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.
Just bought an Ocean Prowler 13 and decided to get the rudder that Ocean Kayak recommends. DO NOT DO this unless yo are very handy and have a plethora of tools. This rudder inexplicably only nominally goes with this kayak. Weird since both are made by the same manufacturer... There are important parts that there is no way given on how to install OR you have to gerry rig to make work. It involves mental and physical gymnastics. Like threading curled plastic tubing 6-7 feet having a tiny hole as access mid way. Adding insult to injury the "instruction manual"(lol) is a few un-numbered pages stapled together. Grainy and dark with small pictures. The best part being that every other page is printed upside down on the back of the previous page. There IS an instructional video on YouTube. Unfortunately its made for the Ocean Kayak kayak that the rudder is made for 100%. Also since the holes dont line up on the foot peddle rudder control track yo have to eye-ball drilling a new hole. At that point if you dont have a Dremel tool you will be screwed.) However BOTH the boat and rudder are very good quality. They just dont go together. IF you could install this, save your $ and buy a MUCH Cheaper brand. It CANT be harder to install. Probably easier because you wont asssume it WILL fit !
Great, fast service, fair price. Haven't installed this yet, but looks like it should work, even on my kayak not designed for rudder. Order servicing is unbelievable and accurate, arriving in only a couple days.