I have had the kayak out twice so far. The first time was for about an hour and did not go too far. I went out on Friday to a lake and was on the water for about 4 hours and went about 4 1/2 miles. It was a beautiful day on the lake.
It does not take long to get used to using the kayak. This is going to be great for what I bought it for and that is fishing. I can carry all my equipment and move around and change hooks and lures easily.
Had to paddle into a little wind on the way back on Friday. No problem as the kayak cut through the waves and no bouncing over the waves.
I am happy with my purchase and plan on getting out even more now.
When I picked up the Kayak and we had it in the van, I could not see out the right hand window so when I arrived at my friends I strapped it to the roof. I was worried that I would not be able to see vehicles coming onto the highway from entrance ramps. I have now got it down pat to strap to the roof. The eye hooks on the motor mount work great for strapping down one end of the kayak.
I had the motor on the Kayak for the first time today. Must say it takes a little getting used to but did great.
Just one point though, the mount for the short shaft motor should be placed to the rear a little more as the motor will not tilt up and lock in place. I think the tension screw will be enough to hold it up so it does not fall back into the water. I had no problem with it staying in place.
I do have a video from yesterday as this was my first time with the motor:
I was impressed with the way the kayak cut though the waves. There was no bouncing around going through the waves.
It takes a little getting used to using the motor. I like the fact that I have the option of using a motor. It just makes the kayak more versatile.
I do like it better without the motor, but the motor will have its time and place when using the kayak.
Finally, I was able to try out my new motor. It was a little hard getting it started, but after that, it ran fine.
In officially, I am the new speed record holder in a W boat! I used my IPhone app, and it said I was doing 13 mph! I had two friends who witnessed it from shore, who said that I might need some ballast up front to keep the nose out the air! I was sitting on the middle in my seat, and didn’t feel the least bit “out of control”, in fact it was quite smooth! I am going to make some trim adjustments, because my transom did get a little “low” in the water. I was not using a third of the throttle yet, ( still doing the “break-in thing), but as I gave it a little more throttle, my motor mount cracked almost in half! Thankfully, I had tied a small rope around the motor to an eyelet up closer to the original transom area, so I was able to let it “idle” and get it back to the dock. The pictures show the damage.
I think the foam (sides), may be a game changer. There was not one bit of wavering from side to side as my speed increased. I was sitting directly in the middle of the cockpit, and steering with a U-joint tiller extension.
Okay. Next is to scrap my seat, get another motor mount, and adjust my trim… I should have my Hero 3 camera set-up and mounted by then to have tangible evidence of my speed claim as well.
Got my motor in last week. It’s a 6-hp Tohatsu Sail-Pro with a 20″ shaft and a 5 amp alternator. I’m going to mount my gas tank at the very front end of the saddle to help balance it out. I’m going to purchase a small battery and mount it in the rear to run my lights and fish finder. I ordered a go-pro camera and a mount, so I’ll (hopefully) be able to send you some action shots in a couple of weeks.
Thanks again for all of your support. I’ll send more photos after I get it rigged up, before I put it in the water.
Even though I ordered the 20″ shaft, does the cavitation plate look a little low to you?
This can be an interesting DIY project for a fisher who owns a W kayak outfitted with a gas outboard motor who’s looking to prevent spray from getting into the cockpit while driving through waves at high speed, or when a strong frontal wind blows spray in.
It’s a cool alternative to using a tarp as a cockpit cover.
Attaching and detaching it takes a few seconds, and it can be done from within the kayak’s cockpit, while the fisher is on the water.
Storing this windshield on board is easy too. It’s just a 4ft long and 1ft high, lightweight plastic board that fits in one of the W kayak’s hull tips.
The crystal clear transparent material used for it is 0.096″ thick Acrylite, and its dimensions are 48″ x 12″. It’s a bit hard to cut without breaking it, but working with a box cutter eventually creates a groove deep enough for breaking the board along the line. You can also cut it with a jigsaw that has a thin blade with small teeth.
This windshield style spray deflector is then outfitted with lashing hooks that allow for attaching it to the top front part of the cockpit by using the bungee cord and hooks that are already in place as part as the preparation for cockpit cover (tarp). You may need to tighten the bungee (shock cord) in order to make it hold the windshield better.
Mapi Outboards is a US company based in Miami, Florida. It distributes in the US a range of small outboard motors that it outsources in China.
The motor sizes range from 2.6 to 25 HP, and they are water cooled.
Mapi’s 2.6 HP and 4 HP outboards feature both short (15″) and long (20″) propeller shafts, which makes them suitable for our W kayaks.
The 4-stroke 2.6 HP Mapi outboard has a 72CC displacement chamber and it weighs 37.4 lbs.
According to Joe Otero, Mapi’s founder, this model goes for $725.
Interestingly, Mapi also offers an outboard steering system:
As far as fun goes, outfitting your motorized W kayak with such a thing looks promising!
Note that while our W kayaks work well with 15″ (short) outboard models, and we even offer a motor mount for them, we recommend using 20″ (long) models for better access to the controls and easier steering.