Fisherman have long known the benefits of having an electric trolling motor. Quiet, clean, and maneuverable, with instant on/off/reverse makes it the perfect choice for fishing. Until recently, the main drawbacks have been limited run-time and battery weight. Enter technology! Various electric trolling motor manufacturers have introduced a new generation of of motors that can offer 4 or 5 times the run-time of previous models! All prior models will drain the battery at a constant rate, regardless of how fast you are going. The new models allow for variable speed with a corresponding variable battery draw. This is very significant in terms of run-time.
Now, enter the lithium-ion battery. At a fraction of the weight and size of a conventional deep-cycle battery, it will provide full power for several times longer than it’s counterpart. Couple this with a Maximizer motor, and you can literally fish ALL DAY on a single charge!
The total weight of the motor and 40ah battery is 30lbs. (A Honda 2hp and a gallon of gas is about 33lbs. in comparison.) This particular motor costs $230, and the battery and charger about $700, for a total of under $1000 (same as the for-mentioned Honda).
Small yet powerful – a lithium-ion battery conveniently located at the bottom of the W kayak’s hull on the side opposite to the motor
A side-mount works well with electric motors. The weight is evenly distributed (battery on one side of the kayak, motor on the other). It is very convenient to have the controls at your side, allowing you to sit in the middle of the kayak, and not have to reach behind you.
I am not an advocate of either gas or electric, as I have both, and will use them for different applications. However, for a day of fishing, my choice is clearly electric!
New generation trolling motor side mounted on a W fishing kayak. The motor side mount shown here is sold by Minnyaks
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For more information on electrifying your kayak, consult Wavewalk’s extensive articles on the subject, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to share my experiences.
My name is Linwood Crosby. I’m a little fella at 6 feet and 265 lbs, and I had my left knee replaced.
I venture to northern Maine, where I lived for 40 years, and do a lot of fly fishing in both remote ponds and large lakes, so this kayak is a lot more convenient than towing my 14 foot Jon boat.
Thank you for a kayak I feel I can safely fish out of.
I hadn’t been in a canoe or kayak for 5 years, so it took a little getting use to, but nothing major.
Easy in and easy out, and my feet stayed dry. Pretty cool, and it sure paddles well.
At first I found the seating a little slippery, due primarily to my left knee replacement and not being able to squeeze the seat enough, but I remedied,
that after I got my sea legs back and sitting higher -
After being out two more times I found that my replaced knee cap causes my left foot not stay in the proper position very long, under me, without discomfort, when paddling. I’m predominately a lefty. Sitting 1 inch higher on the saddle with the added pads [see picture] has helped. With the pads, I can put both feet directly under me, for a longer duration.
The stream near me, that I tried the Wavewalk on, is overflowing its banks from all the rain. I plan on going fishing in a pond near here, in a couple of days.
I got a real good running 1.2 hp GameFisher to try on it, as soon as I get more used to it.
The kayak is already outfitted with a transom mount.
Beautiful morning on the Broward. Caught some fly-bys of a Black Crowned Night Heron, Juvenile Little Blue Heron, Wood Stork and Pelican.
After two days on my new Kayak I was sore, but I had so much fun. I got a few good photos too. Learning what works and what doesn’t as far as photography support and outfitting. Birds move fast and are never where the bow is pointed so a tripod arrangement does not work well for me.
A Roseate Spoonbill liftoff – … It was a bit too bright and not optimum time to shoot but I was trying to see if I could sneak up on em’ – Not a problem with the wavewalk.
Here is how I rigged my Wavewalk.
Built a small platform in the bow with a plastic crate for my waterproof camera bag and other stuff (anchor, coast guard safety kit, gloves, etc).
I have a photographer’s Puffin Pad on the crate to help steady the camera for bow shots. Also installed some fishing rod holders fore and aft. For now I use a chair seat cushion also, getting a custom boat cushion made for it too.
I improvised my own paddle rack that also holds my Stickit anchor pole. I have plans to get a 2.3hp Honda engine later this week also. Been getting some good bird shots too, especially some of birds I have been trying to get for a while.
I wish the foam noodle came in duller colors though..birds can see the orange & yellow a mile away. Probably going to carry a small second canoe type paddle also for maneuvering in the tall marsh grass channels I go into..
Boby from Birkenhead is one of the 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.