Skegs vs Rudders

Skegs vs Rudders

Here’s an Xtranormal video with a not too serious look at the whole skegs vs rudders debate:

Skegs vs Rudders

The best answer to the entire skeg or rudder question should be “neither”.  If you learn how to paddle then you don’t need a skeg or a rudder!  Having said that, there are certainly times when  a skeg or rudder can make your life easier.

Both skegs and rudders serve the purpose of helping the boat go straight.  Neither is designed to steer a boat but to offset the turning forces on it.

You should certainly be able to control your boat in all conditions into which you venture, even if your craft has a skeg or a rudder.  Anything mechanical can break and it’s not as likely to break in the dead calm of the local pond as it is to break under rougher more challenging conditions when its failure can have more significant consequences.

Skegs are notorious for getting pebbles stuck in the skeg box, keeping the skeg from dropping down.  If you’re with a group this isn’t usually a big problem as a friend can reach under and help the skeg release but if you’re by yourself, there’s no way to fix the problem without going to shore.

Rudders always seem to have cable issues.  There are a lot of mechanical parts in a rudder and things do wear out.  There are not many rudder mechanical failures that can realistically be fixed on the water.

Every time you paddle in conditions that make you feel like you want to deploy your skeg or rudder, postpone using it as long as possible to gain experience using the boat in conditions as if you were unable to use the skeg or rudder.

While it’s occasionally “nice” to have use of a skeg or rudder, if you find yourself consistently relying on it, why not let The Power Of Water help you free yourself from the need.  We can give you the skill and confidence to be in complete control of you craft!

Werner Paddle Stuck Ferrule Button Hack

Werner Paddle Stuck Ferrule Button Hack

  • We all love the way a Werner paddle connects us to the water, we also have seen the other  side of that love when we cannot get our $400 paddle to stay together. The good news is that  this is usually the result of paddling in a sandy location, bad news is that your paddle shaft  has invariably saved some of that sand to frustrate you on your next time out.    

Over the years I have pounded that shaft on logs, rocks and boats and jammed sticks,  screwdrivers and even an old car antenna up in there just to get out on the water with my  favorite paddle. Those abusive methods work sometimes but are not addressing the cause.  What usually happens is that very fine sand particles are getting embedded in the plastic of  the ferrule assembly. Generally this isn’t the sand ON the beach but the sand IN the water AT  the beach. Sometimes this suspended sand and water mixture will include salt (lucky you) or  some sort of microscopic plant material. Once this dries and cures up in there it is much  harder to remove.   

So here are a few solutions and preventatives to the stuck button:   

Button is already stuck 

– Blast it with compressed air from the inside AND outside 
– Vigorously soak it in a bucket of water spiked with a splash of 303 (why not, we use it  for everything else) 
– Using a long small headed standard screwdriver or awl, gently activate button from  inside AND out 
– Be patient and repeat 10-20 times or until the button starts to regain it’s rebound 
– Be patient and repeat another 10 times 
– See preventatives below   


  – Put your paddle together at the truck and take it apart at the truck 
– Thoroughly rinse ASAP after paddling with FRESH water back at the house or  campground 
– While rinsing continue to activate the ferrule 
– Do NOT use any type of lubricant, it will only make it worse   

Hope this helps, it has definitely worked for me. And by the way…..Werner has never heard of  this being an issue. Ha, ha….we love our Werner Paddles.     

Trey Rouss   


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soaking werner paddle ferrule to clean
compressed air blowing out a werner ferrule