Jim McGilvray's Motorized W Fishing Kayak
test trip in his motorized W Fishing Kayak:
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Jim lives in
the middle of the
Norfolk Broads, in the United
Kingdom. He is an engineer working in the oil and gas
for a small independent Anglo-Irish oil company. He manages a
team of specialist technicians that are looking after the production
Jim tells the
story of his
motorized fishing kayak project:
-"Primary reason for my having the W yak is so I can go fish in the sea
and catch something. The motor is a convenience to get to the
sweet spots quicker thus
allowing short opportune trips rather than lengthy
can get in sharpish if the weather turns unexpectedly.
totally changes the boat into something quite different.
The outfit is work in progress, by no means finished. It will
look good and be more robust when I'm finished. I mounted the
boxy floats with the corner down, diamond fashion, so there is less
slapping than if it was flat side to the water. Plus there is
progressive buoyancy due to the taper if there is a leaning moment. All
nice and gentle. Most important in the sea where there will
lot more wave action; don't want to over stress.
I reckon the drag from having the outboard mis-trimmed is losing me
about 2 knots.
The outfit is great fun! It all goes
on and in the car, no trailer required. My daughters were
would be possible to water-ski off the back. That would
be pushing things a step too far but it certainly skims along at a good
his W paddling and
-"The paddling mode without floats is gentle and peaceful, gliding
around silently, sliding round bends and allowing covert observation of
the waterfowl and animals. Whereas the power mode is like
a motorbike - an off road trail bike. Yee Ha! Real
adrenaline stuff. That little 2.5 HP Suzuki engine is a
match for the W kayak, it only weighs 13 kg /29 pounds, and
very quiet being water cooled. "
-"I'm interested in fitting a sail system too. Built a sand
at school, and sailed it on dunes and beaches in Northeastern Scotland.
No petrol required but tough coming back into the wind..."
Jim designed and built this ingenious
flip over, all-terrain, push or pull trolley system for his W boat.
Jim's boat is equipped with a 2.5 HP, 4 stroke
outboard motor and a pair of outriggers that Jim designed and built
View of the bow
View of outrigger - still unpainted.
View of the stern with 2.5 HP Suzuki outboard motor on