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First Yak - WS Ride 115 - Trolling Motor Questions, etc.

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Finally after many months of looking I found a good yak on Craigs List. The WS Ride 115 was $500 and came with an Air Pro Max seat. I feel like I got a great deal even without the expensive seat! I didn't realize how much the seat costs new until I got it home that night :)

 

Took it out the day I got it and it was my first time in any kayak ever. Was no problem. Standing was a little shaky at first but after a while I got the hang of it okay. I sat most of the time. The seat is awesome. I have lower back issues and I was comfortable for hours.

 

I could use a little advice, of course.

 

Is a 250 cm paddle long enough for the high seat position? Should I get aluminum or carbon and what's a good brand, hopefully less than $100? The paddle I used was approx 7' long and too short. I'm 5' 11" / 185#. I have tendinitis so I'd like a light paddle, and a trolling motor.

 

Bigger question.....I want to add a trolling motor and I want to make it as hands-free as possible. Steering with the foot braces is okay, but I would like to have some kind of foot controlled "momentary-on" buttons for an instant forward and an instant reverse. Is this possible?

 

I can do the work. I've seen people use the Minn Kota Endura 30 from Walmart/BPS and even taking the handle apart to move it closer to the angler. Could I go a step further and wire a button or two to this for the on-switches? Or would it be easier to just have a switch for power on/off and set forward or reverse manually ahead of time? Maybe like an on/off on the battery lead?

 

I've seen remotes for motors but I assume it won't work with this cheap one. I thought of trying a foot controlled TM but they're too expensive for me even on Craigs List. Some are cheap enough maybe but not sure it's a good idea.

 

I'm not worried about mounting the motor I can handle the mechanical stuff. Is there a better cheap motor for hacking the electrical?

 

I want to use the motor for going longer distances, and for maneuvering while fishing. I can see how grabbing a paddle repeatedly will drive me crazy. If I could afford a pedal drive I'd have done that instead. I'd like to be able to back away from shore when hooking a fish, or just whenever I need to. If I could have only one switch/button it would be reverse.

 

Other than that, I'm adding an anchor trolley right away. I see how that will be useful after I spent a day on the water.

 

I'd like an enclosed box rather than a milk crate.

 

Anyways I'm just getting started and I'm so stoked to have a yak finally! I just stand outside and look at it wondering what to do to this thing!

 

Order of priority:

- paddle

- anchor trolley (already have some parts don't really need advice unless there's something specific to this yak)

- replace 2 missing handles (good place to order hardware?)

- add batteries, trolling motor or not. I need USB and lights etc.

- trolling motor

- torpedo tubes, fore and aft ;)

 

I'm very excited to have a yak. I almost bought a lower quality one (glad I didn't) but when I saw this for the price I jumped on it. It's everything I need (sans pedals!)

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https://www.austinkayak.com/Harmony-Replacement-Side-Handles-for-Ride-115-amp-135-2-pack/ACK12233P.html

 

Congrats on the yak. My advice for a paddle; get the best paddle you can afford.

Good article on choosing right paddle length.

https://payneoutdoors.com/long-kayak-paddle-need/

 

Remember to wear your PFD.

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29 minutes ago, schplurg said:

Finally after many months of looking I found a good yak on Craigs List. The WS Ride 115 was $500 and came with an Air Pro Max seat. I feel like I got a great deal even without the expensive seat! I didn't realize how much the seat costs new until I got it home that night :)

 

Took it out the day I got it and it was my first time in any kayak ever. Was no problem. Standing was a little shaky at first but after a while I got the hang of it okay. I sat most of the time. The seat is awesome. I have lower back issues and I was comfortable for hours.

 

I could use a little advice, of course.

 

Is a 250 cm paddle long enough for the high seat position? Should I get aluminum or carbon and what's a good brand, hopefully less than $100? The paddle I used was approx 7' long and too short. I'm 5' 11" / 185#. I have tendinitis so I'd like a light paddle, and a trolling motor.

 

Bigger question.....I want to add a trolling motor and I want to make it as hands-free as possible. Steering with the foot braces is okay, but I would like to have some kind of foot controlled "momentary-on" buttons for an instant forward and an instant reverse. Is this possible?

 

I can do the work. I've seen people use the Minn Kota Endura 30 from Walmart/BPS and even taking the handle apart to move it closer to the angler. Could I go a step further and wire a button or two to this for the on-switches? Or would it be easier to just have a switch for power on/off and set forward or reverse manually ahead of time? Maybe like an on/off on the battery lead?

 

I've seen remotes for motors but I assume it won't work with this cheap one. I thought of trying a foot controlled TM but they're too expensive for me even on Craigs List. Some are cheap enough maybe but not sure it's a good idea.

 

I'm not worried about mounting the motor I can handle the mechanical stuff. Is there a better cheap motor for hacking the electrical?

 

I want to use the motor for going longer distances, and for maneuvering while fishing. I can see how grabbing a paddle repeatedly will drive me crazy. If I could afford a pedal drive I'd have done that instead. I'd like to be able to back away from shore when hooking a fish, or just whenever I need to. If I could have only one switch/button it would be reverse.

 

Other than that, I'm adding an anchor trolley right away. I see how that will be useful after I spent a day on the water.

 

I'd like an enclosed box rather than a milk crate.

 

Anyways I'm just getting started and I'm so stoked to have a yak finally! I just stand outside and look at it wondering what to do to this thing!

 

Order of priority:

- paddle

- anchor trolley (already have some parts don't really need advice unless there's something specific to this yak)

- replace 2 missing handles (good place to order hardware?)

- add batteries, trolling motor or not. I need USB and lights etc.

- trolling motor

- torpedo tubes, fore and aft ;)

 

I'm very excited to have a yak. I almost bought a lower quality one (glad I didn't) but when I saw this for the price I jumped on it. It's everything I need (sans pedals!)

Craig's list still sometimes work awesome! Congratulations Man for Your First Yak :) what's your first ground plan with your new Yak!

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7 minutes ago, Harold Scoggins said:

https://www.austinkayak.com/Harmony-Replacement-Side-Handles-for-Ride-115-amp-135-2-pack/ACK12233P.html

 

Congrats on the yak. My advice for a paddle; get the best paddle you can afford.

Good article on choosing right paddle length.

https://payneoutdoors.com/long-kayak-paddle-need/

 

Remember to wear your PFD.

 

Thank you. I have a browser tab open with PFDs as I type this, and I wear one. I don't know if my seat is considered a "high back".

 

Good article on paddle selection. Thanks again.

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7 minutes ago, schplurg said:

Thank you. I have a browser tab open with PFDs as I type this, and I wear one. I don't know if my seat is considered a "high back".

You'll want a PFD made for "high back" seats. It will be more comfortable either way.

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@Mike Wright (I can't quote your post for some reason)

 

My plan is still being worked out heh, but I have a few parts for the anchor trolley and that will probably be the first thing I complete. Paddle and PFD too.

 

Oh I bought foam golf balls today for the scuppers! My first improvement. It took on a tiny bit of water, especially the back where my backpack was sitting. Wet backpack = need plugs.

 

The previous owner removed the front strap and put a big gawdy hood ornament there. I threw that stupid thing away. Without a handle it is very hard to move! So that gets fixed immediately.

 

I really want to do the trolling motor thing so if anyone has advice on those questions that'd be awesome. I want it as hands-free as possible. I may get a small one-handed oar for fine maneuvering until I can figure out how to do the motor.

 

I need a milk crate thingy but I'd like something enclosed instead. No rush although I could use some rod holders back there. It came with 2 holders mounted on the rails up front but they're very much in the way.

 

I need a rear boom for my action cam/GoPro. I also want battery power for that kind of stuff but waiting to see what I do about a motor before doing electrical, I think.

 

I don't know what else to do yet, I'm still recovering from the shock of actually owning one. I'd like to start doing the motor as soon as possible. That may determine how I set up some other things.

 

13 minutes ago, Harold Scoggins said:

You'll want a PFD made for "high back" seats. It will be more comfortable either way.

 

Yep I see that is a "thing"! I used a regular ski jacket and it was okay, but I definitely want more arm and shoulder space and I see a lot of cool designs out there.

 

I think customizing this rig will be half the fun :)

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So any advice on paddle type? Aluminum or carbon? I need to get one right away. Someone said to get the best I can afford but I'm not sure what is best and what is just more expensive.

 

How about a battery(s) for a trolling motor and accessories? Seems like I'd need a 100 amp/hour but there are so many options. I don't want to spend $300 on one right now. Any suggestions on type and brand?

 

I figured out how to rig the trolling motor to use a PWM to make it more efficient. It also works as a wired remote.

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aluminum is heavy.  My paddle is a hybrid, carbon handle and resin blades, good balance of both worlds and not terribly heavy or pricey.  Think it ran about 150..manta ray hybrid.  

As far as batteries go, i have no idea so i'll let others help there.

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In the $100 range, you’re looking at a fiberglass paddle. If you can spring a few extra bucks, go with carbon fiber. 

 

 

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For the enclosed milk crate or like wise check out the wilderness systems krate it’s enclosed has a nice storage lid and 4 rod holders that are attached. 

 

 

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Regardless of paddle shaft material, make sure the blades are a large size designed for a heavy fishing kayak. 

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I ordered this paddle, not fiberglass but it's lighter than the fiberglasses I could afford.

 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06W9M3NMC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I wanted the 160 cm which limited my choices. See if I like it. I will probably cover the hook retrieval notch, maybe not. I hear they tend to pull up grass. Blades are bigger than the cheaper model I had selected. For distance I will use the trolling motor a lot anyways. Tendinitis and all that.

 

I wanted an enclosed crate but went with a milk crate for now. Making my own 3-rod holder set with black PVC pipe and some hard plastic material I found that handles like wood. I don't know what it is right now. Painting it all. That was my project last night and I should be done today.

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