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QUICK GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR KAYAK MOTOR

Trolling on a fishing kayak is a great fishing technique. But to properly do it, you need to get a fishing kayak motor. A trolling motor is a self-contained unit with a propeller, a controller and electric motor. It’s usually mounted on small and large boats, but can be mounted on a kayak too. The motor will power the kayak, so you can focus on catching the fish instead of paddling. A kayak motor also allows you to position your kayak with ease.

If you’re planning on getting one, you need to learn about the different factors of a kayak motor before you decide what to get. Most kayak motors don’t come pre-installed. So, here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for the right kayak motor as an affordable addition to your kayak fishing experience.

MOUNTING LOCATION

Since I’m on the topic of kayak motors being pre-installed or not, one of the most important factors to determine is the mounting location. Kayak motors are classified into two types depending on their mounting position.

Kayak motors can either be mounted on the transom or bow of the kayak. You’ll usually find electric trolling motors for smaller kayaks mounted at the transom because they’re easier to fit and can be operated while seated. It takes a while to get used to the steering in the beginning, but once you get used to it, you’re good to go. Bow mounted kayak motors are usually designed for medium to larger sized craft. They cost more and are usually armed with a lot of high-tech features like auto-pilot, foot controls and even wireless control.

WATER TYPE

You must select the right trolling motor depending on where you want to go fishing. If you’re going saltwater fishing, you’ll need a kayak motor designed to operate in saltwater. Maximum work efficiency and durability are most important when using a kayak motor in a saltwater environment. Look for a kayak motor made of anti-rust materials, making the motor durable and long-lasting. Saltwater electric motors are always a good way to go because they are good for both freshwater and saltwater use.

KAYAK SIZE

Lastly, you need to figure out what kayak motor you need to get to the size of your kayak. The size of the kayak will determine the amount of thrust and battery power required. Kayak motors come in three different ratings, 12V, 24V and 36V depending on the requirement. A 16-foot kayak will need a 12-volt motor, while a 19-foot kayak will need a 36-volt one. In most cases, kayaks used for fishing only require 12V smaller motors.

ADDITIONAL FACTORS

The requirements don’t end there. There are other things you need to consider.

Loading capacity: You need to know the loading capacity of your boat to determine the thrust required to keep it moving. Beyond 1500 pounds of loading capacity will require at least 30 pounds of thrust to keep it moving. For large kayaks weighing about 4000 pounds, a thrust of 80 pounds is needed. Most kayaks designed for fishing and a single person only need an 18 pound or 24 pound thrust electric motor.

Battery space: The number of batteries needed for a kayak motor will also depend on the available space on your kayak. So, get a kayak motor that will require batteries that can fit in your kayak. In most cases, the smaller kayaks used for fishing only need an electric motor that requires 1-2 batteries.

Mount type: The last thing you want to do is fill your kayak full of holes. A kayak motor that has an easy mounting solution is always the best way to go.


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.