Installing a BooneDox Rudder

Stock Plastic
     While researching the new kayak the only complaint that came up in reviews was the turning radius.  Seems that while the speed of the Propel pedal drive is a major advantage on the water, it's small rudder was a bit slow when it came to turning the beast around.  Turns out that the stock plastic has inherent issues associated with flex under load.  Since I intend to put this kayak in a lot of different paddling situations I decided that something needed to be done so that I wouldn't have to deal with any of these issues on the water.  After a few Google searches I came across the BooneDox Rudder.
     Right out of the box I noticed that it didn't have a lot of parts.  Just a stainless steel bolt, white plastic spacer, and the BooneDox rudder.    It attaches simply to the Native Slayer Propel and Mariner Propel line of kayaks.  It extends the rudder length by about 3 1/2 inches.  This allows the kayak to turn noticeably quicker.  The BooneDox rudder is constructed of steel and has been powder coated to ensure a long rust free life.

The installation is super simple:
     Remove the center screw and rudder plate.  I know it looks intimidating, I kept envisioning C clips and springs shooting out all over the basement when I opened it.  Turns out the rudder plate is a solid piece or plastic so no worries removing it.
     Pull the stock rudder out of the cavity from the bottom of the kayak.  Place the white spacer on the BooneDox rudder then push the BooneDox back up and attach the plate.  Tighten the included stainless steel screw and your done.
     See nothing to it, probably the easiest thing you'll do all day.  Check out the BooneDox rudder if you own a Propel driven kayak from Native Watercraft.  They're made in the USA, and have a great reputation for quality in the paddlesports industry.
     Tight Lines.

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