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Hobie Large "Twist and Stow Rudder"

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Hobie Large "Twist and Stow Rudder"

Make & Model

Brand:
Hobie
Model:
Large Twist and Stow Rudder
MSRP ($):
33.99

The Hobie Large Twist and Stow Rudder blade featured in the Mirage series kayaks gives kayak anglers a more controlled and responsive ride especially when paired with the sail kit.

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Hobie Sailing Rudder

For the money, I think this the best upgrade you can do to your Hobie kayak. There is nothing wrong with stock rudder, but wow what a difference.

The factory rudder will get your turned around but there is a bit of delay. With the bigger rudder, hang on. This makes your yak turn with authority. I also noticed that I now have a reduced turning radius. This is nice when I fish some of the narrow rice field here on the Cooper River.

Tracking is also improved. Outbacks because of the design have a tendency to weather cock, when paddling through a strong cross wind. The factory rudder helps when you turn it a little. The sailing rudder locks you in like an arrow.

The only real downside is that the larger rudder covers the rear carry handle. This is only a minor annoyance. If you are not careful, you can get the rudder stuck on the rear carry handle when deploying or raising it. Not a big deal if no one is around. The only way I found to get it unstuck is to pop it with my paddle blade. The pros far outweigh the cons. For $40.00 it is by far the best bang for your buck upgrade for a Hobie kayak.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Faster turning, better tracking.
Cons:
see notes
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Hobie "Sailing" Rudder

Awhile back, I read where someone wrote that the Hobie “Sailing” rudder is the best and most inexpensive upgrade you’ll ever make. Although there is nothing wrong with the stock rudder that comes with the kayak, I do believe the “Large Twist and Stow” rudder (aka-Sailing rudder) can provide benefits to certain anglers that are invaluable.

The stock rudder is small and compact, which is nice. However, the small size causes there to be a slight delay before the kayak begins to turn when going from stop to start. With the stock rudder, you are required to gain a certain momentum before the rudder “catches” in the water and begins to actually turn the kayak. If you have used these rudders, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Now, this will not be a problem for those who mainly fish large open bodies of water. The need to immediately begin your turn from a stopped position is probably not a huge necessity. However, if you fish in cramped areas like small canals, cuts etc., this delay may be a problem.

The Sailing rudder is much larger, in both length and width, than the stock rudder. The larger surface area allows the angler to immediately begin his/her turn from stop to start. The rudder “catches” in the water with only slight forward movement.

For someone like myself who fishes a great deal in the marsh, in cuts, and in other tight areas, the ability to make a sharp turn with no lag time is invaluable. So, if you are an angler who fishes these types of areas, the Large Twist and Stow rudder may be an upgrade you want to consider. At just over $30, it may even be the best and most inexpensive upgrade you’ll ever make.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
16-30 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Responsive Rudder Control, Inexpensive, Easy Install
Cons:
None
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