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  1. I aint changing a thing ..sticking with hobie cart and wheelez (+ collars). 5 years of use, with heaviest kayak out there, 0 issues. IMO, u r much more likely to damage your kayak when saddle-type cart gets away from you on a concrete ramp etc.
  2. Some range ! What would happen when whatever propulsion means you choose, break when you're out and 10miles away from launch ?
  3. If it is only matter of range (ie motorized propulsion ), look into Bixpy (rudder-mounted or mounted through MD opening), Torqeedo or DIY trolling motor.
  4. Techbargains has a link, so prolly do most other "deal sharing" sites https://amzn.to/2QTDj2U
  5. Not much of "discussion" so far, more of a sermon. Example: every now and then I get weak and start thinking about getting a boat. I am kind of guy that likes metalworking, does maintenance on cars etc. So I go to utube to find out what typical outboard maintenance to expect. Find a dude out of NZ. Just a wealth of info, tons of tips... he does like 30m vids on separating lower end etc. So I decide to share it. EDITED OUT There were other cases, kayak stuff IIRC. Robert F1elds I think. Pr0f Salt - the GUY when it comes to rigs fishing in Gulf. R0kk1t Kit out of Oz, who fishes bay of Sidney. Sublime footage. G*d forbid he gets an extra subscriber out of NJ, cant have that ! Have to realize that folx out there, that put their time and money into making vids, are frequently sponsored by "NAME_YOUR_FISHING_GEAR_MAKER" - w logos splashed across the screen in opening seconds. Instantly disqualifies all of this content. Other vids have , OH HORROR, links to "partner" listings on Amazon, cause everyone surely needs to buy that same rod/lure to catch same size fish. Instantly disqualifies all of that content. more or less 99% of youtube vids cant be shared because of this "rule". Needs to change
  6. Wink wink wink On a serious note, I hope I didnt have to do the kabuki dance just to share a safety vid from a dude 10,000 miles away with fellow forum members. ANY of utube vids could be construed as advertising, as they inevitably feature some kind of man made doodads. Clothes, shoes, hats, kayaks, paddles, etc Or viewed as a thin veiled attempt to get folx to sub to the video's uploader channel. There're true gems of knowledge on youtube, full of highly educational and free content, but we cant share those, had my posts edited since I dared to point to such channels. One was a dude in Oz that has lots of outboard repair stuff. Ouch ! I am always careful with product PSA when a good deal is on, never a direct link to product, as those could be partner links and I want to make sure folx know I am not making a penny there. So I only provide product name, ppl have to search for product and hope the right listing comes up and is selected.
  7. On utubes, search for "Fishing Kayak Surf Brace Roll Recover". This is coming back, filmed from the beach. Has to be the craziest one I've ever seen. I dont understand why they (mods) police utube links so hard, but since this one is from Oz, hope they let it be since noone is making or loosing $.01 on it. Cat has tons of surf launch educational stuff as well. As in surf surf, good good. While Prof Salt does it out in the Gulf, Oz surf is much crazier
  8. Lets discuss the trolling motors. The bees knees are the RC brushless motors, optionally coupled to reducing gear box. Simply insane amt of torque, extremely well proven through years of RC models - both the motors and the controllers, very small in size. 2 designs have emerged: one is Torqeedo, with planetary gear reduction box, driving a largish, very aggressive high pitch custom prop, max RPM about 1500 (~$1500, includes fancy throttle controller w/ display, battery). The baby 403 size develops about 30lb of thrust (?) #2: thruster type, direct drive of a small turbine inside of a shroud - Bixpy, ~$1000 (battery + wrist mounted wireless controller). These rev much higher, probably north of 15K, so no need for gear box, can be driven directly by the motor. ~20lb of thrust - mostly limited due to self-imposed size limit and safety considerations (these same propulsion units could be used for diving). I hope that an enterprising type in China sees an opportunity here and gives us something like a barebone propulsion kit, Torqeedo style head (motor + planetary gear) with your choice of shaft length (say 1" OD in 18" and 24"), separate (not shaft-mounted) sealed ESC controller, your choice of props: 2 or 3 blade, with say 3-4 pcs included in the kit. Or do a thruster-type head instead. May be 35-40lb of thrust You'd use your own battery with it (most RC motors are very voltage friendly, anything from 6v on to 24v+). Be probably $50 in parts, sell it for $200. Design it so that shaft seal is user-replaceable. Heck, may be even the motor - but those are practically eternal, no brushes to replace. These would sell like hot cakes, world-wide. Aliexpress !
  9. No bait no wait
  10. Any of them in US ? All ebay listings are in EU, averaging $100 per bottle delivered.
  11. radiant heater. Totally safe. Thermostat is built in. These dont dry the air at all as it doesn't pass over a red-hot spiral or anything like that. Warm to the touch etc
  12. Dont overthink it if paddle is secondary in terms of propulsion. Anything under $100 with ~5 stars on Amazon would be a yuuge upgrade from alum. I have had this for few years: Carlisle Magic Plus Kayak Paddle
  13. In that particular case, meh, water @ 60F, plenty of boats around. Radio + PFD. Take the valuables off the kayak (which would still be floating), snap a picture and zoom away. Side bonus: no need to properly dispose of the old hull In some other setting, yes, folx could die
  14. I'd be careful revealing folx behind forum names. Be sufficient to say someone is with Co. Cat is kewl. Has knowledge, backbone, wits, stamina. Would it be better (incl for Hobie brand) if 1st reply from him, to Elias' original message, read "so sorry about it, replacement hull is enroute, be at your place 1st thing in the morning. They will also pick up old hull, so we could study how to prevent what is likely a manufacturing defect." ? Does a bear take dumps in the woods ?
  15. The battery pack (cells) inside of these does have the balance connector, which plugs into the BMS. That's how I got to individual nnP cells w/o exposing the actual cells - that will require a heat gun. The green versions of the battery provide ez access to the BMS, 6 torx screws under the top sticky decal. Black versions are older and the top lid is hot glued in. FIY, factory also places a separate , hidden, serial number sticker under top decal (some ebay sellers remove the externally visible serial #). LiFePo4 have extremely stable chemistry and are effectively an eternal battery, esp if you can provide some manual balancing TLC as I described. Specifically, LiFePo4 are nearly immune to death-by-overcharge/discharge. Still BMS makes sure the cells stay in comfort zone. For Lifepo4, it means you dont want these dropping below 2.7v when in use or going above 3.9v when charging. Valence has something like 6 temp sensors, spread out throughout the battery enclosure, BMS disconnects the battery should temp rise out of spec. And bonus section on cells. State-of-the-art cells now come in capacity of up to 15AH per cell. Such cell could be about 2" in OD and 6" long and could provide up to 100A current (for about 10mins with 15AH cells) - thats almost 1/2 HP from one cell! Tesla cells are much smaller, about 6AH capacity. Say we want to make 60AH 12V pack using 15AH cells. We'd get 4 cells and connect them in parallel , that will provide the required 60AH, but at 3.4V - which is the sweet voltage spot for lifepo4 . These 4 cells will always auto-balance due to parallel connection, you will not have to individually balance em and in most setups, these would be spot WELDED together, so you'd have no way to even get at individual cell. The resulting mini-pack is called 4P, for "4 cells in parallel" To get the required 12V, we need to connect the 4 of 4P packs in series. The resulting configuration would be called 4S4P, using total of 16 cells (Tesla uses thousands of indiv cells !). It is the individual 4P mini-packs that require balancing to maximize overall charge. Since we can draw 60A for 1hr at 12V (thats what 60AH means for 12V batts), such battery would be rated as 60x12 = 720WHr. In reality, most of the power delivery will happen at lifepo4 sweet voltage of ~3.4v per cell, meaning even higher WHr (4 x 3.4v x 60A) Enthusiasts are going crazy with the high capacity cells, building state of the art power packs for solar, bikes, bicycles, portable and other uses.