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Parts & Hardware - Rudder for Profish Models *Factory Fitted


ANGLER RUDDER SYSTEM (short blade design)
*Factory Installed

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Designed specifically for kayak anglers and paddlers who want a hassle-free rudder system when launching from surf beaches, exploring the kelp beds, or paddling wide of the coast.

The short blade design doesn’t need an up-haul and is always working, even when the water is almost too shallow to paddle.
In deeper water, the short design ensures the rudder rests in the kayak’s wake without adding any significant drag – the ultimate in efficiency.

  • Comes with 'Toe Tabs' for superior control.
  • The 'Angler' blade works fantastically, plus there is no requirement for an uphaul
  • For installation instructions go to the 'How To' section.
  • Will fit any of the Viking Profish kayaks
  • A rudder system will make your kayak much easier to manage in windy conditions

PLU 9827

Short rudder blade or long – which should I choose?

Here is a series of bullet points based on my test paddling over the years that will hopefully help:

1. The Profish Reload has been designed with a full-length keel strip and a swept-back stern to assist with tracking, making the kayak comparatively easy to control even without a rudder if needed. This might be by choice (e.g. kayaking from bigger mother ships where rudders can cause havoc on deck) or by accident (e.g. if a rudder has been damaged when on remote expedition -  I've been in this situation myself and had no problems completing the rest of the trip without a rudder on the Reload).

2. The short Angler rudder blade offers adequate turning capability - the slower turn rate sometimes commented on is more a function of the keel and stern of the Reload resisting the turn than the shortness of the Angler rudder blade. Standard turn testing on a neutrally trimmed Reload with a normal weight paddler and fishing tackle load showed similar turn radius's and rates of turn for both blade styles unless the long blade was made excessively long (600mm or longer)

3. The short Angler rudder blade offers a number of benefits:

  • requires no uphaul mechanism
  • easy to operate in weed/lily-pad/kelp/ shallow water areas without snagging or requiring lifting from the water. This is significant as it allows us to use a rudder in conditions where paddle blade control and railing the kayak may not provide the assistance needed
  • since the blade rides in the turbulence at the stern of the kayak when in the neutral position it adds no significant drag, especially valuable when covering long-distance trolling lures at speed. The long blade rudder designs measurably slow a kayak, especially when the paddler is already using considerable effort to overcome the drag of diving lures

4. The long blade offers benefits too:

  • may work better for smaller/lighter paddlers, especially those paddling an unladen kayak in windy conditions
  • the long blade definitely works better for those with their kayak trimmed bow-down e.g. at the beginning of the day with gear loaded in the bow but no fish yet added to the stern well. This is more a function of kayak trim than rudder performance, most commonly seen with using a full-sized Tackle Pod (not the Live Bait Pod) as a live bait tank for game fish baits - this adds considerable weight in front of the paddler and lifts the rear of the kayak

Hopefully, this gives an insight into my thought processes with the designs of both the Reload and the short-bladed rudder system. The key is that everything kayaking is about working compromises, whether it's hull shape, waterline length, paddle type, rudder length, etc., etc. I find I prefer the short blade design for its simplicity, that I can use it when in kelp zones or hunting weed banks.

Stephen Tapp

Viking Kayaks

Fitted to kayak
PLU 9827


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