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Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« on: September 06, 2017, 03:29:00 PM »
Getting old sucks, my shoulders started bothering me paddling my kayak. So I decided to perform a little upgrade on it.

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I got to take it out this past weekend and it performs like a dream. Wish I would have done it a long time ago.
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2017, 03:53:16 PM »
Very nice!

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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2017, 06:19:05 PM »
Very nice!

Yes! 

I keep thinking of adding an electric motor to my kayak.  You really did a nice job on yours.

 Here in BC if I add a motor then it is counted as a power vessel and subject to the same laws as a 200 horse cabin cruiser.  I would have to take a course and then a test to get an operator's license, plus register the boat as if it were a big Boston Whaler.  So far, I have passed on the motor though I have an electric that I was set to cut down and install much like yours.  It would let me go upstream in the mighty Fraser River, so that I could hook a fish from a mid river gravel bar, follow it in the boat to fight it and go back upriver to my starting point. 

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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2017, 09:38:01 PM »
Good point, do you have to register it now? Did you rig up those steering cables? Pretty neat set up!

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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2017, 04:55:47 AM »
Very clean setup.

I am the same here in the Hoosier state. Any motor means registration and that means more money out of pocket.
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2017, 05:54:39 AM »
Yes I had to title it and put numbers on it, just like with a big boat. That only cost me $40 and a trip to Columbia.

I had engineered the steering when I put the rudder on it a couple of years ago. It steers with my feet, and the next addition is going to be installing a clicker like you unlock your truck doors with. I will then be able to set the speed to what I want but turn it off and on without having to sit down and run the motor itself. I do most of my bass fishing standing up. So that will just be a convenience factor for me.

I have added a couple of more niceties since I took the picture. I added a 7" riser to the seat to take some of the pressure off of my hips, when sitting flat down. I kept getting a cramp in my hip, but that took care of that problem. I also added a Hummingbird  graph and a bass boat seat. I will take some more pictures of the latest upgrades in a day or two and post them.
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2017, 08:30:17 PM »
Ya gots some fabrication skills!

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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2017, 08:39:50 PM »
Ya gots some fabrication skills!

For sure!  Wanna customize mine?!!

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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2017, 11:44:32 PM »
Pretty slick. Your going to have so many toys on it pretty soon, you will have been better off with a glitter sparkle Lund bass boat.  :laf:
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 07:59:57 PM »
Jim that could be but the only difference is I will have $1000 in mine instead of $50,000.
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #10 on: September 13, 2017, 05:39:03 AM »
I hear ya
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #11 on: September 13, 2017, 07:30:58 AM »
Jim that could be but the only difference is I will have $1000 in mine instead of $50,000.

Hey, it is only money and you are worth it.   :innocentwhistle:

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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2017, 05:46:59 AM »
I just can't convince my wife I am worth $50,000 for a boat.   :biggrin:
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Re: Added a little upgrade on the kayak...
« Reply #13 on: September 18, 2017, 09:48:59 AM »
I just can't convince my wife I am worth $50,000 for a boat.   :biggrin:

But if you have a life insurance policy she might have a $50,000 boat when she cashes in your policy.  See, it is just how you look at things.   :wo:

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