Avid boater, engineer, author and inventor, Charlie Mathys shows anyone with beginner to intermediate DIY talents how to affordably convert a kayak to electric power-for fishing or FUN
This book shows how to turn a 10-foot kayak into a small electric powerboat. Two kayaks are modified: a sit-in model and a sit-upon model. Using two trolling motors, a Minn- Kota and a Newport Vessel, the performance results are compared. The controller consists of a plug-in Lithium-Ion battery, an Arduino microprocessor and a Cytron power driver. A mini-transom and a steering device are added to drive the kayak comfortably from its normal seating position. With a choice of kayaks, controllers, and battery power, a custom craft can be configured for great fun on the water.
Includes 20 photos and more than a dozen diagrams, plus detailed parts lists, performance results tables, and additional online resources.