|The Hypothetical Stern Rig|
But my attempt to install dual leeboards toward the front of the vessel got me no where except around in circles. The wind still spun me about and I could not maintain tracking.
I thought 'bugger this!' -- another frustrating trial/experiment -- but before I turned my nautical person southward for the journey home I moved my leeboard setup to the stern of the craft and lashed it there while keeping the short paddles I used as leeboards the same width apart.
Voila! It worked! Two arms -- 'amas' -- trailing behind the craft while I steered with my single blade paddle by moving it about on the lee side.
Talk about trial and error. These 'leeboards' may no longer be leeboards; nor are they skegs as that hang to each side of the hull rather than under it; nor are they rudders as they don't move side to side. They almost perform like outriggers except they don't contribute to buoyancy. They are also easy to attach/detach.
[And that option is intriguing -- should I fit some outrigger system by extending these leeboards, especially as...]
My new problem in today's 16 knot gusts was the threat of capsize. So I'm asking myself what can I do with crutches -- my standard refit material -- and swim noodles?
Like so (inspiration resource):
The Flying Crutchman still offers many permutations for the imagination.