I recently bought an older model AI and am awaiting the pull string handle kit.
In the mean time, I am wondering why an adapter plate can't be made by Hobie that bolts on and fits the couture's around and below the original transom, forming a taller transom, or something extending even beyond it incorporating the original transom as an additional attachment point forming the later model transom dimensions that would accept the new up down rudder that everybody likes?
Certainly this could be made strong enough that the rudder pin is the first to go in any collision. It sure would be nice to be able to fit the new rudder kit to older AIs.
Even if this had to be marketed as an accessory, I, as a second owner, would have no problem paying for the plate and the rudder to have better performance.