The Old Town Predator 13 rudder kits allows you to gain control and efficiency in wind or fast current. If you paddle in windy conditions or moving water, adding a rudder to your kayak will make your paddling experience so much more enjoyable. The Old Town Predator 13 Rudder Kit is the factory rudder kit from Old Town. Complete with instructions.
Easy to install and what a difference it made when kayak fishing in the strong winds along the Outer Banks of NC! Highly recommended
Not sure of another design that would work better, but when you put something on the end of a kayak like this it gets bent, scraped and damaged all to hell when you put it and take it down from the top of a SUV. I keep having to bend it back into shape...works fine, but I don't see this lasting very well and its very expensive for it not to last. Additionally, the kayak design is not very good to allow the middle screws/bolts to be installed for the side brackets holding the pedals. You have to have rubbery arms that bend 3 ways to install it. I give it 3 stars because once on the water it does pretty well what I wanted it to do, but I have concerns with the design and durability.
The rudder has changed my boat 180* The installation was easy, the cable sleeve didn't work out for me as well as I would have liked, and it is a little tough to flip the rudder up, but I wouldn't dream of paddling with out one. I would recommend this!
Customer service was extremely helpful and gave some installation tips when I called to confirm that I was ordering the right product. It looks intimidating but in the end it was easy. I have only been in little ponds after installation, been to windy on the weekends for big water. It works like it should but I won't see how well till I get on water with current and wind.