I have a wood kayak. I absolutely HATE those aluminum kayak rudders - especially the “Feathercraft” brand rudders with the “knife wings” that stick out. sideways and scratch other people’s boats. In group kayaking, boats always come together at some point and the boats with rudders always scratch my kayak. In some cases, they cut and smash right through the fiberglass and I have to do repairs. IF you are wearing a dry suit and some butt-head with a rudder asks you to help him carry his kayak, be sure to take the bow and not the stern because the frayed cable ends of his stupid rudder will poke holes and cut into your expensive dry suit. If you are in the water around somebody with a rudder, be very aware of the dangers of the metal rudder hardware on their tail. It is as deadly as a stingray’s tail. If you get hit by it, you are going to hurt.
Look, rudder-kids, if you can’t paddle without a rudder, please stay in the kiddie pool with the other beginners. Practice until you can ride without training wheels, then maybe come paddle with the adults. Until then, please stay away and keep your clumsy hardware away from our boats and our bodies.