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Motorized Fishing Kayak Or Personal Micro Skiff?

From a kayak angler’s standpoint, the question is whether to motorize your kayak or, not, and if the answer is ‘yes’, the next question is related to what type of motor – an electric trolling motor, or an outboard gas engine… and so on.
This website deals with such questions, and other kayak design and outfitting questions that are of interest to kayak anglers, but the reality out there is that when fishing is concerned, kayaks are the least popular and least appreciated of all boats, and for the overwhelming majority of anglers out there, fishing out of a kayak is simply not anything they’d be willing to consider, since for them, kayaks are too unstable, uncomfortable, and wet, and they don’t offer a range of travel that’s acceptable for anyone who fishes out of a motorboat, which is what most anglers in North America are used to do.
Telling such people you have a better kayak is somehow pointless, since for them, kayaks are just below the radar.
But if your fishing craft is so good that calling is a kayak is belittling it?
Moreover – what if when motorized, this watercraft can compete pretty well with small skiffs known as micro skiffs (microskiffs)? By competing we mean not being better in everything, because that’s already achieved in the domain of kayaks, but we mean being better in certain things, on par in others, and offering less as far as load capacity and number of passengers are concerned.
This is what the Personal Micro Skiffs concept does: It presents the W twin hull watercraft in the context of small, motorized fishing skiffs, in terms that anglers who use such motorboats and other small motorboats can relate to, and understand.

So if you’re looking for a small cartop skiff that’s portable, versatile, mobile, stable and comfortable that you could use offshore as well as in no motor zones (NMZ), you’d better have look at this new website called Personal Micro Skiff:  http://www.microskiff.us

Here’s the video featuring on that site:

Fishing Kayak Rigged With Electric Trolling Motor And High Seat

I now have rigged a Minn Kota electric trolling motor that works great for positioning an runs to a spot or back to dock. With the W, I can through it on the back of the F150 and get a 2-3 hour fishing trip in before dark.
This seat sits a little higher, and it’s much more comfortable than the rigid seat I had added before.
Ray

fishing kayak with seat and DIY rod holders TX

More about motorized fishing kayaks >

Aluminum Motor Mount For W Fishing Kayak

I have made some modifications to the motor mount designs out there, and this is what I have come up with. I have to thank Bruce Ramsey at Action Marine and Welding in Cape Coral for the fine aluminum work.
The wood used in the mount is Oak, which I will be treating with a Marine Grade Finish. I have added two bolts on each side for increased stability.
I also made some gaskets out of an old tire and cut them to fit between the mount plates and the Kayak to reduce any potential vibration and slippage.
The Oak was used on the mounting plate to increase traction for the motor. On the back side there are 2 layers of 1/2″ oak. One of the layers has 1 and 1/2″ holes cut out where the mounting screws for the motor can be inset. In the unlikely event of these bolts coming loose, this will prevent the motor from slipping to the side.
This is only designed for the 20″ Honda 2 HP.

Jeff Taubes, Florida

outboard motor on fishing kayak Cape Coral Florida

front of transom motor mount

back of motor mount

2hp outboard motor mounted on fishing kayak detail

DIY High Tech Fishing Kayak

Russ, from Connecticut, purchased a W502 in the fall of 2011, and installed a 2hp 4-cycle Honda outboard on it (read his initial motorized fishing kayak review >> ). Then came winter, which in New England is pretty long even in clement years, and Russ turned his W502 into a high tech fishing system –

Russ needs both types of motors (electric and gas) since some lakes & ponds are for electric motors only.

Russ installed a fish finder, compass, a radio, and racks to hold the paddle and push pole. He also put another bolt in each side of the motor mount, to make it more stable and rigid.
Russ also installed a small seat from a rowing machine on top of the W saddle, as well as two electromechanical jiggers. -“It’s overkill, but it’s what I want to fish” he says…
Russ plots out the lakes before he fish them, marking the outline of the proper depth for his type of fishing with buoys on his GPS screen.

1. work platform on top of fishing kayak saddle

Cutting board used as platform – the batteries are in the kayak’s hull tips

2. batteries at the bottom of fishing kayak hulls

Close up on batteries at the bottom of the hulls, for the trolling motor and jiggers. having a battery at the bottom of each hull acts as ballast, and stabilizes this fishing kayak.

3. fishing kayak cockpit with front deck and fish finder

Front deck, depth finder, platform with fishing tackle attached on both sides

5. stand for electric jiggers in fishing kayak

Platform and mount for the electromechanical jiggers

6. electric jiggers installed in fishing kayak

Jiggers installed – rear view with electric motor, jointed tiller extension, and seat

7. electric trolling motor mounted on fishing kayak transom mount

Long shaft electric motor, transom mount with additional piece, and security cable

10. front view of high tech fishing kayak

Rear view of Russ’ high tech fishing kayak. Note the motor shaft is secured with a bungee ‘W style’…

8. rear view of high tech fishing kayak

Russ’ high tech W fishing kayak. Note the eyelets on the hull sides are part of the 502 configuration, and that’s where you attach the XL flotation modules.