DIY: Retractable Skeg

As a photographer, I understand the value of the right tool for the job. That does translate well in kayaking. I have a 14.5’ Sea Touring Kayak as well as 9.5’ Fishing Kayak, and they both have their purposes. The fishing kayak has awesome stability, is not too slow, but doesn’t track all that well and the tracking is one of the most important features for shooting photography from a kayak.

For example: If I am paddling then stop, grab my camera and to take a shot ... by the time I'm ready we have spun nearly 180 degrees and I have likely missed my target. Now, I know I could get a different kayak, but being the crafty fiddler that I am, I thought I would try my had at a DYI Retractable Skeg.

Chris Sgaraglino

Shared Credits">Over the past 37 years of my adult life, I have gained a very diverse portfolio of adventures from which I have been blessed to be a participant. This wealth of experience and knowledge has defined my character, my morals and values, and my healthy respect for people and the great outdoors. It is a true definition of an Outdoorsman!
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DYI: Skeg Parts List












Ease of Use


What I liked

  • Solid Construction
  • Not to big
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to build
  • Tracks True
  • Mage of strong composition & steel

What I did not like

  • Need a few power tools

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