I wrote this quick article for a few local Kayak Fishing message boards and the response has been great. I can't keep the Sailing Rudder in stock.
Just thought I would pass this on to other dealers and consumers.
[i]Hobieâ€™s NEW High Performance Rudder. Perfectly suited for Kayak Fishing.
By: Nathan â€˜steamrollâ€™ Clookie
Wanna quick and easy way to improve to Hobie kayak? Add a high performance sailing rudder to your Hobie Fishing Kayak. Itâ€™s a simple upgrade that only takes a few minutes to install. If you can operate a screwdriver, then you change out your rudder.
Before you go ripping off your current rudder blade, let me explain the reasoning behind this upgrade. In my opinion, the 2 major benefits of the larger rudder are responsiveness and its ability to turn the kayak while drift fishing.
The larger rudder makes turning effortless, especially in adverse conditions, and letâ€™s face it, that is when responsiveness counts the most. The bigger blade can really dig in and force your kayak to turn even when wind, wake and current are all working against you.
I do a ton of fishing while sitting sideways in my kayak and letting the current pull me along. The high performance blade allows me to make adjustments to my drift without having paddle or pedal.
Just for fun, letâ€™s do a side by side comparison of the stock blade and the new High Performance blade. The stock blade measures in at a respectable 11 inches tall x 5 inches wide. The upgraded blade comes in at a whopping 14 inches tall x 7 inches wide. That extra surface area does wonders.
Now that weâ€™ve discussed the benefits, letâ€™s talk about installation. Normally Iâ€™d refer you to your local Hobie shop for installations, but this one is easy:
1. Grab a Phillips head screwdriver and remove the six (6) screws from the top of the stock rudder blade. Set these aside, you will need them to attach the new blade.
2. Now flip the blade over and pull out the six (6) lock nuts.
3. Insert the lock nuts into your new rudder blade.
4. Line the blade up with the up/down drum and insert the six (6) screws.
5. Open up a beer. You deserve it.
Thatâ€™s it. Anyone can do it.
Youâ€™re probably asking yourself â€œWhere can I get one of those new Hobie rudder blades?â€
OEX Oceanside - Authorized Hobie Dealer
Kayak Fishing Specialists