To everyone who does not like a rudder, then today I agree with you. Just spent $270 to have a Feathercraft rudder put in my 19ft kayak. At the start of this big race today, the pedal got stuck and flipped over. The boat took a hard left and crashed into 2 very expensive boats. A $2500 carbon fiber-graphite canoe and a new race kayak. Both tippy, both loud when I crashed into them. So i finished the race with a flipped over pedal but had to DQ myself. As good therapy a friend let me paddle his west side boat with a tiller rudder and full footboard. Excellent system and easy to use. So my question is why do kayak makers not go with the same neat system as used in the Olympic sprint boats?