Various vendors offer clamp mounts for electric trolling motors, for canoes. Some of these motor mounts fit our W500 kayak.
Here is an example of such mount that works with our W500:
The main advantages of this type of motor mount are -
The steering handle is conveniently located on your side, and does not require that you turn sideways or backward, or hold your arm behind your back. This is an easy way to steer by hand, and it’s good from an ergonomic standpoint.
Quick and Easy to Install
You attach this motor mount to your W500 fishing kayak using two clamps – It’s quick (takes about 1 minute), easy (no tools needed), and does not require that you drill holes in the hull.
1. You can attach the motor on either side of your W fishing kayak, and easily switch sides. This can be an advantage especially if there’s a strong side wind blowing.
2. You can easily and quickly dismount the motor mount, and store it, as well as the electric motor in the W500 hull tips. It’s convenient in case you no longer feel like using the motor, or if you’re going in very shallow water where the propeller might be stuck, or damaged, or in water where seaweed is abundant, and where paddling works better than trolling with a motor.
DIY Clamp Mounted Mount For Electric Trolling Motor
Here is a schematic description of an easy to make DIY clamp mount for an electric trolling motor for your W500 fishing kayak:
Motor Mount Safety Device:
You can mount the vertical part of the motor mount on a hinge (see figure below), so that in case the motor hits an underwater obstacle, it would bounce up, thus reducing or altogether avoiding possible damage to it -
The clamp mount for trolling motor featuring in Jim’s video is offered with an optional outrigger, with an adjustable height system. This device enables driving the kayak with the outrigger outside the water. Note: An outrigger is not a must-have, and you can drive the motorized W500 without it, as shown in the video. However, an outrigger may be useful in case you’re outfitting your W500 with a heavier, more powerful gas powered outboard motor.
Here is an example of an electric trolling motor mounted on such a mount:
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More options: Transom motor mount for electric and gas motors
Wavewalk offers two standard transom motor mounts for its W500 kayak series – The TMM 20 for long shaft motors (20″), and the TMM 15 for short shaft (15″) motors. These transom mounts are easy to install, and since they’re attached in the center of the kayak they can support heavier and more powerful engines. Steering is done conveniently from the middle of the cockpit, by using a long tiller extension outfitted with a U joint (articulated tiller extension). Keep reading >