I have been reconsidering my approach to this problem after last week's paddle. It went well and with little wind blowing, not too bad handling at all. I think that some of the trouble may be caused by not having enough weight in the bow. The kid weighs only 35 lbs. or so. Overall, I think putting a few 5 gal. jugs of water in the bow will keep the front end down and give the canoe enough weight so that the bow won't weathervane as easily when the wind does kick up. Any thoughts on this? It could make the Otca a cruising machine and just what we need for fishing. I think the experimentation will have to wait 'til next year as the temperature is definitely cooling off. The kid says he wants a paddle and I think I found a source for that. Maybe we will do some canoe camping next spring!