KAPE Stainless Overstern Rudder "Klappsteuer"
Our Overstern rudder is designed to be an alternative for both TOURING/FITNESS and RACING kayaks for those who paddle in shallow water and/or when the riverbed is rocky. As other overstern rudders this provides an effective steering but also increases drag.
This simple but effective rudder system was originally designed for the Austrian / German market where paddlers often use composite boats on shallow rivers. Hence the name „Klappsteuer” (German for "folding rudder").
BUILD-UP & BUILD-IN
The „Klappsteuer” is build up of three parts
- A 30 cm long and (at its widest point) 6.8 cm wide stainless steel blade,
- an aluminium slot for the rudder, and
- a nylon rudder wheel
The rudder wheel provivide a smooth steering for the rudder. The fin and the slot are also connected with a rubber ring. For this the fin is self-recoiling - in other words the fin cannot be fixed in lifted position. If you want to do this with your overstern rudder, we advice the SMART TRACK Race Rudder(link)
The „Klappsteuer” is designed to be an available choice for TOURING/FITNESS boats, but it can be also equipped to RACING boats as well - if circumstances so require.
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!