The Old Town Predator 13 rudder kits allows you to gain control and efficiency in wind or fast current. 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 Old Town Predator 13 Rudder Kit is the factory rudder kit from Old Town. Complete with instructions.
Easy DIY install. Check it out: http://www.kayakfishingmagaz ine.net/articles/139-kayak- fishing-how-to-articles/1895- predator-13-rudder-install.html
Not sure of another design that would work better, but when you put something on the end of a kayak like this it gets bent, scraped and damaged all to hell when you put it and take it down from the top of a SUV. I keep having to bend it back into shape...works fine, but I don't see this lasting very well and its very expensive for it not to last. Additionally, the kayak design is not very good to allow the middle screws/bolts to be installed for the side brackets holding the pedals. You have to have rubbery arms that bend 3 ways to install it. I give it 3 stars because once on the water it does pretty well what I wanted it to do, but I have concerns with the design and durability.
Rudder arrived missing a few nuts and bolts which surprised me given the price of the product. Using the instructions I figured out what they were and purchased from the local hardware store. Easy to install but is tricky getting a few nuts mounted and pulling the wire casing through. I paddle in open water with strong tidal currents so having the rudder is very important. If you purchase a kayak for fishing in tidal areas or open water make sure to get the rudder.
Great product. Well made and easy to install if you have DIY skills. If you don't have any DIY skills, then I would recommend having it installed by someone who is because it does involve drilling into the boat. It is a high priced item but well worth the money. You will see a difference in boat control when out on the water.