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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:42 am 
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I transport my Native Slayer Propel in the bed of my truck, and I prefer to load it stern first. It just fits better that way, and when I unload and load it at the ramp, I do not need to rest the rudder on the ground. My truck is a Crew Cab with a short bed. I have a Boonedox Rudder on my Slayer and when loading it stern first the long rudder is the first thing to hit the front of the bed, even when the rudder control is turned to the max to either side. Too much pressure and it could snap the rudder cable, so I made a device to keep the rudder from hitting the front of the bed. I made it from an inexpensive pressure treated 1x4 board and a few deck screws. It easily slips under the kayak and locks itself between the keel and rudder. The bottom board extends a couple inches beyond the rudder and stops against the front of the truck bed. It also allows the kayak to slide in and out of the truck bed without the risk of the rudder hanging on anything.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:16 am 
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Great solution -- nice job!

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:33 pm 
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Hey Mudfish.....Great solution for a "known problem".
I think that it was odd when the Slayer rudders were not very efficient and they turned poorly...AND...Boonedox came out with a solution for the turning issue.
Good idea....and hope that you got a patent on it!!! :cheers:
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:50 pm 
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That is a smart solution Mudfish! I am looking at purchasing a Native Slayer or Titan, and understand the BooneDox Rudder is a must. Did you contemplate between the two before acquiring the Slayer?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Thanks all!

John A,
I am seriously considering the new Titan. It wasn't out when I got my Slayer Propel in 2015. I've had a number of Native kayaks including the Magic, two Ultimates, two Mariner Propels, and the Slayer Propel. The Slayer Propel is my favorite, so far, but that Titan looks real good. Probably should sell my Mariner Propel and get a Titan :headbang:

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:08 am 
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What a simple and effective protection for the rudder. An I guess it even helps with loading and unloading the kayak, as you said. I'm going to have to make me one of those.


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