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Here the rudder is nearly deployed. If it were in the water, it would be straight up and down. When using the hands-free Mirage drive system, which we'll discuss in a few more slides, a rudder is essential to accurately and effectively steer your boat. You can take a paddle along with you, and that can be a great way to steer a kayak, but it's just one more thing in the boat. This drive system makes it a snap to navigate your 'yak.
Photo: Thomas Allen