I've got a Heritage Redfish 12' paddle yak without a rudder.
After my last fishing trip of trying to go 6 miles and having to fight the wind to stay on course the entire time, I decided it's time to get a rudder.
So I bought a cheap rudder off of Amazon; it looked pretty solid (of course I've not got it in hand yet).
I've got my method to mount it in mind.
Now my big question is; how should I control the thing?
I saw some different options; 1 is to modify my existing foot rest rails to be mobile and tie the rudder directly to the foot pegs. The drawback though is I wouldn't be able to brace my feet anymore since the footrest would be free sliding.
Another option was to replace my footrest with one of the footrest's with toe controls. That looked like a good idea but I was reading some concerns about people getting the toe control seizing up after a few trips in salt water - that obviously wouldn't be good if I fish the bays.
The other method then that I saw, was the example in the pinned post up top, the guy looks like he's got a pulley and ropes connected directly to the rudder run up to about even with the seat. And I figure maybe he just makes broad course corrections as he goes but not constant adjustments.
So my biggest question for those with rudders in a paddle yak; Is there a big benefit to having a foot controls rudder vs hand controlled rudder? Something to consider - do you need to make adjustments constantly or is it more you can set the rudder when you start out and then don't have to make anything but minor adjustments (which could be done with your paddle).
Primarily I want the rudder for when I've moving between spots because I'm tired of fighting the wind. I do like to fish from the kayak though so foot control seems like it could be nice if I'm drifting down a river/ current. Note that I already have an anchor trolley and drift sock which generally keeps me pointed the direction I want to go; I just can't make course corrections without a rudder. How likely would you find yourself making course corrections while fishing though?
I'm lazy so not going to repost the whole thing, here is what I ended up doing - posted in a different thread. Just ask for more details if you want: