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Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double #61: Torqeedo Works Great!

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 03-22-2021 08:24 PM 966 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 60: Rigging the Torqeedo Motor Part 61 of Building the "Swiss Army Knife" of Small Boats...Wood Duck Double series Part 62: Updated Fishing Configuration »

Awesome Test Run!

I’m super happy with how the kayak/motor combo worked today during my test run at Agate Bay on Lake Superior. The raised seat was stable. The rudder pedals had plenty of authority. They got stiffer at full throttle, but that’s a good thing since you don’t want to slam the motor to the stop at high speed.

I went with a pretty bare boat for this run. No use losing equipment if things went poorly!

Performance Results

My max speed in a wind neutral area was a consistent 8.7 mph if I sat on the edge of my seat a bit. It held 8.4 mph seated normally.

The Torqeedo has a GPS built into the battery and it provides useful information on the throttle’s LCD panel. This shot shows 94% of battery remaining, 6.1 miles range at current speed and throttle setting, 8.5 mph current speed, and 1,123 watts of power (that’s wide open.) It’s doing about 1 mph faster than any other results posted on the web that I could find.

This shot shows a more modest power setting with impressive results of 93% battery remaining, 29.0 miles range, 5.0 mph current speed and drawing only 157 watts. The Wood Duck is more sea kayak than fishing kayak and it shines with these performance numbers.

Kayak blade was catching a little water at full throttle.

Assessment

The motor performance results continue to affirm my opinion that the Wood Duck Double is the “Swiss Army Knife” of small boats. The stern didn’t squat like I thought it might. I’m sure it will ride a bit lower with the rest of my fishing gear which is another 60 pounds including the cooler with ice, but I’m not anticipating any limiting problems with a full load. There was some swell out from the launch and I was able to surf it a bit and achieve a speed of 9.4 mph. The boat handled well and didn’t take on any water during this. It will get wet in steep chop, but I fish smaller lakes. If I paddle on bigger water, I’ll install one of my custom spray decks to keep out the waves.

Next

Report on how this new setup works for fishing.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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robscastle

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#1 posted 03-23-2021 12:00 AM

nice going,....take it easy around White fish point!

-- Regards Rob

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DustyMark

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#2 posted 03-23-2021 12:15 AM

Thanks, back to interior lakes after ice out. I couldn’t wait to test it out!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 03-23-2021 12:37 AM

I have no idea why, but every time you post something with this build I keep looking.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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DustyMark

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#4 posted 03-23-2021 02:59 AM

I guess there’s just something special about a small boat!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 03-23-2021 10:50 AM

It has been interesting watch this build go on and change.

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DustyMark

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#6 posted 03-23-2021 02:22 PM

Thanks! Unfortunately, changes mean more money spent…customizing a boat has its costs/benefits.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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Redoak49

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#7 posted 03-23-2021 03:05 PM

I am wondering what is next?

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DustyMark

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#8 posted 03-23-2021 03:25 PM

I need to make a folding ramp for Copper to get back into the side of his dog blind after a retrieve. I told Mary that a sail rig is off the table, but maybe in a year or two I’ll readdress that upgrade!

-- Mark, Minnesota

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robscastle

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#9 posted 03-25-2021 12:03 AM

Dont worry about the money just do it because big boats or small boats if Gitchie Goomie wants you, your hers.

-- Regards Rob

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DustyMark

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#10 posted 03-25-2021 04:01 AM

Rob, we go with the mantra that “the Lake is the boss.” We do most of our hardcore paddling with a 22 1/2’ triple kayak. I used to be a helicopter rescue pilot in Alaska and have set us up with safety gear from what I learned up there. Our gear includes neoprene spray skirts, an electric bilge pump in each cockpit, flares, strobes, VHF marine radio, personal locator beacon, day signal flag, air horn, drysuits with appropriate insulating layers, and extra paddles. We tether ourselves to the boat since we don’t paddle in a group. We monitor the marine forecast and pack a couple days extra food to wait out bad weather. We also regularly practice self rescue techniques in the same waters we paddle. If she takes us, we really had a bad day…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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