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Putting an Electric Motor on my Kayak

Putting an Electric Motor on my Kayak

 

A trolling motor with a shorter shaft no longer the 30" is essential for every kayak-owner. There are many benefits of putting an electric motor on your kayak. Not only will you be able to enjoy consistent fishing or trolling speed, but also hands-free, effortless fishing anytime you feel like it. Because you won't have to paddle with your kayak the whole day, you can spend longer periods in the water.

When putting an electric motor on my kayak, check your state laws with regards to whether or not you are allowed to attach a motor to your kayak. You can create a mount or buy a kayak with a transom mount to attach your motor to, such as this one:

NuCanoe kayak if transom mount

Kayak motors with easy solutions for mounting is the best way to go. After all, the last thing you want is to put too many holes in your kayak. Transom mounts are trolling motors that mount to a boat's transom. This is in contrast to bow mounts that pull boats through the ocean.

If you are trying to buy a kayak with a transom mount or add one to your existing kayak, look no further. Whether you need a removable mount or not, one thing is for sure and that is the fact that your kayak will become much more useful and go much further after you attach the transom mount. Look for a mount with a clever design and flexibility that will transform your kayak into a paddle-only water vehicle into a fast, motorized craft in just thirty seconds. The transom mount is a bracket that will fit almost every kayak model and is suitable for almost all types of transom mounts. Add camera mounts and even rod holders behind the cockpit for even greater versatility.

Needless to say, trolling on fishing kayaks is a great technique for fishing. To do this properly, get a motor for kayak fishing. Trolling motors have an electric motor, a controller, and is a self-contained unit with a propeller. It can be mounted on a kayak as well as other larger or smaller boats. The kayak will be powered by the motor so you can focus on fish-catching rather than all the paddling. Also, you can more easily position your kayak when you have a kayak motor.

Knowing your boat's loading capacity will help determine how much of the required thrust is necessary for moving it forward. Beyond a loading capacity of 1500-lbs will mean at least thirty pounds of thrust to keep things moving forward. For kayaks that are larger and weight up to four thousand pounds, an 80-lb pound will be necessary. Most single-person fishing kayaks only need eighteen or twenty-four pounds of electric motor thrust.

Learn all the varied factors involved in finding the perfect kayak motor, since these are not pre-installed. When looking for a kayak motor as an affordable addition to your experience with kayak fishing, there are a few things to keep in mind.

Your Kayak Motor

One of the most important factors is to figure out where to install the kayak motor. These can be mounted on your kayak's bow or transom. You will find electric motors for trolling on small kayaks attached to the transom because these can be operated while seated and are easier to fit. Beginners may take a while to get used to the steering when they first attach it, but once you get the hang of it, you will be able to do it even without thinking.

Find the right type of motor for the type of water you plan to fish in. Those who plan to fish in saltwater will need a motor for their kayak that operates in salty water. When using a kayak motor in an environment with saltwater, durability, and maximum work efficiency are the most important considerations. Look for a motor for your kayak made of materials that don't rust. This will help you enjoy a more long-lasting, durable water. An electric motor made for saltwater will be perfect for both saltwater and freshwater use.

Battery Size

 What size battery do you need? You can take longer trips with a larger battery and even a fish finder. Remember, the size of your kayak does matter. Determine the amount of battery power and thrust your kayak requires. There are three ratings that kayak motors come in and these are thirty-six volts, twenty-four volts, and twelve volts. A kayak that is sixteen feet long with requires a motor of twelve volts. On the other hand, kayaks that are nineteen feet long will require a thirty-six-volt version.

Most fishing kayaks only use a twelve-volt smaller motor. Of course, the number of kayak motor batteries you will need will depend on your kayak's available space. You will need a motor that fits in your kayak with batteries that won't be too large. Many times, small fishing kayaks only need electric motors with a maximum of two batteries.

Vmax 34 HR batter for your kayak

VMAXZTANKS VMAX 12-Volt Battery Marine Deep Cycle Hi-Performance Battery

This battery can be bought in a kit or by itself. Featuring a maintenance-free operation, you won't have to add water to any VMAX tanks. There is no need to check electrolyte specific gravity either. The heavy-duty grids provide an additional service life and performance margin. The easy dimensions will fit nicely and conveniently in your kayak. If you plan to use conventional batteries, make sure you build a battery box that is waterproof and well-insulated.

Lithium 10ah 12v battery

 Lighter Lithium Batteries

You can also opt for lighter lithium batteries which give you longer lasting power. Typical thirty-six-volt setups for trolling motors are run on three twelve-volt marine battery sets to get thirty-six volts. As they lose voltage, conventional marine batteries become drained, causing a trolling engine to lose its thrust. The batteries won't be able to produce the needed voltage for motor power once they reach fifty percent. Even with fifty percent capacity left in them, the trolling motor will think the batteries are drained. In contrast, lithium batteries can be recharged to full capacity five times more than deep cycle conventional marine batteries. Plus, lithium batteries weight half as much as regular batteries. It comes as no surprise that many kayak owners prefer lithium batteries.

Additional resources on batteries for your kayak: https://www.kayakpaddling.net/trolling-motor-battery-kayak/

Building A Battery Box

To make your own battery box this needs to be watertight. Collect the materials you will need including the batteries, negative wire, three-amp in-line fuse, female slide connectors, marine plugs, marine goop, Di-electric grease and a watertight box. Also, use liquid electrical tape and a pad for gardening, which you can also use for your transducer mounts. Naturally, the first step would be to put the battery into the box and fit all the things together. Do not start cutting until you are sure about the positioning. Drill a hole that fits your plug. The smaller the hole, the better. Once you drill the hole, attach the wiring to the plug and add in the female connecting sets.

Additional resources for building a battery Box: 
http://www.theplastichull.net/2014/04/diy-electronics-battery-dry-box/

Additional Controls

 If you are building a control arm for steering your kayak: consider adding pedals or hand controls. Some purists believe that a kayak that is well-designed should be steered easily by paddle strokes and hull steering. For design flaws, you can add rudders to your boat. Not only will you get extra steering using your feet, being able to effortlessly steer your kayak is a cool idea. You can use your hands for eating lunch, taking photos, and handling a fishing rod. Rudders reduce the yaw of each kayak paddling stroke. Thus, you get more efficiency in moving forward with every stroke.

On longer kayaks, rudders help you keep yourself on course without having to apply corrective strokes. Rudders are essential for tandem kayaks so that you don't have to coordinate every stroke just to turn the craft. Essentially, rudders improve your tracking dramatically. You can even transform an extremely difficult kayak to one that will be easy to steer. Most of all, rudders make learning how to use a kayak much easier. You can concentrate on all the other stuff going on and not have to worry about keeping your boat on course.

If you are looking for a trolling motor with a shorter shaft no longer the 30" check out these nifty gadgets:

 Watersnake 18 for a kayak

1-Watersnake ASP 18 Transom Mount

This simple, lightweight transom mount has a twenty-four-pound thrust and a twenty-four-inch shaft. This motor weighs just over two kilograms and ideally powers inflatable boats, small dinghies, canoes, and kayaks. You can carry your craft to the water with ease with an engine this lightweight. The low and high-speed controls let you go as fast or as slowly as you want to. There are a reverse and power switch with a handle that you can extend to steer easily. The propeller has two blades and is a weedless design. This universal design is versatile and is perfect for most kayaks.


Newport vessels kayak series trolling motor

2-Newport Vessels Kayak Series 36-ln Transom Mount

This trolling electric motor features a twenty-four-inch shaft made of fiberglass that lets you adjust the placement according to variable depth. There is an eight variable speed with five forwards and three reverse speeds. The six-inch handle telescopes so that you are in control of your rid all the time. Durable enough and rated for saltwater, you can use this engine for both salt and freshwater easily. This saves you the trouble of having to get two separate engines. The motor is made of stainless steel hardware, zinc, corrosion-resistant magnesium, and an all-aluminum head.

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