For those wanting to purchase parts to convert your engine leg to electric, the driveshafts have arrived and are ready to go. Others who want the leg ready for your electric head that uses a square drive fitting like the Echo, these are now available. Build instructions will not be posted online, and are sent as a locked .pdf to only the purchaser. This conversion can be completed on a pedal drive or full length system.
Kayakbuddys has had quite a bit of interest in adding brushless powerheads to our robust upgraded legs. So, we listened and will be offering engine legs available for the electric Echo powerheads. Due to the almost identical RPM range and torque of the 2.3hp equivalent, these small lightweight brushless outboard systems can be assembled with ease with a few basic tools. Attaining speeds of 5.1-6.7mph on my three varyious paddlecraft is amazing for a brushless prop driven system that only weighs in at around 15lbs with a battery. Prices and parts are still to be determined. Driveshafts are being made for both the pedal drive drop-in and full length systems. We will be offerings both styles of engine legs to be fitted by the user to their electric powerhead. We will not be furnishing the powerhead, that will be up to the user. A full set of instructions and images for the modification will be sent to the user with a password to open the file.
If you are interested in the drive system, please inquire below.
From the first trials of the Echo 58V system and a few more builds, the noise has been reduced by 75% due to the position of how the drive shaft tube meets the brushless motor. Not realizing the tube was touching the lower bearing and creating a vibrational noise, a slight movement away from the bearing and now we are in business. Here is the latest example of the first sea trial.