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SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT OUTBOARDS

Specializing in Small Aircooled Outboard Systems for Kayak, Canoe, Skiff, Sailboat, and Small Watercraft.

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 air-cooled setups to take the burden of propulsion to a whole other level. Electric just cannot 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. Air-cooled, no impellers, and no worries of your battery adding unneeded weight and cumbersome 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.

* We currently only stock genuine Honda 4 stroke 35cc. The 53cc is a high quality clone engine that performs identically to the Honda GXV50 engines that are no longer produced by Honda. The 2 Stroke 71cc engines can be ordered if needed, but there will be a wait for manufacturing. One 71cc engine is usually kept in stock at all times.

** Comparison to traditional Honda 2.3hp outboard.

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Upcoming Projects


1. * Electric start for the GX35
     engine. This has been on and
    off the table for some time, so
    now it is time to get it done.
    Hopefully a prototype will be
    push button actuated from
    the on-board GPS or lighting
    battery. Check back soon.
  
2. Kayakbuddys may also begin       the the research and design
    of a trim and tilt actuator to
    trim up for shallow running
    and transporting. More will be
    posted as progress is made.
    

 

2 Blade Engine Upgrade is Amazing and My Nucanoe Gains 30% Top End Speed 

I must say I was skeptical that a 2 blade pitched prop would have such a dramatic effect on performace. Going from 3.9 - 5.5 max MPH was a huge change for my heavy Nucanoe Frontier 12. It now performed as intended.

The video below shows the performance difference.

Please visit the upgraded leg page for more information.

*New - Kayakbuddys Engines Systems and Expandacraft Begin a New Alliance

Wesley Stevenson of Expandacraft invited me to come check out his modular pontoon systems for kayak and larger platform water recreation. This definitely was an eye opener and a game changer for the avid paddler and fisherman alike.. The streamline efficiency of the pontoons paired with lightweight propulsion was an exciting combination.  Check out our youtube channel and expandacraft page for more information.

Spring Creek Stabilizers and New Attachable Motor Mounts

Spring Creek has finally released their gas engine capable mount for the Stabilzer series for kayak, canoe, and small watercraft. This snap in module is robust and can certainly handle these outboards.

Spring Creek Kayak Stabilizers and Motor Mounts


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2 Blade Upgrade on the Honda 1.3 hp Engine System Makes Huge Gains

After experimenting with various props and pitches, Kayak Buddys has solved the higer RPM speed /torque issue with the smaller hp engine system. Although quite capable with a 3 blade prop, all under 2.0 hp systems tend to lose torque at the higher rpms due to the kayak overall weight and draft. By swapping props to a different pitch and design, the engine produces cleaner RPM's until full throttle with over 30% gains in speed and smoother acceleration. This is a game changer for all smaller outboards.


*If you are interested and ready to purchase a Hobie gas engine drop-in mount, please fill out the contact page completely, so we can start the process of putting you on a build list.

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Honda Shipping Promotion on Engines 

Free shipping will be applied to all system and powerhead purchases. No charge for engine shipping will be invoiced. Engine units will only be delivered to the Paypal address on file. Please inquire through the contact page for more information. 

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Extended 5% Off for all Active and Retired Vets

Each vet will receive 5% off the total order not including shipping, until September 30th.  An invoice will be sent to reflect the discount once an ID is provided and verified. Please inquire through the contact page if more information is needed.

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.

~Now shipping Honda GX35 engine setups and parts to Canada. Please inquire on currency conversion prices and availibility.~

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

Small and Lightweight
(23 lbs.)

Durable and Dependable

2 and 4 Stroke Adaptable

Easy Maintenance and No Impellers

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 engine leg:
●   The 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. **No black steel like other vendors and cheap fittings, period.

**There are other vendors selling similiar model designs, but with black steel fittings, pot metal castings, and with inferior engines that won't take the punishment. Honda engines are hands down the best mini 4 strokes money can buy. The other models we carry are built for Kayakbuddys with better fittings and components and are as close as you can get to the real Honda, but with a better price point. Great power and simplicity.

●   All of the fittings are stainless as well to extend the longevity of the leg.
●   Weighs 23lbs 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.
●   You can adjust the vertical trim and lockout of the engine. If an obstacle is struck underwater, the engine will pivot upward with
      run unlocked.
●   This is a light weight economical way to guide you through the water using small 2 or 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.
●   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 (deadman style) type. So if you need to shut the engine while fishing or diving this is the most efficient method.
***Please don't forget how important it is to break-in new engines and check oil and lubrication points regularly.
Can I Use My Engine?
The answer is not exactly yes. 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 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. Only Honda 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.

*****Robin/Subaru, Kawasaki, Shindaiwa, etc. all no longer produce Mini-4 strokes for the US market. EPA regulations and cost of materials makes this a losing battle for most manufacturers due to the overseas clone market. Patents have expired years ago and the copies now hold their own against the once competitive market.

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