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Introductions / Re: Intro
« on: March 25, 2023, 09:12:02 PM »
Welcome to NCKA Michael  :smt006

Yes I do.  Thanks for sharing Paul.

Glad you guys had a great time chilling.   Thanks for the reports and pictures.   Sorry I missed it. Just got back from .my Aunt's funeral in LA. 

I plan to invite some friends to BBQ and boating this July 4th. I have a plastic Rogue River 14 canoe for guests to use. There will likely be people who are not familiar with boating, probably some are kids too.  To be safe, I am thinking about fitting my canoe with some type of outrigger. A search online for this product reveals that they are from $150 to $400 per package. Problem is they either require drilling into the edge of the hull, which I am not willing to do, or are too elaborate and expensive. I think I may be able to fashion my own outrigger that will not damage the canoe, and in the process save a few bucks too.

I think mainly I need:

1. C clamp about 1 3/4" wide and deep, that clamps on to the edge of the canoe. 
2. Connected to the back of the clamp there needs to be a ring or another clamp that can secure a plastic or aluminum tube maybe 1" in diameter.
3. The two ends of the aluminum tube extend out; I will bend them down to water surface then attach some flotation.  If I want to be cheap, pool noodles can do.

This setup may take just $30-50. And plastic tubes I already have at home.

A quick search shows all C clamps with a screw hole on the back have rather small openings, or not deep enough. The bigger C claps don't have screw holes.  I am still searching.

I want to check if anyone has done this before and have worked out a better solution or design?

Is this setup you have in mind?

Introductions / Re: Hey guys and gals
« on: March 21, 2023, 12:48:13 AM »
Welcome to our community Jordan  :smt006

Introductions / Re: Hello All
« on: March 21, 2023, 12:34:03 AM »
Welcome aboard Michael  :smt006

Introductions / Re: Intro
« on: March 18, 2023, 10:22:20 AM »
Welcome aboard Dale  :smt006

General Talk / Re: Salmon Article
« on: March 17, 2023, 11:06:36 PM »
They need a break from fishing pressure to rebound.   Thanks for the link Mark.

I just went through this. I started with a NV36 and a 55ah SLA battery. The NV36 does not have a built in PWM do it draws the same amount from the battery regardless if you're running at speed 1 or 5. Basically it uses resistors in the head to burn off the extra power as heat when running anything less than speed 5. When my SLA was new, I could easily run a day and a half at speed 1. That was fine as I only use it to troll for Kokanee or trout. However, after a year, the battery started to not last as long and would barely get me 6 hours. Ended up getting a 55ah LiFePo4 and a Minn Kota PWM. The PWM will double the life of the battery and the LiFePo4 has double the life of the SLA. I can easily get two days running at low speeds. Another advantage With the PWM is that the speed control is far superior. The PWM uses a Potentiometer so you're able to run the motor at any speed you want, from 1rpm to max rather that just 5 preset forward. This allows you to precisely dial up the speed you want. Big advantage for me especially when trolling for Koke's, as the slowest speed was still to fast on the NV36. There area ton of how to video's and other info on Motorized kayak fishing - Facebook.
The newest thing now is using a ESC. I'll probably change to this setup. They are waterproof, way smaller and will last longer than a PWM.


ESC (Electronic Speed Control) is a device, PWM is a technique.  All ESC using PWM in one form or another.

I would recommended the PWM modification to extend your battery life.  See my link below:
This post was a good read. After watching a few YouTube videos, I at least understand how to complete an install. The results you got are encouraging enough to give it a shot. Do you have any thoughts on whether or not I can get away with a 36 pound thrust engine?

If you plan to troll and want the battery to last all day,  I would upgrade it to 100AH LiFe PO4.  You probably get away with your current 36lb thrust trolling motor but might not get the 6-7 mph top speed.

I would recommended the PWM modification to extend your battery life.  See my link below:

Worse:  got myself hooked with a treble in my left thumb during an NCKA event at Tiki Lagoon.
Alaska kayak camping & fishing trip on Montague Island.

My Aunt just passed away so I must be in LA this weekend for her funeral.   Sorry, I was looking forward  to fish and chill with you guys.

Introductions / Re: Roseville - new to this
« on: March 14, 2023, 02:40:30 PM »
Welcome aboard Chris  :smt006

Introductions / Re: Hello from Redding
« on: March 13, 2023, 06:07:56 PM »
Welcome to NCKA Dan  :smt006

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