All you do is put the power pole down half way and voila the man in the back of the boat doesn't have to maneuver around it anymore.I don't even have an anchor in my boat. No power pole either. The guys I know that have them love them. It is a pia for the back seater to have to maneuver around casting. On a kayak or canoe, that isn't a big deaL. I would think the manual would be great for a kayak.