Kayaking is a ton of fun and it can also be extremely addictive. In addition to that, it can help keep you in great physical shape. But sometimes you may not want to have to do the work yourself, and anglers have often wondered: can you motorize a fishing kayak? Turns out you can, and many are turning to this option in order to save their arms and shoulders from constantly having to paddle!
Let’s talk about a few simple tips to get you started on your journey of motorizing a fishing kayak, and a few things you should take into consideration!
Find a Motor
While electric trolling motors are going to be the most common option for motorizing fishing kayaks, these are not the only option available. In addition to electric motors, you also have larger, gas-powered outboard motors that you would find on smaller boats. But are these bigger motors better? Many times they are actually too heavy and big to be properly used by a smaller kayak. But if you can find a small, 2 to 5 horsepower motor, you could use this properly.
Again, electric motors are the most popular option as they are small, light, and cheaper. Of course, you will not get as much power or speed out of them as a gas-powered motor but for fishing purposes, these things are generally not that important.
Where to Mount a Motor
Figuring out where to mount a trolling motor on a kayak is not as simple as most people think. Luckily you have a few different options of where to mount a motor on a fishing kayak. One of the most popular options is to mount trolling motors at either side of the bow, as well as at the transom of your kayak. Just avoid mounting motors at the side gunwales, as this will not give you reliable direction and power.
Hardware and Supplies
Mounting trolling motors is very easy and simple, and most will actually come with the hardware necessary to mount them without any additional supplies or tools needed. If you decide to go with a gas-powered option, finding the right hardware and mounting tools is going to be much more complicated. It can still be done, but make sure you are prepared for a bigger project.
Besides electric trolling motors that mount easily to the sides or back of a kayak, other motors will need to be locked down and then checked for leaks or holes in the actual kayak when you are done. When your work is complete, make sure you test out your kayak in a safe and controlled environment!
Motorizing your fishing kayak can be a lot of fun and keep your arms fresh for fishing instead of tired from paddling. If you have never considered motorizing your kayak, you may want to look into different motor options!
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