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There are many features and options that the designer can choose to include or omit with the overall decision being dependent on the end benefit or performance that he/she would like the boat to have or do.
The different features to consider when looking to purchase a canoe, kayak, sea kayak or sit-on-top can be found under each heading.
FEATURES EXPLAINED - STEERING
There are 2 types of steering systems generally used to control the rudder on a recreational kayak or sea kayak. These are "fixed pad with hinged flap" control or "sliders".
Fixed Pad with Flap Steering System
Australis use the "fixed pad with a hinged flap" steering system because:
Sliders Steering System
Australis do not use the "sliders" steering system because:
The first plastic sea kayak that Australis made, the "Trilogy", had "sliding" footrests.
We originally used this system, because from our market research we were told that "ease of adjustment" was the most important feature that people were looking for;
We perservered with this system for a little while, but decided to change to the "fixed pad with the hinged flap control" system because we know that it gives a better paddling experience;
Whilst the "fixed pad with flap control" steering system takes a little longer than "sliders" to adjust, we believe that the superior paddling that you will experience, far outweighs the extra 60 seconds that it takes to set your footrests.
Also, once you have your kayak set up to your personal preferences, there is generally very little (if any) need to alter the adjustments.
Some designers choose to use "sliders" because: