Butch lafargue wrote:
The big question is this next week my conversion kit is coming in for my other kayak it is a plain adventure. The current rudder that I have on the kayak is the middle size one. My understanding is on the Adventure there are three rudders, the stock one, the medium size one which is what I currently have on the Adventure and the giant sailing rudder. I was thinking is the middle size rudder big enough to steer the kayak? The conversion kit is coming in with the giant rudder and I thought I would add the whole kit and just keep the medium size rudder? Will this rudder do the job? This kayak will be for my wife and her wrist are even weaker than mine. Or if anyone has any suggestions on how to get some of the push back pressure on rudder down please let me know.
The conversion kit should include a sailing rudder, which should be the same as the sailing rudder on your 'plain Adventure'. The newer larger rudder on your AI, which I assume is an '11 or '12 model, is standard and will not fit on the older model Adventures. Check the stern, the newer AI's will have a different design with a larger gudgeon, rudder and rudder pin than the older models. If your 'plain Adventure' is an '11 or '12 model, you can order the larger gudgeon and larger rudder. From what I've heard, the larger rudder is a nice improvement on the AI, but not necessary. However on the TI it is.
As others have posted, it sounds like your rudder is not cleated down.
Good luck with the conversion. Cut your mast hole carefully, you can always remove more material, can't add it back though!
I was going to do the conversion to my '11 Adventure and add the larger gudgeon and rudder, but was able to get a good deal on a leftover '11 AI, so I opted to buy the AI and sell the Adventure.