: What effect does the length of a kayak have on weather cocking
: assuming the boats are the same design. I realize a shorter boat
: should be more responsive to corrective strokes, but does this
: also mean that it will weather cock more easily?
Weather cocking is a result of side slipping. Any boat that drifts sideways in a wind may be susceptible to weathercocking. Weathercocking occurs when one end of the boat has a better grip on the water than the other end, thus the "grippy" end does not drift as fast as the freer end. This is not related to length in any significant way. It depends more on the lateral area below the waterline (i.e. how much area there is between the keel and the waterline at the center of the boat) and how that area is distributed. More lateral area (deeper keel) will not drift as much sideways. I also depends to a lesser extent on the lateral area above the waterline (AKA "sail area").
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