Before I talk about the benefits of using a Kayak Rudder
They come in many forms, some of them as wings or blades, and the materials they are made of are plastic, wood, metal or nylon. The pedals that come with the kayak rudder kit are used to move the rudder for the steering function and make the kayak turn one way or the other (left or right).
The number one reason for using a kayak rudder is to help the kayak move straight. This is known as 'Tracking' Tracking refers to the ability of a kayak to move in a straight direction. It is very easy to get in control of your kayak in hard wind conditions and strong currents using a kayak rudder kit, and in my opinion, this is the mayor advantage of using one.
Many people think that the main function of using a kayak rudder is to help increase the control when turning a kayak; in deed, this is one of the great advantages of using a rudder, but not the primary one.
The more equipped your kayak is, the more you will enjoy your travels and your navigations will be more effective. The kayak rudder is one of the greatest things to have on your kayak.
You need to consider, when transporting your kayak, to securely place your kayak rudder folded on top of your kayak, this is very important. The kayak rudder kit should include a fastener or a strap to keep the rudder holded on top of the kayak to avoid being dropped and damage your vehicle's roof top, if it doesn't come with it, just find anything else to keep in secured.
When you feel that your kayak rudder is starting to get sticky when you pull it up or down, it means that it needs some maintenance, you just have to open it, blow out the sand and dust, put some lubricator and then close it again.
Some kayaks come equipped with their kayak rudder, but some of them don't and you will have to buy it for separately and install it. There are several brands or models of kayak rudders in the market that will fit your kayak. You just have to choose the correct one for your model.
You can even manufacture your own kayak rudder, many people build their own by just looking how one works and with a little imagination, you can have your own home made Kayak Rudder Kits.