Our propulsion setups are available from 35cc (1.3hp) to 71cc (3.0hp) 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.
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. Honda quality is the best in the market and are the leaders in dependable mini 4-stroke engine powerheads.
The Huasheng 53cc is a high-quality 4-stroke engine that performs identically to the Honda GXV50 engines of years past. This model is no longer produced by Honda. This 53cc is not a 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 asian engine market. They are the only engine producer of a true 53cc vertical 4-stroke. Everbody else copies the design. This is why we have a clone or copied market all over Amazon and eBay.
The 2 Stroke 71cc non-branded engines can be ordered if needed and are 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.
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...
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...
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...
We finally have a 2.0 HP powerhead that does not disappoint. Powerful, efficient, and built to last. Honda does it again.
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After a series of requests, KAYAK BUDDYS has put together a short video on the simple building process of the drive system.
Weighing in at 23 lbs for a full system is essential for paddle craft. Full horizontal and vertical adjustments, so customization is effortless.
Made of aluminum and stainless components to hold up over time with no impellers and gearing systems to fail. Aircooled and made run hard.
Engines can be changed in a few minutes. From electric to gas powerheads. Multiple combinations are available.