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Rethinking this by priority and cost.
1. Recharge fish finder battery 20 lith
2. Recharge VHF radio
3. Recharge shark shield if in saltwater
4. Recharge BixpyÖ I can always peddle or paddle

Maybe for more than one dayÖ. For the cost it may be less expensive to buy an extra fish finder battery and have both charged beforehand. No doubt these battery systems are expensive.
Is that a 20 ah lithium for the fish finder? How long does it last?

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: looking for seat bottom suggestions...
« on: June 03, 2024, 08:35:45 PM »
Maybe shade fabric from the hardware store.

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I got a 100 ah LiFePO4 battery with built in warmer for $380 from PowerUrus.  The company got a good review from a knowledgeable YouTuber I watch. The warmer allows me to recharge it in freezing temps. I put it in a battery box with 12 volt and usb ports. Then I mounted a Renogy 700 watt pure sine wave inverter on top of the battery box. I wired it to the battery through a battery selector switch so I can power everything off when Iím not using it. It was extra work to put it all together but Iím happy with the end results. The nearest sized Jackery is a little bigger but I think I saved $900 as I recall. Now I can do 12 volt and usb charging without the overhead of the inverter and Iíve got the inverter when I need A/C.

Plus I wired in a big Anderson plug and put one on the charger cable so itís easy to hook up and recharge.

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Introductions / Re: Old guy and want opinions with a new sit on
« on: May 09, 2024, 04:54:43 PM »
There is more than one way to solve the problem.

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I wish I could go but the timing didnít work out for me. Maybe next year. I hope it is an epic event.

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Craftsmen's Corner / Re: Homebrew aluminum kayak trailer
« on: May 05, 2024, 08:57:25 AM »
Looks great. What did you use to support the hull of the kayak?

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CA Regulations / New App for CDFW
« on: April 03, 2024, 06:23:52 AM »
Iím happy to see the announcement for an app to display our license and validations.

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Dont over think it.

It's a boat without a motor  :smt003 :smt044
So then, a kayak with a motor is not a boat, itís a kayak with a motor. I agree.  :smt006

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I started with an old necky dolphin, then that OK before the prowler,  then prowler, eventually to an adventure, then AI, then a motor on the AI v2.  I sometimes used the motor on the AI (for really long days with shifty wind), then a 17 foot cc, now a 20 foot cc

AI is a boat...a Hella fun one, but a boat
Kayak with a motor, a boat. Sorry

Don't kid yourself that you are kayaking anymore once that motor goes on

The adventure of it all is still there in a motor kayak, being close to the water, feeling small and exposed. That part is why I have stuck with CCs and smallish boats.

If a kayak with a motor is a boat, what is a boat without a motor?

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General Talk / Re: Watersnake/Hobie Compass Build
« on: January 28, 2024, 10:51:58 AM »
I use a Watersnake T24S which is salt water rated. All traditional electric trolling motors have multiple speeds. Instead of reducing the amount of electricity to go slower they burn the same amount but throw some of it away so the electricity is wasted. A PWM cycles the electricity on and off very quickly. The slower you want to go the more off time the motor gets. This way you only use the amount of electricity you need and the rest is saved. I have 2 20ah lithium batteries which last all day trolling my Wilderness Radar 135.

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That's good that you know your physical limits when it comes to paddling. I'm worried about the people who don't. With the increasing popularity in motorized kayaks, new guys who jump right into a motorized kayak with no experience on a pedal or paddle kayak aren't going to be familiar with their physical limits. The motor could lull them into a false sense of security and capability. When the time comes where they've motored several miles offshore and the motor dies, I hope they can safely pedal or paddle back to shore, assuming they have a pedal drive or a paddle. If not, hopefully there's someone around to come save them, whether it's the CG or a boat.

I'll continue recommending to the new guys with motors, to be aware of their physical capabilities and be comfortable paddling--or pedaling--whatever kind of kayak they take offshore before they fire up that motor.
I agree that anyone new to kayaking needs to be aware of their physical limitations. Every time a clueless kayaker paddles downwind or downstream they are at risk of getting in over their physical abilities. A clueless kayaker with a motor is mainly at risk if the motor fails. Itís not like the motor fails every third trip or anything. So with the cluelessness being equal, I think the kayaker with the motor is actually safer.

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AOTY / Re: Electric Motors in AOTY
« on: January 24, 2024, 11:10:19 PM »
Participation in this event has seemingly gone done every year, even with no entry costs. Anything we can do to increase it, I'd be in favor of. I've fished with more than a few people with Bixbys, Torqeedos, etc.  At no point did I feel they had an advantage over me, even as an older guy.

We accept every other technical advantage, including live scope (is that still fishing?). Winning this contest (I have a sense of what it takes) is still going to be about a willingness to get on the road, fish a lot of new locations, learn to fish species you know little about and probably lean on a friend or two for guidance. It's not going to be about who has a small motor.

I say bring 'em on.

This. Times are changing. I agree that just because you have a motor that you will be going out of your way to compete. My opinion. If you can climb the leader board and win it. Maybe there should be a non-motorized and motorized winner. Nothing wrong with that.
Maybe there should be paddle, pedal and motor winners. Even though pedals are human powered it is definitely an advantage over paddle power.

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I think any kayaker can get in over their head if they donít stay within their abilities. Itís not like there has been a shortage of kayakerís getting into trouble before motors came on the scene. Itís possible to paddle to far and not be able to fight the wind or tide to get back. Is the rule, never motor farther from shore than you can paddle? Does that only apply to kayaks? Motorboats can breakdown too. Should they stay within paddle distance as well? Lots of things can go wrong on the ocean. I imagine a lot of people think itís crazy for anyone to take any kayak on the ocean. We all have different abilities and different levels of risk tolerance. Motors are tools and can be used safely or not. Motors are not for everyone but I think one personís misuse doesnít condemn them for everyone else. Paddles, peddles or motors, whatever floats your boat.
Are you suggesting that it's reasonable to rely on a motor to go beyond your physical capabilities? If you use the motor to go three miles, but the motor dies and you can't paddle three miles back to shore, then someone's gonna have to go "rescue" you. It's like filling your car with 200 miles worth of gas when you know you're going on a 300 mile trip.

Yeah, lots of things can go wrong on the ocean. Kayaking on the ocean carries risks that we try our best to mitigate, via PFDs, immersion gear, VHF radio, etc. But this one--relying on a motor to take you beyond your physical capabilites--seems like a real easy one to control. It's one less rescue effort that can be saved for someone else, and reduces the risk of others getting into trouble from trying to rescue you from a situation you knowingly and willingly put yourself into.

Iím saying that motors on kayaks are a tool no different that any others. It can be used wisely or not. Letís say I paddle 3 miles out with the wind. I work my crab pots all day paddling between them and pulling heavy pots. Later in the day the wind is stronger but I want to stay to the end of the tide. I finish and now Iím exhausted and have to paddle back into to a 10-15 mph wind. It seems to me it is easy to do that. Itís not because Iím using a paddle that I canít make it back to the launch. The fault is with the person. Itís easy to get in over your physical abilities with or without a motor. Itís easy to kayak in the ocean in jeans and a T-shirt, fall in, and need to be rescued. Would you blame the mode of propulsion for those rescues? If someone peddles out till their peddles break down and canít paddle back, would you blame using peddles? I can paddle a kayak father than a 20 foot Boston Whaler. How far from shore is it ok to take a motor boat? If I go kayaking and donít know or ignore my physical limitations, that is on me. If I only paddle my kayak, every day I go out Iím susceptible to being too weak to return to port. If I use my motor, Iím susceptible to being too weak to return only if my motor breaks down. If my motor breaks down, I have less fatigue because I havenít been wearing myself out all day.

I think we can both agree that going beyond your physical limits isnít a good idea. I just donít think that using a motor automatically means youíre going beyond your abilities. I think I can still paddle 3 miles, but I wouldnít enjoy it. I kayak to have fun so I use a motor. If I ever need to be rescued because my motor breaks down it will be because I used poor judgment, not because I used a motor.

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I never understood the idea of mounting a motor on the stern just because of the difficulty of clearing a fouled prop. I put a motor mount on the pedal scupper so it is right in front of me. Itís the only way Iíd do it.

I started out with a peddle drive but the weight was unbearable when just starting out, and not knowing the easy ways to load/unload. Sold it and purchased an Eddyline Caribbean that only weighed 50lbs. After some long days salmon trolling I decided to get a Torqeedo 403. After a few times out I started using it for everything.

From the beginning I started getting my line caught in the propeller, and with the motor mounted on the back you need to go back to the launch, have someone help, or jump in to clear the line. The last time I snagged the propeller was at HMB near the red can. I jumped in cleared it, and continued fishing. I never go further than Iím comfortable paddling. I dropped the throttle in the water dealing with a halibut, and the throttle died costing $350.00.

Due to the frustrations, I have been using it less, and only used it once last year. So if I could start my kayak adventure over, I would skip the motor, and get a Revo 13. Although Iím getting pretty proficient at paddling with the Eddyline so it may be a while before I make a change.

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I think any kayaker can get in over their head if they donít stay within their abilities. Itís not like there has been a shortage of kayakerís getting into trouble before motors came on the scene. Itís possible to paddle to far and not be able to fight the wind or tide to get back. Is the rule, never motor farther from shore than you can paddle? Does that only apply to kayaks? Motorboats can breakdown too. Should they stay within paddle distance as well? Lots of things can go wrong on the ocean. I imagine a lot of people think itís crazy for anyone to take any kayak on the ocean. We all have different abilities and different levels of risk tolerance. Motors are tools and can be used safely or not. Motors are not for everyone but I think one personís misuse doesnít condemn them for everyone else. Paddles, peddles or motors, whatever floats your boat.

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