The Ocean Kayak Universal 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 Universal Rudder Kit is the factory rudder kit from Ocean Kayak. Complete with instructions. Fits Ocean Kayak Trident 11 and 13, Prowler 13, Prowler Big Game Angler, Tetra 10 and 12, the Zest 2, and Drifters model years 2013 and newer.
The quality is very good and the functionality is excellent. My Tetra 12 Angler turns on a dime with this kit. The only problem I had was with the poor installation instructions supplied with the kit. With the help of you tube and some logic I was able to install, but it was not easy.
The rudder works really well and is a quality product. For the product itself I would put it at 4-5 stars. The reason I lowered it - the install instructions. Terrible pictures, very small. Tried blowing them up online, but that didn't work. Mainly the last few steps where they are showing the knot ties is where it gets difficult. The rest of the installation is not too bad. You don't need the illustrations much. But again once you get past that the rudder itself is really nice.
Excellent mounted on my future beach 160
It makes a big difference! I was having a hard time paddling with high winds and sometimes having to paddle more on one side. But with this, it is really easy to go through the wind or waves. Highly recommended. The only thing that could be better is the installation instructions that come with it. Even the video that is posted online is not as detailed as it could be.