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How To Install the Vibe Gravity Rudder

Written by Matt Charette on June 03, 2020

The Vibe Gravity Rudder is truly the next evolution of kayak rudders. It takes steering and tracking to a whole new level, and not only fits all rudder-ready Vibe Kayaks, it can also replace the rudder on many other manufacturer’s kayaks.

The Gravity Rudder's versatile system has a lot of benefits that other rudders lack; including the ability to quickly and easily mount a Bixpy J1 Powershroud™ Motor.  With the Bixpy J1 attached, your kayak will have a punch of power to propel a kayak for more than 75 minutes at continuous full speed and 10+ hours in trolling speeds.

The Gravity Rudder offers a robust double hinged, 90° Slide and Stow mechanism that effortlessly lifts the rudder completely out of the water, so shallow water and obstacles are not going to trip you up. It also features a perfectly balanced deployment, meaning you can get it back into the water with the slightest pull on the deployment cable.

Installation is easy! Just follow these steps and you will be on the water in no time.

Instructions:

  1. Take the linchpin off the bottom of the rudder post.
  2. Place the rudder post into the metal collar on the rear of the kayak & reinstall the linchpin.
  3. Go to the foot controls (or hand steering control) and insert steering cable into the tubes in the hull, feeding them all the way through to until they come out the back of the boat. If they get stuck, try tying the cable to a thick (~40lb) piece of monofilament and feeding that through first, pulling the cable through.
  4. Tie the cable to the rudder with a barrel knot.

And that is all there is to it, your Gravity Rudder is good to go! And whether you choose to hook up the Vibe Free Flow Foot Braces, or the Vibe Steering Handle, or BOTH you will have complete control over your next adventure.

No Drama. Just Adventure.

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