This is my second set of these pedals. After installing them on
my kayak, I liked them so much that I bought another set to put
on my wife's boat. I had a problem with one of my toe pedals
where a plastic cable guide cracked, allowing the cable to escape
disabling he rudder. Austin Kayak contacted the manufacturer on
my behalf, and the manufacturer immediately sent me two
replacement pedals at no charge. That is respectable customer
service from all concerned!
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.
after buying the vertical adj kit I had no problem
fitting it to my hurricane phoenix 160. tried it a
few times and it works great! If you think about
mounting it on a s.o.t dont forget to add the kit
to your order as I did...
Looks and feels good quality,
made a mistake and didn't buy
the vertical adjustment plate so
it doesn't fit my s.o.t hurrican
Phoenix 160. Have to order it
and try to fit it again
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 installed them in my custom
I had to come up with a mount
for them, but out side of that
I could not ask for a better
system. I am very pleased.
I would give this system 5 stars, however,
were absolutely no instructions and the
wasnt much help either. On a positive note,
very impressed with this product it performs
Works well allows you to brace
without placing strain on the
I installed these on an old
Arcadia Perception as there is
no factory rudder kit I
handmade the rudder and
fittings from ideas seen on
The only thing I could not
make were the foot controls.
Removed existing controls
fitted twit 3 screws 6.5 in
apart, drilled and tapped the
new foot controls to use
existing holes. All went
together no problems.
Sea Trialled Kayak yesterday
at Port Broughton South
Australia, worked as expected,
easy to adjust, easy control
I put these on a Malibu X-
Factor. My first concerns were
the exposed cables that run
along the top of the controls.
Turns out it really has not
been an issue. I really don't
have anything bad to say about
this product. However,
mounting them was a little bit
interesting. The mounting
holes that come tapped on this
product did not line up on my
x-factor. In addition to this
problem there is no way to
mount this product to an x-
factor without some
modifications. I ended up
drilling out one of the pre
tapped holes and drilled
through the second wall as
well. I then drilled the
second mounting hole to line
up with the x-factor's other
mounting bracket. Once
installed and cables adjusted
this is a pretty awesome
product. Total Time for
installation took me
approximately 2 hours.
This is a great pedal/rudder control system. You can really use the foot pad when paddling and not affect your rudder, then with just your toes you can work the rudder. I'll use this system anytime I need to replace my old rudder pedals.
This is the best controls I have found for the money. The ease of adjustment is amazing.