The Wilderness Systems Tarpon Rudder Kit helps you gain control and efficiency in wind or fast current. The Wilderness Systems Tarpon Rudder Kit is the factory rudder for the Wilderness Systems Tarpon series, Pamlico Series and Rides (Rides produced between 2006 - 2014). The Rudder Ready kit is for all 2009 - 2014 Wilderness Kayaks with cable tubing already installed. This kit includes all the necessary parts, hardware, and instructions to install a rudder on your boat.
Just completed a 100 mile trip down the Tenn River carrying camping supplies and a small sail attached to the Taqrpon160 i and i am very pleased with the performance and handling of this kayak. the best of seven kayaks that i have owned
My Tarpon 160 w/rudder rocks. Even though I bought a left over 2012 from the outlet side I expected more from ACK. Based on looking at the protective wrapping and quickly opening it up when it was delivered I signed for it because I had to rush back to work (my fault). Upon further inspection it looked like it was tossed around. Surface scratches on the forward and rear decks and the sides and bottom of the hull. Like I said before, I based my initial inspection on the protective wrapping and a quick cut open. That won't happen a 2nd time. Not happy. Again, my fault for not performing a more thorough inspection. It still paddles like a dream. Yes, I will buy more stuff from ACK. They still are 2nd to none.
We received the rudder kit quickly with everything needed. The directions could have been better, thank goodness for u-tube video to help. The screws given to us to install the cables for the up and down of the rudder were too long; but it was easy to find shorter stainless steel screws that worked. The rudder workers great.
Installed on Tarpon 140 - easy to install, one minor deviation from the instructions - said something about removing covers from the cable guides - mine did not have anything - simply inserted and pushed - twist a bit when it gets to the other end to help it through. A bit worried about the longevity of the bungi-cord at the end but I expect it will be easy to replace if/when it breaks. Like the foot braces that come with this kit MUCH better than the stock ones (which flexed too much)