My S4 running a Torqeedo 1103 electric motor

Torqeedo 1103 mounted on Wavewalk S4

By Noah P.


I finally got the Torqeedo 1103 out for a run. 2 people, motor and gear put us at 450-500 lbs. The torqeedo at top speed, calm lake, gave us 5.5-6 mph.  All went well. The boat/motor combo was responsive and smooth. I do like that with the electric motor, when you have it turned off it is truly off vs the neutral on a gas outboard that still gives a bit of forward propulsion. I used the torqeedo as a trolling motor as we moved around the outskirts of the lake.

I am attaching pictures of what I decided to use for securing the oars to the boat. Most oar holders seemed a bit flimsy for what I wanted. I found these koplin ATV rhino grips used to secure axes/shovel etc to a ATV. They work perfectly to hold the oars and there is basically zero chance of them falling out. I also attached the metal loops shown to clip the oar lanyard into for an added security measure in case the oar is dropped when you are pulling it out of, or putting it into the holders.

We caught a fish!

Paddle attached

Paddle holder

My S4 kayak with 2 Wavewalk paddles

The Torqeedo 1103 mounted at the stern of my Wavewalk S4 kayak

Front view of my S4 motor kayak

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4 thoughts on “My S4 running a Torqeedo 1103 electric motor”

  1. Thanks Noah,

    Looks good!
    I’m glad to hear that you’re expanding your use of your S4, and getting more from it.
    Calm lakes and ponds are where electric motors shine.
    Under such conditions, this kind of top speed is what you’d get from a lightweight 2 HP outboard gas motor. But speed is not everything, of course.

    Have fun, and keep us updated,


  2. Yoav……..the smallest gas motor I’ve seen is about 3 hp which weighs about 30 lbs. What make is the 2 hp motor you mention and how much does is weigh?

  3. Gary,

    My old air-cooled 20″ long shaft (L) 2 HP Honda outboard weighed 29 lbs. It was a very nice motor that Honda later reclassified as 2.3 HP.

    I saw some 2.5 HP outboard motors out there that looked interesting, but they are heavier.


  4. Sorry, Yoav…….I was thinking that the smallest Honda was 3.2 hp instead of 2.3.

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