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 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.
Like the previous user, the rudder is great once installed. Way too extra unneeded parts and a very poorly (an out-of- date) installation manual adds a lot of time time to the install.
I should have listened to my sales counselor last January and let AKC install a rudder before shipping. I took the Ride 115 out this morning with rudder for the first time on Indian River Lagoon. The wind was at the upper end of what I would normally paddle in for bird photography. The rudder was a blessing as I stayed true to course on my paddle out to the rookery. There is one real negative to the kit. Honestly, Harmony could do a 100% better job of packaging kits if they would try to be less inclusive of Wilderness System's product line. There were no less than 10 different yak's worth of screws and fittings in the kit. That coupled with confusing directions would have added 50% time to the retrofit. My suggestion if you are retrofitting is to Google your Yak and rudder install and throw the directions away. I did that after step 1 and the install went great.