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DIY Kayak Rudder

Written by Aaron Hubert
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Adding a rudder to your kayak might seem like a daunting task, but the average Do-It-Yourself’r can do it in less than a day.  After deciding I wanted a rudder but not wanting to pay the $250 + for a kit I decided to make my own.  My friend owns a welding shop so I was able to get most of my materials at cost.  Everything was made from aluminum and stainless steel.

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I drew out a 17” x 6” rudder on my sheet of aluminum and cut it out with a jigsaw.
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The bracket was made from 1”x1/4” aluminum bar that I bent by hand with a propane torch.

 

 

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I drilled the mounting holes and smoothed the edges of all my cuts with a file.
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Primed and painted all my aluminum pieces and bolted them onto the kayak.

 

 

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Rudder top view
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Rudder turned


 

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I ran the control lines inside the yak and attached them to the foot pegs.
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I used a lock nut to bolt the rudder on so it can stay loose and move up and down.

 

 

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I attached a spring to the bottom of the rudder.
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The rudder in the water

 

I took it out to Cedar Key Sunday. I'm glad I had it, we had 15-20 mph winds almost all day. Its nice being able to go straight in a cross wind. This was a simple build that took around 3 hours to make.

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