Deployment is effortless due to the tension spring mounted in the rudder itself. Retraction is also made easy due to the single line, dual action mechanism in the Blade Housing. The blade pivot point on the SmartTrack Control System blade housing is significantly lower than on all over-the-center rudders. This allows the use of a smaller rudder blade. This results in more than 50% less windage when in the retracted position. The unique tension spring assures you that the Foil Blade is down in the water, not trailing behind. Tighten the tension spring when in rough conditions or surf landings and loosen in stable conditions or when paddling along coastal areas with significant amounts of kelp.
The short pin style is typically used on kayaks the have a horizontal or step down flat area in the rear deck. Existing rudders are normally held down with a truss head screw.
This component of the SmartTrack system is like stealth technologyit looks like a hunk of black metal, but it's actually a very sophisticated piece of equipment. This is where it starts to matter which kayak you're putting the thing on, so pay attention.
The function of the blade housing is to attach the rudder blade to your kayak, and to accommodate most of the common kayaks on the market. Some of the SmartTrack housing features:
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