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I posted this info on another thread.
This is good information for anyone who has a electric motor on there Yak or is thinking about installing one
I started another thread because I think this info could help some avoid a disater.
Make sure you use the right size motor.
A motor that is too small will use more battery life than a bigger motor because you are over working the motor and causing more draw.
I have a 2 man Ocean Ambush with a 50# thrust motor that pushes 2 pretty good size guys around with no problem.
Battery life has not been a problem yet.
Prior to that I had a 43# thrust motor that was originally on my Cobra Fish N Dive and battery life was never a problem.
When I put it on my Ambush it started to become pretty hairy some nights, especialy against wind and tide.
This puts a big strain on the motor and causes it to overdraw.
That can create major problems that can cause a fire (that plastic will burn fast especially when fed by a nice breeze). It can also cause a battery to explode.
Here are my suggestions...
40# to 55# saltwater trolling motor. (55# is the largest I have seen in 12V)
Heavy Duty Marine Battery with the most cranking amps you can get. (Standard, Orbital or Gel Battery)Remember the more cranking amps the larger and heavier the battery. Size and weight are an issue.
Keep all connections tight, clean and free of corrosion. This will effect battery life and cause overdraw which can also lead to fire or explosion.
Always keep battery fully charged. Invest in a good battery charger that will not overcharge. Charge at 2 amps. Charging at 10 or 20 amps can warp the plates in a cell which will cause a bad cell or short the battery out. Never charge a fully discharged battery at more than 2 amps. That can cause them to explode or reverse polarity.

If you are wondering how to put a motor on your Yak if doesn't have a mount it's easy!
The motor can be mounted off the side.
I tried to find a picture of my old yak but couldn't.
If you do some Google searches or check Momentof fame.com I sure you can find some photos and get some ideas
Here's how I did mine..
I cut 2 pieces of 3/4" Mahogany Plywood. 8" wide by the length required to hang of the side about a foot or so.
Then I butted the 2 pieces so that form an "L". I used Gorilla Glue and screw with 2 1/2 Brass Screws to attach.
Gussets were cut from plywood to fit in the "L" and put about every 12" to 14". Enough space was left to mount the motor at a comfortable distance but close enough to have good control. The closer to the side the easier it will be to control.
I made the transom detachable by mounting 3/4 aluminum channel to each gunnel behind my seat and 3/4" aluminum square tubing to the underside of the transom. Then I put the transom in place and drilled 2 holes thru the sides of each mount and inserted stainless pins.
 

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Good Question,
And this was brought up the other day,once you add a trolling motor the State of N.J. wants it registered with numbers,add lights and an anchor
and well.. ;)

For me its a mode of transportation,I value it (my kayak)much like my JEEP 4x4 - it gets me to the where the fish live...
 

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Add a motor and you have to register and adhere to regs according to vessel size.
 

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YOur setup sounds good for you, and your boat, but think about this for a sec.
The ambush is much closer to being an actual boat or canoe than a normal SOT kayak. Its over 100lbs unloaded and has a ton of hull drag through the water compared to something like a Tarpon, OK, emotion, malibu..etc.
That 55# thrust motor weighs close to 30 lbs easily....try hanging something like that off the side of a normal fishing SOT...not gonna be a pretty site.
30lb thrust is plenty for a normal 1 man SOT kayak. Could probaly put close to 20 miles a day on the battery with that set-up. Having the "Saltwater" model isnt nessacary either. You can snag an Endura for less than a 100bucks on sale. Just rinse it when you done like you would the rest of your equipment. No problems.
Dont think im knockin' your setup man, I really do thinks it looks great.
Theres other options out there that work too.

[ 03-24-2006, 07:51 PM: Message edited by: KeysKid ]
 

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Josh, I am only speaking from experience.
30# motors also have a smaller blade.
Putting a larger blade isn't the answer either.
That puts too much stress also.
Get against a ripping tide and you may actually think your cruising pretty good and going almost nowhere.
If a 30# works good for you great!
I'd would rather have the extra power and get to where I'm going faster.
 

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Ocean Kayak - Ambush

I've been reading with interest some of the older threads describing Kayak fishing. It might be something I'd like to get into. Does anyone in the area sell the 'Ambush'? Is it made by Ocean Kayak? It looks like it's been discontinued.

If the Ambush has been discontinued, what else in Kayaking is out there that you can install a trolling motor on?

thanks,

S.B
 

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striped.bass said:
I've been reading with interest some of the older threads describing Kayak fishing. It might be something I'd like to get into. Does anyone in the area sell the 'Ambush'? Is it made by Ocean Kayak? It looks like it's been discontinued.

If the Ambush has been discontinued, what else in Kayaking is out there that you can install a trolling motor on?

thanks,

S.B
If you want a single, the fish and dive is easy to rig and has more room than you ever need. But consider the foot propelled Hobie it never runs out of power,doesnt need to be registered and will go aginst any tide or wind with no effort. The fact that you get great exersize and loose some wheight is a bonus that all our wives will apreciate. In fact the wheight loss is the number one excuse guys use on their wives to get permision to spend the money on the Hobie.
When using a trolling motor ive seen a couple guys rig a small $30 solar panel to recharge the battery. They claim to never have had a dischrged battery.
 
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