SMART TRACK Steering Systems: Blade Housings & Foil Blades
Single (left) & Tandem (right) Foil Blades
SMART TRACK is one of the market leading fitting manufacturers in the world of sea kayaking.
In these ergonomocally designed steering systems two parts are assembled together: a Teflon coated Blade Housing and a foil shaped Blade. Foil Blades are designed to minimise turbulence and drag. With the Tension Knob the sensitivity of the blade can be easily adjusted according to the water conditions.
While SMART TRACK offers a wide range of both parts we use 2-2 variants for our boats.
- Original Blade Housing (R31x) is the original pick for expedition use
- Race Blade Housing (R32x) is a more lightweight low profile housing. We use a modified pin to make us able to adjust to a wide range of our kayaks
- Single Standard Foil Blade (R3x1) is a plastic construction for low profile single kayaks with slight or no rocker keel
- Tandem Standard Foil Blade (R3x2) is a plastic construction for high profile singe kayaks with more rocker keel – or when more steering is needed
Original (above) & Race (below) Blade Housings
The Original Blade Housing with Tandem Standard Foil Blade (R312) is the standard choice for the SEA KAYAK model Zephyr 480
The Original Blade Housing with Tandem Standard Foil Blade (R312) is an available choice for the SEA KAYAK models Hunter 510 and Arctic 585/Antarctic 585. In these models the original Skeg (link) can be replaced by this rudder system, but they can be also equipped together.
The Race Blade Housing with Single Standard Foil Blade is also an available choice for the racing SEA KAYAK models Marino 565/Marino Ski 565 and for all TOURING/FITNESS models. Besides they can be equipped to RACING boats as well - if circumstances so require. In these models the original Racing Rudder (link) can be replaced by this rudder system, but they can be also equipped together.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: overstern rudders cannot be retrofitted (mounted later)! For this the stern should be modified during the construction. If you want them to be equipped to your boat - as standard, or later as a spare part – don’t forget to tell us!
Smart Track Steering Systems equipped to a Zephyr 480 (right), a Hunter 510 (middle) and a Marino 565 (right)
When this rudder system is equipped, we also mount a Retracion Cord and a Cord Locking Ball next to the cockpit as a standard. This let you fix the blade in elevated position.
When this rudder system is equipped to SEA KAYAK models Hunter 510 and Arctic 585/Antarctic 585 a SMART TRACK Recreational Toe Pilot Foot Control (link) is used as standard. However SMART TRACK Performance Toe Pilot Foot Control (link) or KAYAK GEAR TUNE Foot Control (link) are also availabe choices then.
When this rudder system is equipped to racing SEA KAYAK models Marino 565/Marino Ski 565 or to TOURING/FITNESS models KAPE Racing/Touring Footrest (link) is used.
Retracion Cord & Cord Locking Ball