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so, I did a thing. fishing kayak modification.

Discussion in 'Boating & Fishing' started by aficianado, Dec 24, 2023.

  1. Dec 24, 2023 at 7:22 AM
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    aficianado

    aficianado [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I went and put a Newport Vessels motor on the back of my Hobie Outback. install was fairly easy, and it works. I still have to buy a few chingaderos I didnt realize I needed. mostly wiring BS. I need some quick elec disconnects. I didnt buy them earlier because I am still not sure where my battery is going. the battery only weighs 24lbs, but I still want it to not put my kayak into some weird balance thing. if I can, I will install it inside the hull up front. but I do think it will be nose heavy.

    I am healthy and I can both paddle and pedal well, but some parts of some lakes are stupid far..and I like options. I don't plan to use the motor except at Clearlake, and larger. local lake will be powered by me, still.

    pics later. I have wires everywhere now.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2023 at 7:59 AM
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    There better be.

    :worthless:
     
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  3. Dec 24, 2023 at 4:43 PM
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    Tallgrass05

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    Do you have to register your kayak once it has a motor?
     
  4. Dec 24, 2023 at 4:52 PM
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  5. Dec 24, 2023 at 4:55 PM
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    But not many do.
     
  6. Dec 24, 2023 at 7:28 PM
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    I will. I have an appointment at DMV coming up.
     
  7. Jan 12, 2024 at 7:40 PM
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    Pics this weekend. Installed. The toughest part was the battery quick disconnects. The terminals require a very substantial crimping tool. Nothing in my tool box qualified. Well I could have flattened it with a sledge hammer.


    I got a buddy to help. Crimps are okay. . Not perfect.
    I’ll run it at Clearlake Sunday. Rain tomorrow.

    I’m not going to say the DMV was an enjoyable experience, but it wasn’t awful. My kayak is registered. :)
     
  8. Jan 15, 2024 at 6:20 AM
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    Pics!

    I have a few things to work out. First I seem to have the motor sticking into the water too deep. I didn’t anticipate the rear dipping much under power. I’m also going to relocate my battery forward about a foot.

    I won’t use the motor all the time. But at 50% throttle,and me gently kicking the pedals, I can go 5mph.

    battery life is seemingly “forever “

    1. IMG_1493.jpg IMG_1496.jpg IMG_1495.jpg
     
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  9. Jan 16, 2024 at 6:26 PM
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    Nice! Cant wait for warmer weather here.. I hate fishing in the cold...
     

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