Having a rudder in the ultimate 14.5
tandem should not be optional in my
opinion. The installation instructions
were horrible and it took me all day to
install it. As a research scientist, I
do not think that I am stupid.....but the
directions for installation sure made me
feel that way.
I love the Rudder but not
happy with several parts and
cables being missing! Also I
was'nt aware that if your
Ultimate was made before 2008
you had to buy a bracket to
mount it. Thankfully I found a
Native dealer close by that
had some extra parts so I
could get it on in a hurry. I
the company should make sure
all the peices are in the box
I installed this rudder kit on my ultimate 14.5
Fairly easy to install, requires just a few basic
tools.Directions need updating,read through a
couple of times to save yourself some steps.
I didn't really enjoy my kayak till I installed
this kit. I would not have another 14.5 without a
rudder, but that is my preference.
I think it'll work great once it's fixed. Mine broke the first 5 minutes on the lake.
Great product. Be prepared to send 2-3 hours on the install. Directions are a bit vague but you can figure them out with a careful study. eg No need to cut stern rope on newer models. Also cable penetration on the stern is pre-molded no need to measure or place holes where the directions say. Once installed very versatile between single or tandem.
AJ from Gatlinburg
This rudder system is 1st class and far above others I have used. It is extremely easy to deploy and retract and there is no resistance to steering. A great and necessary product for my Ultimate 14.5 Tandem