...blup






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