What makes this inflatable kayak unique, is a cut out to fit electric trolling motor on a folding motor mount, in front of operator, instead of being in a rear of the board. Comfortable beach chair can be attached to surface of this board with pre-installed tie downs. With easy of operation of motor being in front, it almost like riding electric water scooter. Motor can be lifted out of the water while being on a transom.
WHAT WILL YOU NEED? At least 12V 35Ah and up battery ($40 and up), battery charger ($25 and up), 20 to 55 lbs electric trolling motor ($100 and up), kayak paddle, and beach chair. Life jacket is a must on a water.
HOW TO ASSEMBLE? Inflate drop stitch board and both tubes, and then secure beach chair with tie downs. You can move move it slightly backward or forward. Place battery behind chair. Secure straps on wooden transom, using D-rings, in a such way that transom stays firmly perpendicular to the board surface. Use optional carabiner clips to make assembly/disassembly easier. Install electric motor on a wooden transom. Connect motor wires to battery. Pay attention to polarity, red is (+) and black is (-).
HOW TO USE? To move forward, trolling motor can be simply operated in a reverse. For more intuitive operation, top of motor control with its tiller can be rotated 180 degree. To turn tiller housing 180 degree, you will need to remove screw holding top of motor to its shaft, rotate top of motor 180 degree, re-install top of motor back onto its shaft, and then secure back with a screw. This way operation of motor is optimal and intuitive. We recommend this lightweight trolling motor which was already tested and shown in a video below.
Question: How long does battery lasts?
Answer: That depends on battery, speed and power of your motor. You can purchase smaller 12V 35Ah battery on Amazon, and run about 1 hour at full speed with 55lbs electric trolling motor on a smooth water. You can get 12V 120Ah deep cycle battery in local Walmart or Costco, and run for about 2-3 hours. Or, even more with smaller 30lbs trolling motor. Bigger batteries are usually heavy. Will need folding hand cart to move around. You can purchase 2 smaller 12V 20 to 35Ah, because it is easier to carry separately. You can use 1st battery to go one way, and 2nd battery to get back. Always carry kayak paddles just in case if something goes wrong with motor or battery. Also, must carry Personal Flotation Device for safety,