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Good. I hear people say they never hit the rail as if it were a fault those rail whackers should correct. If you stack your shoulders, get the paddle as vertical as you can, reach hard to get the paddle completely in the water, and then uncoil into your stroke you're gonna hit the rail unless your rails are perfectly straight and your paddle is really buried so the neck of the blade is fully under the board. People who don't generally have their paddle angled instead of vertical and they have it too far away from the board. Both of those faults apply turning torque.
..., not getting stuck in that tiny spot between the nose of the board and the bill of my hat....
Once you know how to paddle straight you really don’t need a very “directionally stable” fin to sort you out.
Good progress. Now go out and ONLY paddle on one side. The whole way out on one side, and the whole way back on the other.You can't do it? Is that what you are now saying?Yes you can. Just decide that even if a shark appears next to you, or a Colombian drug cartel boss holds a gun to your head and orders you to switch sides, you are not going to do it. Then, slowly and carefully, be on your way. You be surprised at how easy it is once you get your head round it. Surprisingly fast when you don't change hands, too (once you have it figured).