The Ocean Kayak Trident Rudder Kit allows you to gain more control and achieve better efficiency in wind or fast currents. If you paddle in windy conditions or moving water, adding a rudder to your kayak will make your paddling experience so much more enjoyable. The Ocean Kayak Prowler Trident Rudder Kit is the factory rudder kit from Ocean Kayak. Complete with instructions. This rudder kit will fit the Trident series model years 2009 - 2012 and older. If you have a 2013 model or newer, you need the Universal Rudder Kit. Call our customer service team if you have questions about which rudder is right for your boat.
I purchased a Trident 15 without a rudder; while paddling through a strong crosswind on the first paddle, it became apparent that a rudder was needed. Two companions with whom I was paddling had no problem with the crosswind as they had rudders. Most of my paddle strokes were made to correct the direction that the kayak was heading. I ordered a rudder kit from ACK and was amazed that it was shipped less than 2 hours after I placed my order online. It arrived a few days later in excellent shape. Most of the installation was easy, but I had some problem in routing the line used to deploy the rudder (the photos in the instructions are not clear). I called ACK/Canoesport in Houston and was fortunate to talk to Steve, who has had a lot of experience installing rudders. He was able to clarify this part of the installation process. He was also very helpful in a discussion on mounting the pedal rails forward of the site intended for mounting, so that I can actually use the pedals with comfort despite being 6 ft 6 in tall (that extra 2 inches makes all the difference in the world). I was able to test the new rudder just yesterday and it made a huge difference in the way it handled. This rudder is well-made appears to be stronger than the Wilderness Systems and Crack of Dawn rudders that I have on other kayaks.
Rudder is great. I could figure out directions even though visuals were the worst I've ever seen! Bad quality and very poor shot selection.
Works really well down wind. Tacking is somewhat limited but does seem to work OK with wind direction up to about +/- 60 degrees from the rear
Assembly instructions could have been better. Once installed working fine.