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Just to keep everyone up to speed. KAYAK BUDDYS is still building and shipping systems during this COVID-19 shutdown. We have a received a  small group of the new 50cc Honda 4-stroke engines.There is no delay on engine shipments until they are sold out. Let us know how we can help you outfit power on your watercraft.

NEW: 50cc Honda 4-Stroke

We finally have a 2.0 HP powerhead that does not disappoint. Powerful, efficient, and built to last. Honda does it again.

**Back in Stock** - Limited Quantities

NEW: Drive System Build Video 

After a series of requests, KAYAK BUDDYS has put together a short video on the simple building process of the drive system. 

NEW: Hobie Drop-in Assembly

Coming Soon!

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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.

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. KAYAK BUDDYS 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.

Recently we have been dabbling with self-contained electric powerheads with factory battery packs from ECHO and EGO and the results have been fantastic. As the technology in brushless motors gets better, we will be utilizing all styles of compact power on our engine legs.


We currently stock genuine Honda GX Series 4-stroke 35cc and now the Honda Gx Series 4-Stroke 50cc, along with the larger Huasheng EPA certified 4-stroke 53cc motors starting in the Spring. The 53cc is a high-quality 4-stroke engine that performs identically to the Honda GXV50 engines that are no longer produced by Honda. This 53cc is not Honda, but are the best examples that can be provided to the consumer at this time. Real EPA certified Huasheng engines are the leader in the market within the vertical configuration. The 2 Stroke 71cc non-branded engines can be ordered if needed and is usually kept in stock at all times.

All upgraded engine legs are custom built by KAYAK BUDDYS and not a turned around mass-produced product with low quality and minimal durability. We use our products and make sure it 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 cast 2 bladed aluminum props with stainless collars, 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 2.3hp outboard.

Free Honda shipping promotion is on GX 35 engines.

Due to the quantities available from Honda, the GX50 has a shipping charge until larger quantities can be purchased when available. 

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. 

5% off future engine system, engine legs, or accessory purchases for our referral program, continuing in 2020.

Each customer who refers a new client, and completes a full system purchase from KAYAK BUDDYS  will receive 5% off the total order cost on future purchases, not including shipping.  An invoice will be sent to reflect the discount once the information and purchase is verified. Please inquire through the contact page if more information is needed.

KAYAK BUDDYS engine setups and legs have been successfully mounted and used on the various kayak and canoe brands currently and more are coming soon as custom setups are created by you the owner or through our install team. 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.

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

Small and Lightweight

Weighing in at 23 lbs for a full system is essential for paddle craft. Full horizontal and vertical adjustments, so customization is effortless.

Durable and Dependable

Made of aluminum and stainless components to hold up over time with no impellers and gearing systems to fail. Aircooled and made run hard.

2 and 4 Stroke Capable

Engines can be changed in a few minutes. From electric to gas powerheads. Multiple combinations are available.

Mr. Matthew Pate, Owner

14605 SW 174 Terrace

Miami, Florida 33177

(305) 926-2937

We pride ourselves on customer service. Please call or email us with any concerns or questions you may have on our engine legs and complete systems. We are here to help.

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Build Notes

Below are a few commonly downloaded .pdf instructions to make the build process painless and simple.

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