I am planning on purchasing the Hybrid Mill Creek 16.5 and was not sure if I should purchase the rudder kit. I usually paddle a 12' stripper canoe I build in 2007 or our Old Town 14.5 canoe. I have little experience with a kayak and I was concerned if the rudder kit was essential. Seems all the photo's I see have the rudder kit. I will usually be padding with the wife if that makes any difference.