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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.

* We are currently only stocking 4 stroke engines due to the higher demand of the 4 strokes. 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.

Upcoming Projects


1. A Hobie drop-in mount 
   instructable
is being worked
   on as we speak. I have had
   quite a few people wanting to
   know how to do this, so a set of
   downloadable notes will be
   available to customers for our
   specific leg cut down. Images
   and weblinks will be included
   in the notes. (Coming Soon)

2. Extended range external
    tank. (Completed) 
3. SRAM throttle twist shifters    
    and stainless throttle cable
    systems with teflon jackets
    are in the works
. (Completed)

*These will be for sale shortly



New SRAM Twist Throttles with
Stainless Steel Cable

I have had quite a few people inquire about custom lengths for stainless throttle cables and the ability to assemble a longer trigger, thumb, or twist throttle. The prototypes are in the works and the upgraded version will be tested soon. More to come...

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.

Video Link
Pictures of the Setup

Railblaza and  Spring
Creek Stabilizers

Kayak Buddys has proudly partnered up with Spring Creek and Railblaza to offer certain parts that will enable engine mounting and stabilizing of your craft that much easier. Buy it one time and spend the money once on quality products.


Railblaza 
Spring Creek Kayak Stabilizers

Railblaza engine mount and full catalog is found here. All parts can be special ordered if they are not in stock. Please inquire...

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Extended through July 31st - 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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Extended 5% Off for all Active and Retired Vets

Each vet will receive 5% off the total order not including shipping, until July 31st.  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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Honda GX35 - (35cc) 1.3hp
4 Stroke*

** Highly Recomended**


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GXV Clone - (53cc) 2.2hp 

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Honda GXV50 - (50cc) 2.1hp
4 Stroke

(See Below)

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Non-Branded 71cc - 3hp
2 Stroke

Special Order - Please Inquire


HONDA GXV50 ENGINE STATUS 

Unfortunately, I come to find out the GXV50 V series engine is permanently unavailable. Just when you think an option existed for larger Honda powered systems, I find out this engine was discontinued from production as of 2006. Honda regional and corporate was called directly and this model cannot be sourced for use in any quantity. It would be all old stock if one is found. The GXV57 V engine version is only available to a select few commercial engine builders and not for public sale due to EPA restrictions.

Options: 

The GXV50 (53cc) Non-branded will always be a viable option, since it has proven itself to work very well and takes the punishment. A second version is in the works that uses a similiar carburetor as the Honda and I am working to get a low oil alert system put into the block for added protection. This will be an on-going R&D project during the summer. More information will be posted when available.

Full Break-in and Test Run of 53cc
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.

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 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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