TECH TALK

This post supplied by Graeme Meade.

The SmartTrack Rudder failed on my Stellar Intrepid Si18.
 
In fact, it was an internal rod called the ‘whiz rod’ located in the rudder housing.
 
The rod aids leverage to the rudder blade from ‘down-to-horizontal’ position, guided by pressed-in pins that slide within the housing.
 

SmartTrack ‘Whiz Rod’

 
This item is not included in any normal available ‘SmartTrack’ spare parts.
 
I was unable to source the individual part from:
  • The kayak supplier. Stellar Kayaks Australia
  • Within Australia via other major kayak retailers
However, I did manage to contact the Manufacturer, SMARTTRACK LLC, in the USA who was able to advise that such a spare part was available and could supply the required part from Hong Kong (East Wind Co, Ltd) for a low cost of $2 plus postage.

Refer: www.smart-tracker.com

A paddle leash is currently only a vessel prerequisite for Grade 2 Waters.
However, the committee members recommend that it be fitted to all vessels.
A paddle leash is a means of securing your paddle and freeing you hands.
They need not be expensive.
Check out the equipment used by other members before you part with your cash.
Here is a simple unit. It is made from bungee cord and a cord stop, sourced from Whitworths … only cost a few dollars.

Paddle Leash