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KAYAK, CANOE, AND SMALL WATERCRAFT
LIGHTWEIGHT OUTBOARD SYSTEMS

Propulsion setups are available from 35cc to 71cc engine sizes and only weigh 23lbs with fuel. Lightweight and easy to install, maintain, and store, these make exceptional small motors for many styles of watercraft. Clients in the paddling, sailing, hunting, safety, and firefighting communities have used these small dependable aircooled setups to take the burden of propulsion to a whole other level. Electric just can not be as self contained in a lightweight, powerful and portable unit. These setups can be stored in small spaces and require a fraction of the maintenance of a traditional outboard. Aircooled, no impellers, and no worries of your battery adding unneeded weight and combersome wiring to the fun. 2 and 4 stroke engines vary based on size and availability. KAYAKBUDDYS is dedicated to custom engine and propulsion configurations. If you have a special requirement, inquire, we can help with the build if you are local or simply point you in the right direction for customization.

7/25/17 Update

35cc and 50cc 4 stroke stainless outboard mufflers are in the works. Keeping the OEM muffler for the baffling a tuned pipe is in order for the 35 and 50cc 4 Stroke engines. The 2 stroke is completed, it is now simply creating a jig for the possibility for production. If the cost outways the customers desire, then this will be a one of.
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The Little Motor that Could

Watch the Honda 35cc engine setup tow in 2 other kayaks with 3 passengers weighing in at over 700 lbs between all boats and equipment. One of the best safety devices you can own. Weather becomes unpredictable and fatigue sets in due to waves and tides. Watch video 4 for yourself. 
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Transom Mount Setup for Vibe Sea Ghost 130 is Done 7/25/17

I get this question all of the time about mounting. Personally I have crate mounted all of my builds, but I have been tinkering with a transom mount on a kayak without a technical transom. I will be testing the mount, but will be posting build pics in the next few days. 
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Crate Mount Build Up Close

I have been asked by quite a few people to explain the parts and accessories needed to build a simple mount that works. You will see a few videos that go over various aspects of the setup.



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No special actions required, all sites you make with Mobirise are mobile-friendly. You don't have to create a special mobile version of your site, it will adapt automagically.

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Client Feature: Seton Adamek

First Twin Honda 35CC Setups Powering a Hobie Mirage Tandem Isand

Kayak Build Specifications:

2014 Hobie Mirage Tandem Island                                                                                                           Homemade Aluminum Hakas with Boat Carpet 3’ x 8’, more room and a hard deck                         PVC Roll Bar – Mounts for Rods, Radio, GoPro, Stern Light, Bilge Pump, and Flag                           Ritchie XP-99W Blue/White Kayak Compass Mounted on Center Hatch                                           Nite Ize Cam Jambs and Prusik Rope for Ama Hold Downs; instead of bungies                               Custom 12 Gauge Stainless Steel Transom for Dual Outboards 

Future Ideas: Steering and throttle controls for tandem operation.

Anything is possible with a little thought and desire. This is the first tandem in operation currently and this allows others to envision their own propulsion systems when the wind is no longer an option. Fantastic job, Seton. Keep me up to date on any changes.

KAYAKBUDDYS engine setups and legs have been successfully mounted and used on the following brands currently and more are coming soon as custom setups are created by you the owner or through our install team. These brands are linked so you may browse their selection of watercraft. Kayakbuddys is not affiliated with these companies, but enjoys promoting companies such as these to help set the bar for the industry. This sport of kayaks for fishing and recreating is just now taking center stage as more people want to experience the water in a different way.


Kayaking is absolutely one of the most enjoyable water sports and recreational activities you can do by yourself or with a partner. Allowing people to move through the water to enjoy island hopping, fishing, or just having the ability to get home after a long day on the water is what it is all about.
~ Matthew Pate, Owner and Avid Paddler

Mobirise

HONDA 35CC GX SERIES - 4 STROKE

1.5 hp rating / Red Cover / Factory Fittings

Mobirise

HONDA 50CC GVX STYLE - 4 STROKE
(Clone Non-Branded)

2.0 hp / Red Cover / Stainless Fittings

Mobirise

BIG BORE 71CC - 2 STROKE
(Custom Non-Branded)

3.0 hp / Red Cover / Stainless Fittings
(Largest vertical engine available)

CC Chart with Outboard Engine Specifications - Rating Chart

Engine rating will fluctuate depending on 2 or 4 stroke models and fuel.This give a general idea on the CC to HP range and the types of engines suitable for the use on a kayak. These are general estimates and change based on water condition, weight of the kayak and passenger(s) with equipment.

Important details and key points about the Kayak engine leg:

The kayak buddy is a small outboard leg that is built of aluminum and stainless steel hardware. The only steel used is the drive shaft, clutch    
housing and lower unit gears.
All of the fittings are stainless as well to extend the longevity of the leg.

Weighs 22lbs with an engine and 12lbs by itself. No electric trolling motor system can match the torque and rough water capability from gas
propulsion. Runs for 1 hr. on a tank of gas with the throttle fully open using the Honda GX35 engine.

Upper most mount position to the center axis of the propeller at its maximum height is 23.5 inches.
New models coming in are 2 inches longer to accomodate more vertical depth when needed for watercraft with high side gunnels.
You can adjust the trim and lockout of the engine. If an obstacle is struck underwater, the engine will pivot upward, so the mount and propeller
incur minimum damage.

This is a light weight economical way to guide you through the water using small 2 and 4 stroke engines of your choice.

This is not a flipped around weed eater, but a geared actual drive system that uses a centrifugal clutch system and generates torque. Unlike
electric which uses thrust, the gas counterpart works identical to a real boat engine and supplies torque to the prop through a splined shaft
system gear to take advantage of the high rpms. This is why weed eaters fail and burn up.

Uses a kill switch is a toggle (deadman style) switch type as pictured in the set of images. So if you need to shut the engine while fishing or
 diving this is the most efficient method.

2 Stroke Vs. 4 Stroke Engine Selection
This questions comes up more times than not. When deciding to build this affordable outboard you must first ask yourself the following questions:

Do I want to mix oil or not?
Is the smell of burnt oil and exhaust noise an issue and will this prohibit you from enjoying your trip?

Am I using an engine off of an a piece of machinery like a line trimmer and is it still useable?

How much power and speed do I need during my outing. See rating chart above.

These are a few basic considerations when determining what version, you want to use. 2 Stroke tend to be a bit more oily and dirty from normal usage. They tend to need more repair, but the parts are plentiful. 4 Stroke is more efficient, creates a bit less power, but is headache free, literally. Cost wise, they are not to far off. 4 Stroke is still more expensive, but the valving system, ensures a smooth power band and easier starting. 
Can I Use My Engine?
The answer is absolutely yes, well maybe. Weed whacker motors 90% of the time do not fit, period. Using an old or under powered engine will give you some enjoyment until the engine quits or needs parts due to having worked to hard to create the torque needed to drive the craft. My motto is to spend money only once and do it right. Your better brands like Honda, Tohatsu, Kawasaki, and others always make a higher grade engine in their models. Other off brands are good and do exist, you just need to select a quality unit. We can help you with that. You will need preferably a 30+cc engine or higher to give you the better torque range. Anything smaller will struggle depending on the weight of the boat, gear, and occupant. These vertical engines are 360 degree engines and can be used in any direction. A weed whacker setup will not work in its common format.

Remember this is not a turned around weed whacker with a string trimmer or brush cutter head.
I give credit to the Youtube crowd for being creative with weed whackers, but these units are not experimental.

So just why are these small engines such great fun and so user friendly?

Small and Lightweight

*Weighs in at 12lbs without engine

There are not many options when it comes to adding real power to a paddled craft. With its slim design, the kayakbuddy allows for portability and ease of storage when not in use on the water.

Durable and Dependable

*Made with non-corrosive materials

The small outboard leg is made up of aluminum and stainless components with a solid steel shaft and clutch drum making this unit strong, but yet easy to wash off and maintain when not in use.                         

2 and 4 Stroke Ready

*2 and 4 stroke engines give you versatility

Whether you use your own engine or purchase a new unit, the flexibility and straight forward attachment make this a perfect choice to mount of a paddled craft.

Easy Maintenance

*Either mix oil or add oil, the choice is yours.

These small outboards give many hours of enjoyment and just a little routine maintenence and you are all set for the next adventure.

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