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* Please Read: Due to recent shipping damages from both UPS and USPS, all drive kits will ship with the clutch housings removed from the drive tube. This requires a few extra seconds to attach but will ensure you have an outboard drive that is undamaged and ready for use. We have experienced too many carrier mistakes resulting in damaged powerheads and drives. We truly apologize for these incidents, but it is out of our control, so we have taken note and will correct the issue by changing the way the drive ships. The amount of shipments around the world has increased exponentially, causing less oversight from our shipping carriers it seems. They are certainly overwhelmed from the rapid uptick of packages shipped. 

The online and digital download build notes will be updated by June 1, 2020.



New cavitation plate and adjustable tiller angle tilt clamp has been added for better control angles.

2 and 3 Blade Options



This adjustable clamp is new for the 2020-2021 model. This allows better angles when using tiller arm extensions and also allows the engine to be turned around for use in reverse if so desired. 



The pins for holding Honda powerheads on the drive tube bracket have been moved and placed  in the correct location to support the 35-50cc engines. Previous versions can move the pins forward and the bracket bolt back to the rear position.

Most Recent Video...

Video 1: Nucanoe Pursuit finally gets a trial in Biscayne Bay with the 50cc 4-stroke. 
Video 2: New tiller angle clamp for hard angles and reverse rotation of the engine.


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

Our propulsion setups are available from 35cc (1.3hp) to 50cc (2.0hp) engine sizes and only weigh 23lbs 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. Clients in the kayak fishing, paddling, sailing, hunting, boating, and firefighting communities have used these small dependable air-cooled setups to take 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. 

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. Honda quality is the best in the market and are the leaders in dependable mini 4-stroke engine powerheads.

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.


Customers Always Have Options...

Below are the 3 most common configurations sought after by consumers.


Engine Leg Only (You Supply Your Engine)

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. Learn more...


Full Kit with Honda Power (35-50cc)

95% of what we sell are kits that require a few minutes of your time to attach their powerhead of choice, 1 cable, and 1 kill switch wire, It doesn't get more simple than that. Standard and upgraded versions are available.  Learn more...


Pedal Drive Conversion (All Manufacturers)

For all the pedal drive owners, we have built a drive that can fit into a Hobie cassette or Pod system. The drive configuration is the same on these versions.  The ability to pedal out and power back in is amazing when the current and wind change. Learn more...

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!


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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