Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #60: Rigging the Torqeedo Motor

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 03-22-2021 03:58 AM 416 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Fitting New Rudder Pedals

I really like my toe control rudder system, but they simply won’t have enough leverage to steer this powerful motor.

Unfortunately, Smart Track’s rudder assembly mount hole spacing is off by 1/4” from the traditional Feathercraft system that Chesapeake Light Craft sells. I used a 1/4” plunge cutting router bit in my drill press to elongate the holes.

The cut turned out nice.

I found 1/16” thimbles at my local hardware store. These protect the cable from fraying.

These make a sturdy connection to the aft end of the rudder assembly. NOTE: I cut some of the T-track off the rudder assembly to make room for the thimble.

The thimbles also make a nice connection for the caribiners to the steering triangle.

Torqeedo Parts

The throttle mounts to the fishing shelf. Notice the motor lift jam cleat on the starboard side and the reverse lock on the port side.

I improved the motor lift system by adding an extra set of pulleys to increase the mechanical advantage. The final pulleys arrive tomorrow, but I’ll use these ones for my test run tomorrow.

The battery will normally mount on top of my fish cooler. New footman loops arrive tomorrow, so I’m strapping the battery to the cooler footman loops on the floor for the test run.

View of the stern.

The temp is forecast for 50 degrees tomorrow and the winds are favorable in Two Harbors. I plan to don my dry suit and launch the kayak in Lake Superior tomorrow to test out the motor.


Results from my test run of the motor.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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