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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:49 am 
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Anyone thought about fixing an electric motor/prop in place of the mirage drive ?

One would say: why would you do this ?

I can find 2 answers:
- because it could be fun
- because it can be done

I saw some nice little motors at http://www.minnkotamotors.com
but they have a long driving shaft, not sure i need this.

Actually just the propeller and motor are needed. It would not be difficult to fix them where the mirage drive is setting. Then you run some wire to your batetry in the front compartment. Some switch for on/off and ideally reverse..and up you go...

just a thought...

Hugues
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 2:46 pm 
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Well Hugues,
I think you might be on a novel idea, especially if applied to the front well of a tandem. I can tell you from bass boat fishing, that having forward and reverse at your fingertips when positioning and casting to a tight loacation in the wind or current, can be quite useful. Wouldn't be unpopular on the way home after a long day either!
Check out this link. http://yakabout.com.au/home/content/view/474/46/


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:26 am 
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I did a search on our forum for Torqueedo - came up with these results:

search.php?keywords=torqueedo&terms=all&author=&sc=1&sf=all&sk=t&sd=d&sr=posts&st=0&ch=300&t=0&submit=Search

We have been working together with this company - you may want to see a dealer and get on the list now!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:38 pm 
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hlalibe wrote:
Anyone thought about fixing an electric motor/prop in place of the mirage drive ?


I can see the appeal of what you suggest, but it moves away from the simplicity and portability of the Hobies (especially the inflatables).

The obverse of your suggestion would be to ask whether the Mirage drive would ever become available, like a small outboard, as a stand-alone propulsion system, suitable for a variety of small, lightweight, boats (not necessarily built by Hobie).

Ditch


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