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Rudder Pilot for Kayaks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248761D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-06
Document File: 1 page(s) / 27K

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Abstract

This invention would improve navigation, orientation and positioning of a kayak using an automatically controlled rudder.

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Rudder Pilot for Kayaks

Abstract:

This invention would improve navigation, orientation and positioning of a kayak using an automatically controlled rudder.

Description:

Kayaks are becoming much more popular for activities such as fishing.  Newer kayaks often have a foot-operated rudder to help the pilot maintain a heading or position by steering the kayak and allowing them to free up their hands and focus on fishing activities.  However, while navigating a kayak it may change direction and/or drift off course due to the force of the paddle, wind, current, and waves.  This invention for a “rudder pilot” will automatically correct for these forces to make steering and navigating the kayak easier. 

Rudder pilots have been used in larger vessels for many years for “autopiloting” of the vessel.  The mechanism automatically adjusts the orientation of the rudder to maintain a desired bearing and route.

The kayak rudder pilot could perform up to 4 functions:

·         Implement a paddle stroke offset so the kayak goes straight or follows a desired trajectory

·         Offset undesirable forces during paddling/peddling/trolling so the kayak maintains a heading

·         Set adrift or anchor with the kayak facing the desired direction

·         Maintain a repeating pattern over a desired fishing area

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