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SMALL LIGHTWEIGHT OUTBOARDS

KAYAK, CANOE, SAILBOAT, 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 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.

* Comparison to traditional Honda 2.5hp outboard.

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.

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Honda GX35 - (35cc) 1.3hp
4 Stroke**
**Highly Recomended**

Engine Information

**Stock Honda Image

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GXV Clone - (53cc) 2.2hp 

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Non-Branded 71cc - 3hp
2 Stroke

*Largest Small Vertical Engine in this Configuration

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Tax Time Free Shipping 

Free shipping will be applied to all multiple engine or setup purchases when 2 or more are ordered in one transaction. No invoice for shipping will be sent and the units will be delivered to the Paypal address on file. Please inquire through the contact page for more information. 

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5% Off for all Educators and School Personnel

Each educator and school employee will receive 5% off the total order until May 1. 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.

Upcoming Projects

1. Extended range external tank.
    (Completed) 
2. Electric powerhead option.
3. Hobie drop-in mounts.
4. Extended handles and twin
    throttles for running twin
    engines.

Remote Gas Tank Addition

The question of refueling on the water has been posed numerous times, and now I have added a spare small tank to refuel on the fly. Composed of a 2.5 gallon tank, 6ft. of 1/4 inch gas line, fuel bulb, and 2 - 1/4 inch fittings, 1 inch double tube clamp, along with a few tie wraps and plastic wire grommets to secure the line, and you are done.
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Nucanoe Frontier 12 
New Addition to the Fleet

I finally picked up Nucanoe Frontier 12 after finding a great deal locally and I must say I am highly impressed. From the room, stability, cruising speed, and paddling ease, adding an engine just made the package that much sweeter. Check out the first run using a 35cc Honda.
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Pictures of the Setup

Inexpensive Crate Mounting System Used for SOT

I have been asked by quite a few people to explain the parts and accessories needed to build a simple mount that works for kayaks with rear deck space and factory D link clips. This could run both electric and gas systems mounted from behind the paddler. If you have any questions, please inquire.

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*Railblaza Mount is found below

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Full Break-in and Test Run of 50cc
4 Stroke on Nucanoe Frontier

This give you an example of the Non-branded 53cc 2.2 hp powerhead on the engine leg. This was filmed in Biscayne Bay on a breezy morning with a bit of boat traffic and a slight chop. The engine was run for the first time after assembly and today was the break-in and speed test. As the engine breaks-in and seats the rings, the compression will slightly increase and also increase the torque a bit, but honestly this engine would hole shot quite easily from a dead stop with a 75lb+ heavy boat and about 275lb worth of weight added includng the passenger.

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RAILBLAZA UNIVERSAL KAYAK MOTOR MOUNT

Super easy to clip on and off, your kayak can change from paddle only, to motor ready in under 30 seconds. This bracket will fit most models of kayak, and is suitable for, but not limited to electric and gas engine setups up to 2.5hp. A ballast may be required to offset the weight depending on application.

Here is the list of RAILBLAZA parts required if you want to make your own Kayak Motor Bracket. 

Motor Mount Bracket

2 x 32-41 RailMount Kits
2 x StarPort Adaptor Pairs
2 x StarPort Mounts, possibly StarPort HD or SidePort depending on the kayak

Support Bracket

1 x StarPort Adaptor
1 x StarPort Mount, again possibly StarPort HD or SidePort depending on the kayak

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. The 2 Stroke 71cc engines are in a league all to there own. 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 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 (deadman style) type. 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. 

***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 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

Durable and Dependable

2 and 4 Stroke Ready

Easy Maintenance

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