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July 29, 2013

Motorized Kayak


Who needs white water?

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Not you if you've got one of these puppies.

From ThisIsWhyImBroke: "The motorized kayak is your ticket to enjoying this thrilling hobby even if you lack the upper body strength to paddle continuously. No matter how long the excursion, you'll be able to to truly appreciate the magnificent vistas surrounding you without distraction."

Yellow or Olive Green: $4,800.

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Marianne has it nailed. These things are a menace to everybody.

As I write this we are under an elevated surf and strong rip current advisory. A long-period south-southwest swell will generate above normal surf Tuesday through Thursday with sets to 7 feet expected. This pattern makes launching and landing kayaks quite a bit more difficult - and, rip tides are always present at these times. The combination makes experienced kayakers reconsider their plans for an outing, but it won't deter those with a motorized kayak-like craft that will take them right through the swells.

I've no problem with silent trolling motors deployed to avoid The Old Man and the Sea problem. Some fishing kayaks have, in addition to a skeg or rudder, an electric trolling motor that the fisher-person can deploy to hold, or change, position when both hands are busy dealing with a good-sized catch. You can't paddle if you're fighting a fish and, unless you are in a tandem, or some buddy will agree to tow you while the fight is on, you can be towed quite the distance by a good sized Grouper or Dorado, to say nothing of where an Albicore or shark might drag you!

As for these critters: the first step towards that Darwin Award is buying one....

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jul 30, 2013 3:47:46 AM

Right up there with jet skis and snowmobiles for damage to the environment. Lack of upper body strength doesn't give you a 'ticket' to 'enjoy' the magnificent vistas without taking responsibility for their protection. And 'without distraction?' What about the distraction YOU'RE causing to other humans, let alone wildlife? Get a basic beginner kayak and a paddle. Go slow. Feel it in your muscles. That's a measure of the distance you're covering. Part of the experience, the real deal.

Posted by: Marianne | Jul 29, 2013 10:58:22 PM

Seems they switched from a Honda engine to a Subaru.

For range and skinny water capability, a gasoline engine mated to a jet drive makes a lot of sense. It's the noise that I couldn't stand.

I'd far prefer a Hobie canoe with a Torqeedo electric outboard.

Posted by: Fred | Jul 29, 2013 10:03:29 PM

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