So far, So goodGot out alone under gray skies and a north wind of 15-20K. Paddled into it to the state park at the north end of the harbor. This time I had a tad of weight in the forward hatch. No problems.
On the way back I had 2 foot seas quartering behind the port beam. Just a bit of skeg made for a terrific ride with waves, at times, coming in several directions. The boat wanted to surf but the troughs were to narrow and I would run up onto the wave in front. It was a joyous ride. No bracing needed. So far, so good.