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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: Jan. 25 2007,08:52

Recently got an email from a guy who was bound and determined to install an electric on a tandem.  He felt forced to buy - ouch - a Malibu Pro 2 Tandem which is "set up" already for a motor.  Also claims to be 13' x 55 lb.  Wanta bet?  

So, holding my nose, I did the helpful Capn thing and gave him my best shot...

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Malibu is FAMOUS for understating weights.  If I were forced to buy one I'd have to weigh it in the showroom (take a bathroom scale).  I've seen them understate by 15 lb!  And you better check the quality, especially the scupper columns, etc.  And I wouldn't want to tell you how many "dealer installations" I've seen screwed up.  Now I wouldn't be too quick to discount a DIY approach...

Here's a guy who put together an quick n easy milkcrate system that he LOVES...






The builder, goes by "Quietman" had this to say:

"I electrified my FnD using a "power crate" system. Everything goes in and out with four metal turn-buckles. It takes about 1 minute to put in, just seconds to remove. No modifications whatsoever to the yak. The motor I used wa the cheapest one at walmart, $78.99, 34 pounds of thrust. It pushes the FnD at 4.4 mph at full throttle. I'm using a 27 series deep-cycle battery, and have not yet managed to discharge it.

I am *totally* happy with this set-up as it allows my to carry my powered bait tank and everything else exactly as when I don't use power, and since I had the crate and the battery, the total cost of the project was less than $100."


He also used a Sears Marine Die Hard marine deep cycle, 105 amp/hrs, bout $70.  Cheap thrills.  I continued...

"No mods, easy in and out, less than $100 (plus battery), works on ANY decent fishin yak.  Doesn't get any easier or effective.  You don't have to compromise by being forced to buy what is really a pig of a yak with questionable quality and that will be VERY heavy.  

Instead you can adapt it to a kayak that is better made, lighter, faster and that is paddleable WITHOUT the motor.  It's also very nice that you then have the best of both worlds -  a good paddlin double that you can also motorize quick and easy anytime you want."

See?  I'm not prejudiced against motors.  They can be used to build absolutely wonderful artificial reefs....

:capn:


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RDS Offline
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Posted: Jan. 27 2007,17:56

As the owner of a Malibu Pro 2 tandem, it actually does have a pair of embedded screws in the back for attaching Malibu's $125 motor mount (motor is extra). I've found the ruggedness (abusability?) of the kayak quite good, scupper holes and all, but it is a bit leaky with all the hatches installed. Unless they switched to a thinner plastic mold than what I have, the weight is closer to 68-69 lbs than 55.

Sticking to the thread, I can think of a lot more watercraft that would be better to put a small motor on than a kayak.

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keleko Offline
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Posted: Feb. 01 2007,18:04

####, and i thought my hobie adventure at 16'/67lbs was heavy... shorter AND heavier AND a motor on it? no way jose

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