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Rudder - How Important?

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Novice question from a novice, but how important is a rudder?

I want to fish from a SOT in Moreton Bay. I am 100kgs, and looking at a 2nd hand Perception swing, and 2nd hand malibu pro explorer - both approx $1000 - I believe the malibu can't get a rudder attached...
(a) is this right? and
(b) is this likely to become a problem/nuisance for me?

thanks for any advice/opinions.

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Hi Adrian
A rudder was one of the main critea, when I was searching for a replacement for the FnD. I found that the wind would blow me off course and hence make paddling more difficult and when I drift for flatties the current would sometimes spin me around so time was spent correcting my position instead of casting.
A rudder does not need to be used when the conditions are good - gentle breeze etc as it also slows you down(in good conditions)but I think it is worthwhile considering if the yak you are going to purchase can have a rudder fitted.
My vote is for the Swing
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