Electric outboard for an inflatable canoe

Submitted: Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:52
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Looking to attach a small electric motor to my inflatable Canadian style (2 person) canoe. Have found that paddling can be bloody hard work!

Main use would be in fresh water, however occasional use in salt water is a possibility.

Main aim is to assist with forward motion when river flow/wind is against us. What sort of thrust capacity would be best? – I have no idea as to what effect a motor with say an 18 pound thrust capacity would achieve. Presumably bigger is better but then weight and battery drain need to be considered.

I assume a marine battery would be best, but open to suggestions.

Any personal experiences with the electric motors and recommendations regarding the motor and suitable battery appreciated.

Thanks in advance for many replies.
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Reply By: gbc - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 13:44

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 13:44
people confuse thrust with h.p. and assume bigger elecs go faster which is true to some extent on bigger vessels, but on canoes it just runs the battery down faster. 20lb will move you around happily. I have a 55lb min kota salt water that I use on my canadian simply because it is a left over motor from my stink boat. I don't go any faster than anybody else, but I can theoretically tow an 18 ft boat behind me at the same speed if you get my drift.
The more you pay for leccy motors the more efficient they are with optimisers etc so you will extend your run time.
Batteries - depends on just how long you want to run for I suppose. A couple of smaller 45 ah ones is what I use for better portability. Use one for cruising around and fishing and one to get me home again.
Anyway, have fun, good luck.
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 14:22

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 14:22
Good afternoon Kroozanlong,

I have a Pelican bayou canoe and when I first got it I thought " have to get a leccy outboard for this". Then I started thinking that a very lightweight petrol might be better. No battery to get run down in the wrong place so no heavy thing in the canoe at all. Ended up with an air cooled Honda 4 stroke - about 2.2hp from memory. And weighs less than the battery would. Def worth a look I reckon

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Follow Up By: rooster350 - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 15:41

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 15:41
I agree with you John, small petrol motor with fuel tank on top and a 5l can in boat as backup would weigh a lot less than a leccy motor and 2 batteries and there is no recharging to be done...much better idea imho..cheers
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Follow Up By: gbc - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 19:33

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 19:33
Better for different things. If you just want to get from one place to another a petrol engine is the go for sure. For snooping about, fishing, bird watching etc., your whole world changes using a silent electric motor. Like anything, decide on what you want to do before buying what you think you might need.
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Reply By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 14:56

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 14:56
I was thinking of a scooter battery, as they apparently provide a full current and then slow quickly.

ie they go for a long time but when they die, it happens quickly. No damage to the battery just the way the scooter motor is organised.

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Reply By: Tony H15 - Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 18:19

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 18:19
I had a 12' canadian to which I added a 2 hp outboard, great fun on the river you can go much, much further than when paddling. An electric outboard would do just as well, probably better from the sound point of view.
One thing you need to be aware of, canoe hull shape is not ideal for speed, the front seat usually gets soaked if cruising much above idle. Similarly in rough weather, all get soaked. Ideal on rivers, lakes and rivers, providing the surface is not too churned up and you don't want to go fast. Still much faster than paddling. They also go well with sails!
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Reply By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:47

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:47
May be expensive depending upon which state you live in. In SA and I think Vic the blow up/non blow up, boat/canoe/kayak has to have a hull identification number if a motor is fitted, if it does not have a Hull ID already cost is around $80, with rego about $16 a year and you need a boat drivers licence, ie do the test+$.

Do not think this is required in Qld unless the motor is over 4HP.

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Follow Up By: PeterInSa - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:51

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 10:51
The WaterSnalke T18 with 18lbs of thrust costing around $110 to be should do the job with a battery from battery world coat around $90?

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Follow Up By: Krooznalong - Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 13:14

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 13:14
Lucky I'm in Qld then!
I have been considering the Watersnake.
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