With the SmartTrack Toe Pilot Foot Controls, instead of sliding your feet forward and back as with standard pedals, your feet stay braced at all times. Upper pedals do the steering so your stability and balance are never compromised. Lets you maintain control while directing energy from your torso directly to your stroke. Paddling more efficiently means you can paddle longer.
These pedals work very well, but don't think for a minute that you're going to just unscrew the old pedal tracks and install the SmartTracks in a half hour or so. You WILL need an assistant, unless each of your arms is about four feet long. If your boat has non-standard pedal mount spacing (my Necky Tesla was about 18" instead of the normal 14.5") you will have to drill new holes in your hull, and figure out how to plug the old ones. The Tesla has recessed deck fittings, which make bulges inside the cockpit that would have interfered with the toe pedals had I not mounted the new rack two inches lower than the original. The toe pedals pull less cable than the Necky rudder pedals, and thus wouldn't move the rudder through its full travel until I drilled new holes in the original Necky rudder bell crank that were closer to the pivot point. How to position the loops where the cables attach to the rudder bell crank was a complete mystery. Hint: put the rudder all the way to the right against the stop while you pull the LEFT cable tight to make your loop. Then reverse the process for the RIGHT cable. When you order the SmartTrack kit, be sure also to order some of the little copper cable swage thingies. I went to all nine of the hardware stores where I live in Central Mexico, and nobody here even knew what I was talking about. "Combinar dos cables juntos? ¿Por qué?" I ended up with an ugly albeit temporary kluge while I wait for my swages to arrive. A side benefit of my rudder bell crank modification is that with less mechanical advantage the rudder pedals are stiff enough that I can use them as trim tabs -- set a slight turn and leave it to compensate for a light current or cross-wind. So, am I happy with my SmartTrack foot controls? Well, during the installation there were times I questioned my sanity, but now that they are in... I LOVE them. tanstaafl.
I bought these for a Tarpon 160. They will not fit so I wasted a lot of money.
These are really designed for sit-inside kayaks but can be easily adapted for use on a sit-on-top with the use of the vertical adjustment kit and utilizing the existing foot rail in the kayak as a spacer.
I bought this as a direct replacement for the factory installed badly corroded left rudder for my QCC 700. The service from ACK was great! Installation was easy, taking no more than 15 min. I took much longer finding a 1/16" ferrule to splice the end of the line than doing the installation. Unfortunately, as simple as the installation was, I made a serious mistake and failed to insure the foot pedals were in the neutral position before installation. I ended up with hard left rudder in the neutral position. The cable was cut too short and needed to be replaced with the right cable, an aggravation but not a difficult problem. I'm now purchasing a spare parts kit for when I need the right rudder. Installation was easy and the rudder works great, but I would dearly have appreciated a manual to include a heads up on positioning the foot pedals. Otherwise, this would be a 5 star review.
The foot controls work very well, but are VERY prone to cross threading during installation. It took me several attempts on each mounting screw (4 in total) to avoid cross-threading. What should have taken 5 minutes took 30, and a lot of frustration. If not for the cross threading problem, I would rate these a 5 because they work very well.