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Installing a Navigator long rudder blade on Viking Profish kayaks

The Viking long blade Navigator Rudder System

Long blade in the down position The Viking long blade Navigator Rudder in the up position

Installation of the Viking Navigator long blade rudder is the same as for the Angler short blade rudder, but has one additional step: adding the up-haul cord that retracts the long blade onto the rear deck when launching, landing, or avoiding snags/obstructions. Refer to the “How to install a rudder system - Reload/GT/440/400 with pre-installed cable tubes” instructions to carry out most of the installation. If your kayak does not have the black rudder cable tubes already fitted begin with “How to install Viking rudder tubes for Profish Kayaks”.

 

1. Start by adding the P-clips that guide the up-haul cable. Use 10 gauge self-tapping screws to fasten the P-clips. The first is fitted to the right side of the large brass insert at the rear of the well. Do not drill a pilot hole, simply screw directly into the plastic being sure not to over tighten (this will strip the plastic and weaken the grip of the screw). 

Add the P-clip line guides starting with one at the rear of the well

 

2. The second P-clip is fitted 1/3 of the way along the right side of the rear well. For the Profish Reload this is above the “s” of the Profish label. Do not drill a pilot hole, simply screw directly into the plastic being sure not to over tighten (this will strip the plastic and weaken the grip of the screw). 

The second P-clip goes a third of the way along the rear well

 

3. The 3rd P-clip and the start of the up-haul slider cord is fitted along the side of the kayak beside the seat. Test position the cord first to make sure it clears any fittings already on the kayak. Pay particular attention to make sure the slider has a free range of movement. 

The third P-clip goes at the start of the up-haul slider cord

 

4. Once the position has been found fit the P-clip and rear cord end using a 10 gauge self-tapping screw.  Do not drill a pilot hole, simply screw directly into the plastic being sure not to over tighten (this will strip the plastic and weaken the grip of the screw). One screw holds the P-clip and end of the slider cord

 

5. Now stretch the slider cord tight so it is under tension and fasten the forward end using a 10 gauge self-tapping screw. Do not drill a pilot hole, simply screw directly into the plastic being sure not to over tighten (this will strip the plastic and weaken the grip of the screw). 

Attach the forward end of the up-haul slider cord

 

6. Finally position the up-haul slider to the rear of the slider cord, thread the up-haul cord through the 3 P-clips, and then through the top of the slider. Make sure the rudder blade is down and locked, then tie an overhand knot in the up-haul cord immediately ahead of the slider. This will leave a small amount of slack in the up-haul cord to ensure the blade lowers completely and locks. Test the up-haul function before trimming the cord and sealing the end with a flame. 

Connect the up-haul to the slider. Test the rudder function - rudder down Test the rudder function - rudder up