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Fishing Kayak With 2hp Outboard Motor – Offshore

Here’s a recently produced movie showing a W fishing kayak outfitted with a 2hp 4-cycle Honda outboard motor, at the beach.
In this configuration, this kayak is a car top motorboat, eliminating the need for a trailer. It can be dragged on the beach, as well as on dirt, rocks and grass, which in most cases eliminates the need for transportation wheels.
Passengers and gear can stay dry due to the high free board, in combination with the cockpit cover. The kayak seen here is outfitted with extra large flotation modules on both sides, so it it happens to capsize, it should keep floating, even with the outboard motor mounted on it.
launching this watercraft is easy from any location, due to the fact that it benefits from triple propulsion: motorized, paddling, and poling (with the W paddle).
This motorized fishing kayak can even take a second passenger on board, although they may occasionally get splashed, as the 2hp outboard drives the boat at a 7mph speed.
This unique, patented twin-hull watercraft offers enough stability without adding stabilizers to it, and the driver is seen standing up while driving it, even in the presence of mild waves.
Steering is easy and intuitive, through an articulated tiller extension. This is particularly effective with this Honda motor, because it is controlled through its tiller grip handle.

More information about motorizing fishing kayaks >

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.

Kayak Design: The Difference Between Addressing a Problem, or Tackling It, and Solving It

Design isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s first and foremost about solving problems.
Yes, this is not a mistake – I wrote SOLVING problems, and not addressing problems, or ‘tackling’ problems, which are expressions that are commonly found in marketing hype for all kayak types, including fishing kayaks.

And that makes a fundamental difference, because when you tackle, or address a problem, it’s still there after you’re done – You may have created a design that emphasizes stability a little more, but its users will have to pay a price in reduced speed and worse tracking, and still not paddle a kayak that’s sufficiently stable…
But when you solve a problem, it’s gone: It’s no more a problem.
Similarly, you may ‘tackle’ the problem of kayak back pain (a.k.a. ‘Yak Back’), or ‘address’ this problem by various means ranging from stuffing more foam in the kayak’s seat, or gel, or replacing the stuffed seat by a beach seat, or stadium seat adapted to kayaks, and yet, the problem of poor ergonomics will still be there, and this is bound to make the kayaker’s life miserable.

These examples illustrate the issue called the ‘envelope’ of a boat concept. In this case, it’s the broad boat concept called ‘mono-hull kayak’, or ‘single hull kayak’, and the families of solutions found within its envelope are generally described as Sit-In Kayak (SIK), Sit-On-Top Kayak, and Hybrid Kayak.

Being an extreme concept by nature (small size, narrow beam for paddling, light weight for carrying, etc.) this concept is most restrictive, which is why the serious problems it presents can be addressed and tackled, but no solved.

Does it mean such major cannot be solved? Not necessarily, but in order to solve them, the designer has to work within another paradigm, or boat concept, and explore a range of solutions available within its envelope. In the case of kayaks, such alternative concept exists, and it is known as W Kayak.
If you’re interested to know more more about how the major problems of fishing kayaks got solved, and not just addressed, or tackled, learn about W Fishing Kayaks >>

Fishing Kayaks With Rowing Oars

Rowing allows us to use the larger muscles in our back and legs, and thus we can generate more power with a set of oars than with a paddle. Rowing is a low impact sporting activity, and it’s far less likely to hurt your back and legs than traditional kayaking in the L posture would. Since paddling W kayaks in the Riding posture doesn’t hurt your back, neither does rowing them.
Rowing offers you to exercise your legs, back, arms, abdomen and chest.
Despite the mechanical advantage of rowing, it is not popular for recreational touring and for propelling small, recreational fishing boats such as canoes and kayaks.
This can be attributed to rowing requiring a better technique, to the fact that in most cases rowing implies that you face the direction from which you came rather than the direction to which you’re going, and to the fact that rowing boats need to be bigger and often heavier than kayaks.
But rowing has its fans among people who fish from small boats such as canoes and dinghies, and even from kayaks.

The W kayak naturally lends itself to rowing, due to its unrivaled stability, and its high saddle that allows for the effective use of the passengers’ legs.

Paddle / Rowing Oars System For Quick Kayak Position Adjustments For Fishing Fast Species, By Brandon Cutter

Here is an example of a rowing setup for a W300 kayak used for offshore fishing in Cape Cod, Massachusetts: The oars are made from a two-piece, extra long, double-blade canoe paddle. When the angler wants to paddle, all he has to do is assemble the paddle. Town people can paddle this kayak using the two pieces of this paddle separately, as single-blade (canoe) paddles.  More about this fishing kayak rowing system >>

fishing kayak oars rowing position

paddle perpendicular storage

Rowing Oars For W Fishing Kayak, by Jim Luckett, SailBoatsToGo

Jim Luckett is a professional designer who offers an out of the box rowing oars kit for the W500 fishing kayak.
Jim’s product is lightweight, efficient, and easy to install. More about this W fishing kayak rowing oars setup >


W500 Fishing Kayak Rigged With Rowing Oars, by Dave Baumbaugh, Pennsylvania

Dave Baumbaugh tried paddling his W500, and even stood up and paddled, but he also a set of oar locks on it, and was amazed by how fast and effortless rowing it was:


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Bass Fishing Kayak With Rowing Oars and Outriggers, by Wayne Taylor, Florida

Due to his advanced age and balance impairment, Wayne needed a fishing platform that’s both extremely stable as well as comfortable. Back in 2006, when he purchased his W300, the W500 series wasn’t available, which is why Wayne added a pair of DIY outriggers to his kayak. Here is a movie showing Wayne’s rowing fishing kayak in action:

Interestingly, Wayne uses the oars to row ‘forward’ –

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The First Motorized W Fishing Kayak

England was the cradle of many inventions, including the motorized W fishing kayak, and by that we mean outboard gas engine, and not electric trolling motor  🙂

It was Jim McGilvray, from Wroxham, UK, who had the idea of outfitting a 2007 W300 fishing kayak with a 2.5 hp Suzuki outboard motor. He realized his idea, and this is how it looked:

The 2007 W300 was a small, narrow W kayak, and Jim needed to add a pair of outriggers to his motor-kayak, since that thing was going a bit too fast for its size, or one may argue that it was flying too low… 😀
Safety first!

More about this DIY kayak motorizing project project >>

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Jim’s kayak outriggers are his own design, and he made them all by himself.