Electric trolling motors can be energy-saving on kayaking trips, but once the battery dies, a unfortunately common situation, you may find yourself stuck a sizable distance from your initial launching spot. When this occurs, you will have no other choice but to paddle your fishing kayak, with a cumbersome battery on board, all the way back the way you came, possibly against wind and/or current. In addition, the propeller of the electric trolling motor tends to become entangled in submerged fishing lines, seaweed, and other underwater obstacles, especially in shallow water, a common locale to go fishing with your kayak.
You may want to use a two cycle engine, but small, two cycle outboard gas motors have a propensity for unreliability, and are notoriously difficult to start. To add insult to injury, they are particularly stinky, and often irritatingly loud. Such motors can be especially problematic when taking your fishing kayak in shallow water.
It’s plain common sense that people don’t get stronger with age, and many senior anglers find they can’t go fishing from kayaks because they don’t have the strength necessary to paddle long distances and in inclement conditions, such as against the wind, or current.
Taking all of these problems into consideration, such senior kayak anglers may be interested by a new method of motorizing fishing kayaks and other small water craft, which involves utilizing a gas engine to create a powerful stream of air, rather than the traditional set up of a rotating propeller in the water. In addition, the motor used is a sleek, modern, 4-cycle (4 stroke) engine that is a cinch to start, easy to maintain,lacks the need for mixing oil and fuel, does not create odorous fumes, and is quieter. All of this superior performance is achieved without it being heavier than a 2 stroke engine of the same size:
If you’re seeking to provide your kayak with even more power and speed you can also paddle while the motor is running. There’s no requisite to hold the tiller (steering handle) if going in a straight line, and you can simply steer with your paddle, making occasional adjustments in the tiller’s position.
The new motor setup is lightweight enough to allow you to place the outfitted kayak on your car top with no danger or hassle. Most importantly for your wallet however, this setup uses a converted backpack leaf blower that will run you a mere $200, so it wouldn’t be very pricey to rig your fishing kayak with one.