The Wilderness Systems BTS Rudder Kit helps you gain control and efficiency in wind or fast current. The Wilderness Systems BTS Rudder Kit is the factory rudder for the Wilderness Systems Tarpon series, Pamlico Series, and Ride Series and Perception Essence kayaks. The Rudder Ready kit is for all 2006 - 2014 Wilderness Systems Ride kayaks with cable tubing already installed. This kit includes all the necessary parts, hardware, and instructions to install a rudder on your boat. This kit will not fit the 2015 Ride kayaks, you will need the Course Control rudder kit.
As the other reviews have stated, instructions have some overkill which can become confusing but fairly simple kit to install. Was worth the purchase to help tracking while drifting and paddling into a hard wind.
Nice product and easy to install. Wilderness Systems has already prerigged its kayaks for future installation. Only flaw seems to be the bracket used to mount the rudder to the unit. It just seems a little under engineered (flimsy) to me. It remains to be seen, over a period of extended use, whether my concerns are justified or not. ACK pricing and customer service was excellent as ususal. The product was received on time and as expected. Would give five stars but for my, as yet unfounded, concern about the durability of the mounting bracket.
I did not think that I needed a rudder since the ride 115X tracked so well. But I was wrong. After I installed the rudder I was able keep my kayak angled in a way that was more comfortable for casting while drifting with the wind. I fish the open waters of grass flats in Florida and most often face 10-20 mile an hour at some time during the day and the rudder is really helpful in staying on track while paddeling back to where we put in. My only regret is not spending the money sooner. In my opinion the rudder is pricey, but considering the advantages of the rudder will pay for itself over time.
The rudder arrived in a timely manner and intact with all parts included. The only complaint I have is that since the instructions included several different models of kayaks and there were no photos included to assist in installation, I resorted to viewing a video on You Tube to make it clearer. I would suggest to the manufacturer to include photos and make it clearer which model they are speaking of.