Boby from Birkenhead is one of the local Wavewalk owners who has motorised it.
I am fiddling around with it as I go or as I need to.
I made up an outboard aluminum bracket to takes short and long shaft motors. I have 3.5 HP 4 strokes short shaft on it at the moment (actuator plate level with the kayak hull) but its too powerful and water can splash up when it go a bit faster when is choppy day (need spray skirt for this).
The outboard bracket is made from 5mm ALI plate and hollow box section – weight approx 3kg (6.5 lbs)
I’m looking around for 2nd hand 2HP 4 strokes long shaft (actuator plate will be 3″ to 5″ lower than kayak hull) hoping to eliminate water splash up problem.
I have my anchor system, trolley, paddle holder, etc sorted.
I am still thinking of the best way to mount a fish finder.
The front bar of the rod holder battery is 1″ stainless with an eye bolt in the middle. It goes between the 2 “Scotties” (rod holders) side holes. It is my anchor rope holder. It work really well in strong current and much better than kayak anchor trolley.
With regard to the splashing, I wonder if (a) the motor mount is too high for a short shaft motor and (b) the motor is just too big.
Auckland, New Zealand
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