Installation & Performance – Installing Electric Trolling Motor on Kayak

Installation & Performance – Installing Electric Trolling Motor on Kayak


Hi, I’m Roger. I’m cruising along in my recently modified
Jackson Kayak. I’ve installed an electric trolling motor. The installation was quick and easy, steering and stability a slightly different story. Watch on and I’ll explain why. Installation consisted of securing a 2 by
4 with screws, and anchoring the battery in a box. Mounting hardware came with the box. The motor has 30 pounds thrust or 30 amps. The battery is 75 amp hour. I got about 90 minutes on it today and expect
I’ll get over two hours of motoring. I ran it at full throttle for most of the
90 minutes. Steering causes bit of tipping and is slightly limited. The position of the motor creates side thrust,
so the boat will rock a bit on turns. A sharp turn at full throttle will really
rock the boat. So, I was very careful with that. Wide turns require extra space. So, I helped along by paddling. Again, the side mount position is likely why. I would have went with a background but then
I couldn’t reach it for steering and mainly tipping it up and
down. Switching from Electric to paddling is also
fairly easy. The motor flips up fairly quickly, and it’s
not too bad. It’s out of the way enough that you can paddle
fairly easily without too much restriction. Note that I turn the handle around when tilting,
so it doesn’t dip into the water. The speed is slightly lower than I thought
but I’m fine with that. Overall. I’d say I’m very happy with the system so far. The cost of the battery, motor and
a little bit of hardware for mounting it costs roughly 250 dollars and it gets me to
where I want to go so that I can paddle around for fishing and
hunting instead of burning up all my energy getting
to where I want to be.

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