Feather or no Feather?

Sourced by Garth Petersen.
This post contains a link to an article by Brian Day
He presents his personal view on this subject.
In summary, he concludes ..
There isn’t one answer to the feathered versus unfeathered argument—there are two. If you want to avoid repetitive use injury, you should try to keep your wrists straight during your forward stroke, and there are a couple of ways to do it.
Which feather angle is best? Both. If you prefer a short paddle for maximum power use a feather angle between 30 and 45 degrees. If you would rather use a long paddle allowing your hands to be held low, an unfeathered paddle will keep your wrists straight. That’s the answer. Keep your wrists straight and keep paddling.

This post supplied by Graeme Meade.

The SmartTrack Rudder failed on my Stellar Intrepid Si18.
In fact, it was an internal rod called the ‘whiz rod’ located in the rudder housing.
The rod aids leverage to the rudder blade from ‘down-to-horizontal’ position, guided by pressed-in pins that slide within the housing.

SmartTrack ‘Whiz Rod’

This item is not included in any normal available ‘SmartTrack’ spare parts.
I was unable to source the individual part from:
  • The kayak supplier. Stellar Kayaks Australia
  • Within Australia via other major kayak retailers
However, I did manage to contact the Manufacturer, SMARTTRACK LLC, in the USA who was able to advise that such a spare part was available and could supply the required part from Hong Kong (East Wind Co, Ltd) for a low cost of $2 plus postage.


A paddle leash is currently only a vessel prerequisite for Grade 2 Waters.
However, the committee members recommend that it be fitted to all vessels.
A paddle leash is a means of securing your paddle and freeing you hands.
They need not be expensive.
Check out the equipment used by other members before you part with your cash.
Here is a simple unit. It is made from bungee cord and a cord stop, sourced from Whitworths … only cost a few dollars.

Paddle Leash