Boréal Design kayaks are built with the utmost respect for quality and workmanship. Our design is tried, tested and true for a day trip in your local bay or a month long expedition to a series of remote islands.

Simple and elegant, Boréal Design models all have a distinctive feel that blends the traditional aesthetics with functionality and performance of a modern sea kayak.

Why choose a kayak with a rudder?

A kayak equipped with a rudder opens up many possibilities. First and foremost, the rudder is designed to help you steer your craft in a side wind. For a beginner it will help steer the boat in general.

The use of a rudder is achieved by pushing on one of two pedals. By deploying the rudder and pushing one of the pedals, your kayak will change its direction naturally without the need of an aggressive lean on one side (known as edging) or a sweep stroke (the common paddle stroke to turn a kayak). This can be quite helpful when your kayak is fully loaded for a week long trip, or where edging your kayak at a high angle will likely capsize you. The rudder can also aid in maintaining a line while crossing a strong current, allowing you to concentrate on your paddle strokes.

Last but not least, a ruddered kayak will have a higher storage capability. The rudder is located on the rear deck and not inside the kayak like the skeg. This might not look like much, but every cubic inch is important inside a touring kayak on a long trip.

Rudder equipped kayaks have a stable and speed efficient hull design since edging the boat at a high angle is not often required.

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