Got the Dagger Drift mail order from Outdoorplay.com. Good service and pricing due to holiday sales. The rudder arrived without any instructions. Vendor said Dagger doesn't provide instructions if the rudder is ordered at the same time as you buy the boat. Go figure. I am waiting for info from Dagger, as the rudder kit has perhaps 50 parts, including screws, cables, foot pedals and brackets. Thank goodness it is winter time and I can wait. I agree the bow seat is held in place by cheap and insecure plastic thumbscrew. The bow seat slips back when you lean back. Other aspects of the boat seem fine--materials, seats, etc.
Dagger has apparently put together clear instructions with photos to install the rudder on the Drift (and possibly other models). This according to Outdoorplay.com, from whom I bought the boat.
However, it may not be just a matter of instructions. The rudder kit seems to be an assortment of parts, possibly, for the Calypso model. I had a local kayak shop put on the rudder, and the technician reported that he needed to add cable, cable holder brackets and and a few other minor bits of hardware to get the kit to fit on the boat. He was able to figure it out only because he has done dozens of rudders. I would have gone nuts.I looked for quit a while for a tandem recreational kayak. Went for the Dagger Drift after using a demo. We took the kayak on seven large lakes in Wyoming which were located in the Tetons, Wind Rivers, Yellowstone and one in Canada. Camped with my wife for three days on Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone. Not enough room for large camp items only small and light weight back packing equipment.
We found the Drift to be very stable, fairly fast for a wide recreational Kayak, tracks quit well, and big enough for two adults to enjoy with camping gear, and realy quit easy to turn. When in strong cross winds a rudder would be very nice. You spend alot of effort and energy keeping your course in the wind and after several days it adds up. Dagger really needs to develop a splash skirt for the Drift. With water at 45 degrees at Shoshone Lake you need all the help you can get to prevent swamping. Let me comment on two other item that Dagger needs to improve on the Drift. THE FRONT SEAT WILL NOT STAY IN PLACE WITH THAT MICKEY MOUSE SPRINKLER PIPE THEY PUT ON WITH A SCREW. SECOND, THE DIRECTIONS TO MOUNT A RUDDER ON THE DRIFT ARE REALY HARD TO FOLLOW. DAGGER NEEDS TO IMPROVE THE INSTRUCTION FOR MOUNTING HARDWARE. POSSIBLY MORE ILLUSTRATIONS WITH BETTER VERBAL DISCRIPTION MAY HELP! If it were not for the front seat and the terrible rudder instruction I would given the Drift a rating of 10.