Ordered 2 of these from ACK and installed one of them on our 2014
WS Tarpon 140 kayaks. Installation is straight forward, but no
thanks to the included instructions (ACK's videos on the product
site were much more helpful for sure!) The screws included for the
deck riggings for the rudder deploy function were too long so I had
to use washers to make up the difference - not a big deal but for
someone not too mechanical this would mean having to go and get
some new screws. Installation was easy on the Tarpon although
the internal foot rail nuts can be a little hard to get to since they
are inside the hull - not bad but you will have to do some contorting
through the dry hatches to get to them. Overall a very good rudder
system for the Tarpon for the best price at ACK with really fast
shipping and great communication. ACK all the way! Giving it 4
stars because of the instructions and the long screws but ACK is 5
stars on their end.
Wilderness Systems Tarpon Rudder Kit - Rudder Ready. I purchased
this kit after using my Tarpon 120 for kayak fishing for several
months. As others have noted, the instructions are a little “fuzzy”,
but hey, they cover a wide range of kayaks. The only other issue
were the screws for the lift cord guides, they were a little longer
than need. Having the rudder on the kayak has made a huge
difference while fishing, no more picking up the paddle every few
minutes to correct my position while drifting. Also, it makes
returning to the landing with fish a bit easier. I hang my fish from
the cleat on the left side of the kayak and they add enough drag to
pull the kayak to that side, the rudder helps to keep me paddling
straight. I think the rudder kit is well worth the cost, especially at
the ACK price.
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
put it on my Tarpon 160
instalation was very easy , as
seen in the video.
thanks, greetings from Holland
Came as described and very easy
Haven't try the rudder on
Installation went smootly. I
recommend viewing of
installation videos available on
the Internet to ease the
process. All parts were were in
the package and well
GREAT service from ACK:
delivered on time and quick
answers even about Canadian
Fantastic - the kit worked
great. The handling in rough
water & high winds is so much
better. I found a couple of
YouTube video's that helped
show how to assemble.
If you put your tarpon in a river with
some current, this rudder is a
necessity. I worked my butt off in a
local river without this rudder. With this
kit the boat handles great.
Works great and easy to install on
my Tarpon 140. If you need a
rudder on your Tarpon save
money and do it yourself.
Haven't tried out yet. A little tricky
to install with no illustrations, but
was not too bad. Seems to be a
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.