Which is better, a skeg or a rudder?
If you get a few kayakers together you can start a spirited debate by asking that question. And finally there is a real answer. The new Venture Skudder combines the strengths of both a skeg and rudder and eliminates the weaknesses of either.
Efficient like the rudder. Deploy it partway and it functions like a skeg for control in wind and waves (1).
Drop it all the way and the Skudder becomes a super-efficient understern foil rudder (2).
All parts stored internal for safe transportation with easy access for cleaning and maintenance (3).
Tough. Versatile. Efficient. The Skudder only on Venture kayaks.
What makes the Skudder so great?
Efficiency: An under-stern rudder is much more effective than an over-stern rudder; particularly in rough water as the blade doesn't come out of the water just when you need it, plus having the end plate effect against the hull can double its efficiency.
Lighter at only 283 grams the skudder is 46% lighter than a typical rudder.
Strength and Protection: A traditional rudder is bolted to the deck, and with blade up or down upsets the wind balance in the design, plus has to have a very long blade to reach the water which inherently is more flexible and less effective than a Skudder. The Skudder when not deployed is completely protected, but when deployed all joints are shock protected, enormously strong, and all fully replaceable.
Available on the newest Venture Kayaks, Islay 12 and Jura.
Pyranha / P&H Design patent applied for / registered name.