Looking to put a motor on your fishing kayak? Then you’ve come to the right place! All NuCanoe models work great with motorized power. Best of all, just about every type of motor – gas outboards, propane outboards, hands-free kayak motors, trolling motors, etc. – can be used! To help you sort through the options, we’ve put together a little primer for using a motor on your NuCanoe fishing kayak.
Pros: Easiest to control, sitting or standing; weight is in bow to allow optimal seat position, simple to take on and off
Cons: Requires drilling holes in hull for installation; overall weight of motor and battery. Requires cutting down shaft for optimal use.
Tips: Cut shaft length to around 24″. For the PowerDrive V2, use the MKA-21 Bracket. For the RipTide SP, use the RTA-17 Bracket.
Pros: Simple and easy, quiet, inexpensive.
Cons: Less speed and power than other options, heavy battery.
Tips: 24-30lbs Thrust is plenty…45-55lbs Thrust gives you better acceleration and a slightly higher top speed. A 24-30″ shaft is ideal, but a 36″ shaft will work fine too. Use the Transom Motor Plate to protect your NuCanoe. Use the Tiller Extension handle if going solo.
To make the LEHR outboard easy to use on the Frontier, we rigged up a couple additions to the motor to allow full control from the center seat position. Learn all about these modifications in the video below.
Pros: Perfect when you have a long distance from launch to destination. Lightweight, clean power, easy to bring extra fuel, minimal maintenance.
Cons: Not ideal for maneuvering around while fishing. More expensive, requires a bit of customization.
Tips: The 15″ Shaft version works great. Use the Tiller Extension to enable center seating position. Use the Transom Motor Plate to protect your NuCanoe.
Learn more about the LEHR outboard at http://golehr.com/.
Pros: Lightweight. Great for both long distances and navigating around your fishing holes.
Cons: Expensive. Doesn’t work while standing.
Tips: A custom motor bracket as shown in the pictures is required.
Pros: Great option if you want to use the motor for maneuvering while fishing. Hands-Free(!), easy to sit in center seating position, quiet, customizable, easy to move in reverse.
Cons: Requires battery; moving parts and many pieces leads to more potential “technical difficulties”; unable to control motor while standing.
Tips: To sit closer to the stern, store battery in the bow. Use the Transom Motor Plate to protect your NuCanoe.
For more details, go to www.bassyaks.com.
Pros: Perfect when you have a long distance from launch to destination. Moves the Frontier with ease; no battery required.
Cons: Not ideal for maneuvering around while fishing. Relatively loud; emissions; not always the easiest to control.
Tips: For best performance, ensure your Frontier is trimmed out evenly. This will require using a tiller extension handle to sit in the center if going solo.