We specialize in custom small, lightweight, air-cooled outboard systems for kayaks, canoes, small skiffs, sailboats, and small watercraft. With well over 1000 systems built to date, we strive to be the best at small engine propulsion systems.
If you are a kayak fisherman, explorer, hunter, or simply a person who needs to have a way to propel themselves on their next adventure, we have the outboard solution for you. No more struggling to fight the current, wind, or mother nature's fury when you least expect it.
We are proud to customize these systems for disabled paddlers and vets, along with anyone needing a change to the ergonomics and functionality of a small outboard. There is no other small gas engine system that can be configured for a user like ours.
Just ask, we are always here to help...
Our propulsion setups are available from 35cc (1.3 hp) to 50cc (2.0 hp) engine sizes and only weigh 23 lbs. with fuel.
The outboards are lightweight and easy to install and maintain. These air-cooled outboards make exceptional small motors for many styles of watercraft. 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 about your battery adding unneeded weight and cumbersome wiring to the fun.
We currently stock only genuine Honda GX Series 4-stroke 35cc and Honda GX Series 4-stroke 50cc. Honda quality is the best in the market and are the leaders in dependable mini 4-stroke engine power-heads.
All upgraded engine legs are custom-built by KAYAK BUDDYS and are not a turned-around mass-produced product with low quality and minimal durability. We use our products and make sure they can hold up to rigorous usage with minimal maintenance. Our hands touch all of these units and all black steel and lower-quality components are removed.
These are not eBay or Amazon specials and will never be sold on eBay or Amazon in the upgraded format with real Honda engines. That is a fact. From Shimano shifters, stainless throttle cables, billet connectors, jag wire Teflon lined throttle cable housings, and 2 blade prop choices, there is no other small watercraft outboard business that goes to this extent to get the product right in our humble opinion.
Plus, our customer service rocks.
* Comparison to traditional Honda 2.3 hp outboard.
Below are the 3 most common configurations sought after by consumers.
Some customers prefer adding their own gas or electric power to these outboard drives. We call them "engine legs". These drives can handle up 3 hp with no issues. Please do not get these confused with mud motors or converted weed eaters.
40% of what we sell are kits that require a few minutes of your time to attach the powerhead of choice, 1 throttle cable, and 1 kill switch wire. It doesn't get more simple than that. Standard and upgraded versions are available.
For all the pedal and POD drive owners, we have built a drive that can fit into a Hobie cassette or Pod system variant. The ability to pedal out and power back in is amazing when the current and wind change.
What size powerhead is needed for my craft?
Honda 35cc and 50cc size powerheads are available.
More power and less RPM to maintain torque. The noise level does not change much due to the engine size.
What prop material should I choose?
This can be an aluminum or a stainless 2-blade prop design.
Stainless flexes less, gives better overall performance and speed, and holds up to underwater strikes.
Do I need to refuel on the fly?
An external fuel tank fittings kit may be needed if you are covering long distances.
Do I need a tiller extension to control the system at a distance?
Tiller handles can be shortened for tighter turning when used with a U-jointed tiller.
Are you strictly a freshwater or saltwater fisherman?
The upgraded leg tackles both with custom-built shifters, throttle lines, and connectors.
The standard drive is strictly freshwater due to the ferrous metals on the OEM components.
We are always adding products, creating new uses for adding power and control, and developing a superior product line using only the best component vendors. Since much of what we build is custom, it pays off in the quality and workmanship, versus quantity that most companies rely on. Customer service is what we are about.