-- Last Updated: Feb-22-13 8:45 AM EST --
One thing that people forget is that, with a paddler of the female persuasion, we are often reaching for that rudder control with smaller feet than guys. Having been thru that with my first sea kayak, even set up with SmartTrac so that the regular pedal was fixed, the sizes of feet to controls didn't always work out well. I was always doing more toe reach than my husband, who had the same system but feet but feet twice as big. He could just bend at the ankle, I had to contort a bit more to get the rudder control correctly.
If you add in the possibility that the boat is set up to make life easy for a taller person than the OPer, since we don't know what boat it is, it might be possible to ease the situation by moving the seat closer... except per later responses it doesn't do so.