Smarttrack combines fixed foot pegs with movable rudder pedals. Allows you use a rudder without giving up rigid foot braces, essential for solid bracing in a performance kayak. May require optional tubing kit.
|Review:||Awesome, installed on my Dagger Cayman, with some minor fabrication, and it works flawlessly. This is potentially a difficult install for some people, especially on certain makes/models of boats like mine, but well worth the effort.|
|Review:||My Hurricane Expedition was rudder-ready which made the installation pretty seamless, however the attachment bracket included with the rudder kit had holes that were spaced way too far apart for my rig. I had to drill a hole in the hard stainless to make it fit. Ive had the rudder on for about a dozen trips on rivers now and am amazed by how well it has held up to sever conditions for a rudder, branches, brambles, logs etc. I am also very pleased with the design and function. It enables me to keep on track in a strong river current while snacking, drinking or viewing through binocs. It also allows me to concentrate on stroking when going upstream as I can course correct with the rudder rather than having to compensate with the paddle.|
|Review:||The kit is excellent, although the rear mount plate holes did not match up on my Hurricane Expedition; no problem drilled a new one in between the plates existing holes. I was not sure if a rudder would improve the issues I was having or not. I was hoping it would: A Help control direction when paddling upstream in a river. B Minimize/prevent directional drift when taking a break from paddling C Allow me to train the vidcam on a subject without the need for constant paddling corrections. The rudder has been fantastic for A & B so far. I have not had a chance to vid yet, but I think it will help with that also. One unforeseen benefit has been that the rudder increases my paddling efficiency because I dont have to dig like crazy to correct directional drift. Extremely fast shipping, thanks.|
|Review:||I bought this kit to install on an Advanced Elements Convertible kayak. The staff at ACK was very helpful and quickly ansered all of my questions. Apparently no one has or at least admitted they have performed this installation before on an AE Convertible kayak. I was able to install the rudder kit with minor modifications to the kayak and to the foot braces. I have used it for hours of kayak sailing, and it has performed very well. My main concerns were ease of installation, ease of modification for an inflatable folding kayak, ease of breakdown for stowing of the kayak and minimal drag. Other than the fact that one of the cables kinked hopelessly while feeding it into the cable tubing, requiring replacement with sailboat standing rigging cable from West Marine which works much, much better than the original cable, I have no complaints. The kit takes little time to install with preplanning and performs very well in the water.|