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I was tagged on my Facebook page with a new way to look at this kayak invention, I have seen tank wheel chairs that go every where. Well I would like to extend my offer to my fellow veterans who I served with a chance to be able to kayak with your families again. Big boats are nice, but it is not the same. You should not be limited to your surrounding when you are injured in any way, prior service or civilian.

If you are a veteran with special needs and would like to enjoy kayaking with your family again, or if you know of one please contact me and I will try my best to help out in building a system that will work on your choice kayak.

the invention that inspired me to build to a disability is the tank track wheel chair.

Thank you for reading this and I am willing to help you on your way to recovery.

I did not give measurements because all kayaks are not alike! I hope you enjoyed and creat one your self. Post your pictures and go fishing.

This is my first instructable and this is an old project that I did last year. I will help you out with what I can. Thanks for stopping in.









hand saw

wire snips crimps

tape measure


radio (Hill Stomp is on my Pandora)

saw horses

your attention

gloves to protect the only set of hands

eye protection because losing your eyes does not sound fun to me.

so please please be safe.

cbeard21 year ago
40lbs thrust on the back of my skinoe! nice idea.we're like minded folks!
karrman1984 (author)  cbeard21 year ago

That is AWESOME! Keep up the good work!

Notanangel15 days ago

Great post. Have been planning mine for a while now. It's a side mount and I'm keeping the rudder for steering. I like your way of removing the head and extending the cables to use in the cockpit. Thanks for the idea, it's going to work great for me!

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Conor M2 months ago

such a cheat

also if your in texas make sure you get your TX numbers
Jj65421 year ago

How long did it take you to build this project and where can I get the information on my states boating codes?

Normally, your state will have the info (or links) on their website. I believe Minnesota launched a smartphone app so you might want to check the Android store. MN has a Dept of Natural Resources that handle licensing but you can get one at the Registrar of Motor Vehicles.

Assuming you're in the US, ask where you buy your fishing license. They should either know, have a brochure/handbook that would tell you or can advise where to get the info.

karrman1984 (author)  Jj65421 year ago

the boating codes should be provided on your states website. I asked the harbor patrol in olympia Washington.

karrman1984 (author)  Jj65421 year ago

A good solid day, but i have been working on new improvements for over 2 years.

AndyJ1 year ago

Note that there is special tin coated marine electrical cabelling. Ordinary electrical cabelling will fail to transmit current once it has developed enough verdigris between the cable filaments.

espdp21 year ago

Oh man! If I'd seen this a month ago, I might not have sold my canoe! Oh well, any excuse to go shopping again... ;-)

karrman1984 (author)  espdp21 year ago

lol I hope you find one that works for you

lostboy681 year ago

This thing is awesome! Good job and keep up the good work.

karrman1984 (author)  lostboy681 year ago


Hey. Just wanted to give you a heads up, in MOST STATES, The second you POWER a vessel of ANY KIND with any other form of propulsion other than your own body, it must be numbered and registered. Just be careful you're operating within the laws of your local jurisdiction.

karrman1984 (author)  mwilliams331 year ago

oops i forgot to add that thanks! check with your local boating regs. mine is under weight so i am clear, but as stated each state has their own rules.

woodNfish1 year ago

This is an interesting mod, but if you don't want to destroy a perfectly good trolling motor, you may just want to put a transom on your kayak similar to a canoe transom to mount your trolling motor on. That way the motor can be used for other boats too. You should also know that there are a number of kayaks available that have optional motors designed for them. Bass Pro Shops and Cabelas sell those kayaks, but an online search will find them for you.

karrman1984 (author)  woodNfish1 year ago

I understand where you care coming from and I don't encourage the destruction of the trotting motor. I have 2 one cut up and one that isn't, I bought 2 of them so that way this instructable will be note worthy. If you want to cut the Fiberglas shaft you can I did and it worked great make sure you are at least 8-9" under the kayak.

I drool over fishing kayaks every time I see one. http://www.nomadventures.com/product.php?type=Gear...

If I wanted and could afford a kayak the hobie sea kayak would be the one. Except as you see $3000 for one where as mine I could buy a lot of trolling motors and start my own small business.

Granted we can buy what ever we want when ever we want, but there is no fun in that. I had a old town towering kayak, I bought a $30 trolling motor to see if I could build one my self. I was able to test it out in lakes and also the Olympic sound. I did this with the first motor. My 2nd that I currently use I tried cutting as little as possible as you read I don't toss any thing because I use it all. The un cut fiberglass down tube is a pluses because you get the depth, but draw backs it adds drag and catches on every thing. Thanks for the commit and the encouraging words it drives me to build better and explain more.

brian50031 year ago

Nice Job! Looks like that motor has plenty of power for that little kayak.

karrman1984 (author)  brian50031 year ago

Thanks for the goog compliment. This is a 21' kayak and run keeper had me at 6 mph that is at the very highest setting.

d1no1 year ago

Great ibble and I like your dog and sense of humor...about using your wife's tupperware and water is not the friend of anything electrical.

I am getting older and this may be a way for me to keep up with everyone else.

karrman1984 (author)  d1no1 year ago

That is an awesome excuse to add a trolling motor to your kayak! Let's build it

Have to try this

jackbomber1 year ago

I have a 2x3 fastened just behind where I sit, on my sit on top kayak, that extends over the edge far enough to mount a trolling motor, it works pretty well and is easy to setup without additional foot pegs or any of that, but the propulsion coming from the middle of the boat, doesn't work the greatest. having the motor at the back like your design looks like a much better setup for control. Awesome 'ible.

karrman1984 (author)  jackbomber1 year ago

I have been looking at how to attach a trolling motor to a rudderless kayaks. My peddles where already part of the kayak that attached to the original rudder that was replaced. I also love sit on top kayaks or ocean kayaks you can do a lot with them and carry a lot of equipment on them.

Awesome project! Thanks for posting all the details!

thank you! It has been a work in progress with new little features that never seem to stop.

Cool! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your projects!

gcanders1 year ago

I have been waiting for so long to do this very thing! I kept mulling over in my mind what parts of the kayak I would have to open up, but this is amazing. Thank you so much for saving so much frustration and me making wrong turns.

Great Job!

karrman1984 (author)  gcanders1 year ago

it is a blast! Failure is good that is how we learn and build our imagination. I need to add some pictures to this, but whin you run your wiring up to the cabin and all the measuring finished the head has a hole that the fiberglass tube fit in. This hole is where your wires will enter into the speed selector. You will see whin I take more pictures.

Awesome. Thanks!
fdadure1 year ago
I just bought a motor for that!! Great post!!
karrman1984 (author)  fdadure1 year ago

thanks! Post pictures whin you have all the bugs worked out