Mounting a Motor
Made of 2x3 channel and once i have the inspection plate I will bolt it on with large washers on the inside. It also bolts on the 4 rudder screws.
The inspection plate I got was from Austin Kayak for $3.49 and a hatch costs $38.99 and just get the inspection plate unless you need to open it for more stuff. I would post a link, but they would probably remove it. It does not show under hatches but put Sea-lect inspection in the search and it will come up.
Putting a motor (even an electric trolling motor) on a boat (kayak) in NY State, makes it a Motor Vehicle.
That means a trip to DMV, to get a registration.
When you get there, they will require a Hull Identification Number (HIN)
Most kayaks are sold without one, it is relatively easy to get a HIN for one you just bought, but good luck with a discontinued model, or even a current model that you bought last year.
I suggest that you get your HIN, before you build your motor-mount.
Half the reason I want it watch guys down here crabbing with Hobie or the electric Ocean Kayaks. I am sure it will help me cover more ground with the fish finder in the early season to find the schools to target.
Andy, to whom did you bring the pencil tracing? DMV? I am about to go through this process - from my understanding with the parks dept. if the vessel already has a 12 digit serial number or manufacturer's number, then that is the HIN. The form for registration requires the HIN. What is the point of the pencil tracing? To prove you own the boat? In my case I would have a transferable registration and / or title so I think I am all set, just not sure.
Idk how its like in other state but in CT as soon as you put a motor on anything you need to register it.
What you need is:
1.) Bill or Sale
a.) If you have no bill of sale you need notarized affidavit stating that you purchase kayak and unable to obtain Bill of sale and to your knowledge the kayak has never been registers
2.) Boat Safety Certification (10 Hour Course)
3.) Registation with DMV to get you registration number and stickers
4.) If you plan on using this at night time or at dusk youou will need your navigation lights. Red\ Green up front and 360 white in rear. Its a good thing to have for your safety also you can get a ticket for not having it. I got stopped by the coast guard while fishing on the Thames River. Pretty Scary with their huge machine gun.
Here is a picture of my mount for my Minn Kota motor. i steer with with foot pedals and can also raise the motor completely out of water and lower the motor.The speed controls ( 5 Forward, Off and 3 Reverse) are control by a switch i have mounted on my center hatch.
I used 10 awg marine grade wires.
I chose the Island Hopper series so that I could side mount it. I like it, but my flushmounts face out from each other, so it became a hassle sliding these mounts in and out easily. Overall, it worked well and felt secure but th rods and counterweight seems to complicate things a bit.
This next mount was copied from Tom Kirkman1's YouTube feeds "Hobie mounts". Pretty simple to make and can be tweaked some more for stability.