FLIP OFF RUDDER
It’s consist of many parts, but the main elements are the rudder fin and the steering pedals which are used to control the direction of the kayak on the water.
The fin and its parts – called pilots and wheel are made of aluminum, which is additionally anodized and powder painted to protect them against corrosion. The entire mechanism can be lowered or lifted easily, using the pulley placed on the starboard.
The steering pedals are connected with the stern part of the rudder by shackles (made of acid proof steel), to which acid proof cords in a rubber elastic tube are lead (similarly to brake lines on bicycles). Then, in the cockpit the cord is joint with the line by a belaying cleat, which allows to adjust the length of the line. The line is connected with the pedal itself.
The pedals consist of elements made of waterproof – nonskid plywood. We mount two kinds of steering pedals:
– central pedals – placed in an aluminum rail glued into the central part of the bottom of the kayak. They perform very well in tourist and sea kayaks.Under the pedals are footrests, made also of plywood. The frame is made of stainless steel. Once the suitable distance has been set, we turn the knob, which stops the pedals in the desired position. The frame and the plywood pedals are joint by acid proof screws and rubbers that carry the pressure.
– side pedals – mounted on the sides of the kayak – this system operates correctly only in sea kayaks.
The steering is done through pushing your feet onto the pedals, which enable the cords working through the pilots to pull the rudder fin right or left, steering the kayak to the desired direction. In order for the rudder to work correctly, the cords must be properly tightened, so it is important to adjust the distance of the pedals and tension of the steering costs before setting off.
The construction is very similar to that of rudders on sports kayaks. In the bow part of the kayak there’s a so called ‘trolley’, which composes of: an aluminum, T-shaped rudder bar and the footrest made of nonskid – waterproof plywood. The entire element is laminated for good into the shell of the kayak.
The rudder bar is connected with the rudder fin through lines, and then metal cords, of course corrosion resistant. Between them there’s a belaying cleat that enables the adjustment of the lines. The cords are then lead to a special butterfly, which is mounted on a bar coming from the rudder fin. The element of the rudder fin, that goes into the water is made of fibro nylon.
The steering is done through moving the rudder bar with your feet. The cords through the butterfly change the position of the rudder fin.
Due to the fact, that the element with the rudder bar and the footrest is laminated into the kayak, in order to provide the proper tension of the cords and a good position of the kayaker, the distance between the seat and the trolley can be adjusted. The seat moves in an aluminum rail, you can block the position of the seat by turning down two knobs.