Motorized kayaks

A motorized kayak is a kayak outfitted with a motor. Typically, motorized kayaks are used for fishing, as a motor offers the angler a longer range of travel for their fishing trips.
The most common type of motor used in fishing kayaks is an electric trolling motor powered by a battery that’s carried on board.
W kayaks are stable enough to be outfitted with electric motors as well as powerful outboard gas engines. The latter are often more dependable and useful than electric motors, especially for longer trips and for traveling in moving water, e.g. offshore and in adverse weather conditions.
More information on motorized kayaks »

John Fabina Checking an Outboard Motor For His W Fishing Kayak

John visited a boat show, and found this outboard motor that maybe could fit his W500 fishing kayak… or maybe not 😉
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very big outboard motor for W fsihing kayak...

John at a boat show, checking an outboard motor for his W500 fishing kayak

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More kayak fishing stories from John >

Wavewalk Kayak Transom Motor Mount For Motors Featuring a Short, 15″ Propeller Shaft

This product is discontinued

We do not recommend using any motor, gas or electric, whose propeller shaft is shorter than 20″, namely a full, long (standard L size).
The 20″ distance is measured from the inner top side of the motor’s clamp bracket to the ventilation plate above its propeller.

Wavewalk® Transom Motor Mount Model TMM 15 For motors featuring a short, 15″ propeller shaft

Our Wavewalk® kayaks can be outfitted with electric trolling motors, as well as small outboard gas engines.
While we recommend outfitting the Wavewalk® kayaks with motors featuring a long, 20″ propeller shaft, we’re aware of the fact that few small outboard gas engines on the market feature such long shafts, and most old and new small outboards available feature a shorter, 15″ propeller shaft.

We designed this version of the Wavewalk® Transom Motor Mount (TMM) for such short shaft motors:

kayak transom motor mount for 15" long propeller shaft

Unlike the motor mount for 20″ long shafts, this mount cannot be attached directly behind the cockpit, since that would prevent using the clamp screws that fasten the motor to the mount.
Therefore, this mount should be attached to the Wavewalk kayak at a few inches distance behind the cockpit’s rear end, in a manner that would make it possible for the user to tighten and loosen the clamp screws without experiencing any problem.
This distance depends on the type and size of clamps your motor comes with.

Kayak Compatibility: The TMM 15  motor mount fits Wavewalk® kayaks from the 500 and 570 series.

Motor Compatibility: The TMM 15 fits electric trolling motors and outboard gas motors up to 2.5 hp. Important: We recommend outfitting the motor with a long, articulated tiller extension that enables the driver to steer from the middle of the cockpit and not from its rear.

Material: The TMM 15  is crafted from 1″ thick Trex board.
Trex is an environmentally friendly, composite material made from recycled and reclaimed plastic, and reclaimed wood. No trees are cut down for the purpose of making Trex. This material is widely used as decking and railing material since it will not splinter, rot or deteriorate due to harsh weather or insects. Trex resists damage from moisture and sunlight, which makes it a better alternative to wood for this matter. Unlike wood, Trex requires no painting, coating or maintenance.

Dimensions: The TMM 15 is 4.25″ high and 20″ wide, and it weighs 5 lbs.

Attachment: This transom motor mount is easily attached to the Wavewalk® kayak by means of two bolts. We recommend attaching the TMM 15 as close as possible to the cockpit in order to improve stability, access to the motor’s controls, handling, steering and safety.
However, before deciding where to drill, you should check the following:
1. Does the distance allow for enough room for the motor’s clamp screws?
2. Does the distance allow for the motor to lock when its propeller shaft is in the upward position?

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Check before you mark and drill: A 15″ (short) shaft outboard motor attached to a TMM 15 transom mount before the holes for the mount’s bolts are drilled

Once you find the desired distance between the motor mount and the cockpit’s rear end, and attach the mount in its place, you may want to close the gap with a plate of wood, plywood, MDO or Trex, in order to prevent spray projected by the propeller shaft from entering the cockpit.

  • Price:  $95.
  • Shipping:

No extra charge when shipped together with a Wavewalk TM kayak
When shipped separately: $20 S&H in the continental US (48 states)
When shipped separately: $25 S&H to Canada and Alaska

2.5 hp outboard motor attached to a TMM 15 transom mount

2.5 hp outboard motor attached to a TMM 15 transom mount

Safety and Operation

Important:

Before going on a motorized trip, verify that the wide wooden bolt knobs that secure the motor mount to the boat are safely tightened to the maximum. Failing to tighten the bolt knobs could result in unwanted vibrations and noise. If you feel such unusual vibrations and/or hear unusual noise, stop the motor, turn around, and tighten the bolt knobs to the max.
Driving with loose bolt knobs is hazardous, similarly to driving with the motor’s clamp screws loose, and it could result in an accident.

Never operate the motor without the motor’s stop switch (“kill-switch”) attached to your arm.

For motor operation and maintenance please refer to the motor’s owner’s manual.

About Kayak Fishing In Tandem…

Whether we recommend kayak fishing in tandem is not an easy question to answer.
Essentially, kayaks are solo boats that do not lend lend themselves easily to tandem applications –
In principle, tandem kayak fishing is possible, since many kayaks are big enough to take two passengers on board. however, from a practical standpoint, having two anglers fishing out of a small vessel such as a kayak is problematic with regards to several aspects that require preliminary consideration, as well as constant attention:

First and foremost, kayak fishing in tandem involves a safety issue, because two passengers moving about in the cockpit or on the deck of a fishing kayak in an uncoordinated manner can easily destabilize it. in such case, it’s enough to have one passenger overreacting to cause the kayak to capsize. Obviously, having fishing rods, lures and sometimes even fish flying around in all directions in space that’s so severely restricted isn’t a good recipe for safety. In fact, it is dangerous.

The second problem to consider is convenience – Every angler wants and needs to have an unlimited range of motion around them, to allow them to perform basic things such as casting, reeling in, landing the fish, unhooking, and so on. Anglers must have a comfortable workspace for tying knots, attaching lures and bait, and doing other technical work involving handling of fishing gear, including sharp objects such as fishing hooks, and knives, which is hazardous in itself, without adding the fact that the angler is sitting in a small vessel, with a fishing partner a few feet away…
Besides, when you’re fishing in tandem, the last thing you want to deal with is your fishing lines getting entangled with those of your partner, and you certainly don’t want to be part of an accident involving someone getting poked in the eye by a misguided fishing hook, etc.. -The possibilities for a disaster are so numerous that it’s practically impossible to list them all in this article, but we assume the reader gets the point…

Kayak fishing in tandem is more complicated and more difficult than tandem kayak paddling, and we don’t fully recommend it, unless the crew is composed of one experienced adult kayak angler and one junior kayak angler, such as a child, who needs guidance and often even technical help with handling their fishing gear. In such case the obvious choice for a kayak is the W500 that features a 6 ft long cockpit, and a longitudinal seat that makes it possible for the two anglers to sit separated by a long span, but also to approach each other effortlessly and safely when they need to do something together, such as in case the experienced angler has to instruct the novice, or help them hands-on perform a fishing related task.
A small sized angler such as a child may get confused, or overexcited, but they’re unlikely to cause a severe balance problem that the second, bigger, and more experienced will find impossible to deal with.
A large size angler getting into some kind of trouble that would cause them to lose balance and tilt the kayak sideways is a totally different problem that the second crew member might not be able to correct, especially if they’re caught off guard.
This movie was shot by Jesse Martinez in his W500, during a fishing trip in which he took his two small kids on board:


More information about kayak fishing with children >>

Kayak fishing standing in tandem is even more problematic, and should be practiced only after both anglers have practiced tandem kayak fishing before, as well as stand up kayak fishing. Needless to say that the kayak used for this type of fishing should fit for such such activities. Note that vendors’ claims about their kayaks’ stability are often exaggerated, and should be viewed with both caution, common sense, and healthy skepticism. Before getting hooked on the idea of kayak fishing in tandem, remember that it’s you and your fishing buddy that are going to be sitting in kayak out there in the real world, and not some guys who got paid to demonstrate a fishing kayak in front of a camera.

Kayak fishing offshore in tandem is even more difficult, and hazardous, and we do not recommend it, unless both anglers are lightweight and very experienced with fishing together out of small boats, such as dinghies and canoes. Fishing in tandem out of a kayak equipped with a powerful motor, such as an outboard gas engine adds yet another level of risk, and in such cases you may consider outfitting your kayak with a pair of large size outriggers, such as this South Korean couple is using on an offshore fishing trip >>

Having said all that, tandem kayak fishing can be a lot of fun when both anglers get along with each other, and their combined weight isn’t too much for the kayak, as you can read in the following fishing trip report: Tandem kayak bassin with wifey, by Clint Miller »

Offshore, Motorized Kayak Fishing Trip on December 31st (Korea)

Sungjin reports about members of the South Korean Sea Dreamer Kayak Fishing club, who are avid anglers, courageous, and technically savvy: These guys outfitted their fishing kayaks with outriggers and outboard gas motors, and endured a kayak fishing trip in the ocean on December 31st, in very cold weather. The fishing expedition included a few traditional SOT kayaks, and a W500 kayak, which unlike the other kayaks, was operated by a crew of two.

offshore tandem fishing kayak with outriggers and an outboard gas engine, South Korea


 

More kayak fishing reports and innovations from Sungjin Kim, Korea >

Northern Kayak Fishing – Now The Blog

Several years ago, I was talking with Jeff McGovern about the kayak fishing phenomenon, and he predicted that unlike other fishing kayaks, the W will become as popular in the northern regions of the United States as in its southern regions.

Jeff grew up in Indiana, and he’d been fishing there out of canoes and small boats for many years, and since then he’s never missed his family’s annual fishing trip to Canada.

So why are fishing kayaks generally less popular among northern anglers compared to their higher popularity with southern anglers? It has to do with the climate up here, which is less clement than the southern climates.
This means both the water and weather are colder, and naturally, people don’t like the idea of getting wet and being exposed to the wind, which had been bundled with the kayak fishing concept since its inception, until the W kayak showed up on the scene, and changed things –
Canoes and dinghies offer their passengers better protection from the elements than sit-in, SOT and hybrid kayaks do, but the W kayak offers as much protection as canoes and dinghies offer, although it’s as lightweight as any fishing kayak (well, it’s lighter, in most cases), and it offers more advantages in terms of mobility, stability, ergonomics, storage, transportation, etc.

So far, anglers in colder regions had many important reasons why they should stick to their canoes, dinghies and motorboats, and not switch to fishing from kayaks, and the wetness and cold came on top of this list of arguments. This is not just a matter of convenience and health, but a matter of safety too: Hypothermia is a serious threat up here, and no one in their right mind would want to risk being in such a condition.

With the W500, these arguments are no longer valid, especially since it’s so also easy to mount an electric motor, or an outboard gas motor on it, and since the performance and convenience offered by such motorized fishing kayak are both considerable and evident.

Indeed, Jeff’s instincts proved to be right this time, as in other cases, and there has been basically no difference in the rate of adoption of the W kayak among northern kayak anglers, compared to that of southern kayak anglers.

We recently launched a new blog called Northern Kayak Fishing, which focuses on fishing from kayaks in colder regions. So far, Rox, Sungjin, John F, Gary T, and Jeff registered as contributing authors to this new blog, and we hope more will follow (and contribute too…) 😀

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