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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:20 am 
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Could not buy what I wanted so I built my own hinged bracket system for the Torqeedo. It was a project of love and ambition. I am a bit of a perfectionist so I went all out on this one. No expense or time or Engineering efforts were spared.

My design requirements which were met were;
High quality. Must look like OEM. Corrosion proof. Motor must be able to be raised or lowered from the seating position by one cord. Motor must fold back so no part of the system sticks out past the handle. System must not intrude on any useable Kayak work space. Drill no holes. Fully reversible. Motor swing arm to be quickly removable (unscrew 3 screws from the topside). System should be such that trolleys or trailer can still be used. Looks stealth like. Rubber vibration absorber.

Materials;
No expense spared here.
Stainless Steel bracket, laser cut, sandblasted and powder coated.
Alodined Aluminium, Powder coated.
316 Stainless Steel screws.
316 Stainless Steel eye bolt.
Corrosion proof hinge.

Hope you like the pics!
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How goes it? Brilliant!
In fact it makes the steering control from the rudder much better. Although the steering has a bigger turn radius, the Kayak tracks very straight so its possible to go hands free on the steering. You can also pedal at the same time to turn a bit tighter. If you pedal slowly and have the power low you can travel something like 100 kms on a single battery, although somewhat slow.
If the battery goes you can still get home under pedal power and you dont have to mess about on the water swapping motor to pedal power etc.
Thats all for now.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:59 am 
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Looks pretty good, I would add another cord so that if you needed to flip it up you can also flip it back down. Great work!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Wow...The mount looks great 8) How much did your total setup cost? (mount, motor, battery, wiring, etc.)...Does the motor have reverse? Can you deploy the motor using the string from the motor's stow position?...Last question...Have you actually gone 100km on a single battery charge? :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:27 pm 
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A couple of things I forgot to mention.

The hinge is spring loaded, so when you release the cord it deploys by itself. So yes you can raise and lower the motor with one cord from the seating position.
If you hit something with the motor it will as a result hinge backwards for some protection. Selecting a small amount of reverse will work but too much will cause the motor to breach. I could have done more with the points above but after 6 months I just wanted to get the motor and Yak back in the water. -no great loss, as its winter here now.
The setup is pretty expensive.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:46 am 
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:)


Last edited by oasisman on Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:08 am, edited 1 time in total.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:54 am 
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This is a very nice and good mount install system, really. My congratulations.
Torqeedo mount system is ugly and intricate; evolve set in drive-well has no versatiliy and creates only negative collateral effects: dragging, weeds, etc.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:13 pm 
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that is a very neat set up


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:22 pm 
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One of your design criteria was "drill no holes". It looks like you have screws? How are these supported / backed?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:39 am 
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Nice job.

To Hollada, the mount uses existing threaded inserts. Two on the back of the rudder quadrant cover and the two that hold the rear handle.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:09 am 
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Now that's what I'm talking about, very nicely done design.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:19 am 
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oasisman wrote:
This is a very nice and good mount install system, really. My congratulations.
Torqeedo mount system is ugly and intricate; evolve set in drive-well has no versatiliy and creates only negative collateral effects: dragging, weeds, etc.



That's what I thought before I fonund a simple way to install the Torqeedo on the PA. I had alot of conversations with Gaz and he has a really nice solution except it doesn't allow for steering.

I wrestled with the Torqeedo Mount for along time until the DOH !!! moment.
The Torqeedo mount is great now for me. I simply deilled 2 holes in the steering gizmo cover plate and ran 2 lines from the steering gizmo to the triangle steering plate on the Torqeedo. Now I can steer using the Hobie steering system and I can use both the engine and the rudder to steer. It literally turns on a dime at any speed. I use the 2 lines in a clamp to raise and lower the engine and for reverse. Simple, quick and effective and now is a PLEASURE to use.

I loved Gaz's solution and was in the process of building my own when I had my DOH moment.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:30 pm 
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Memory Maker. can you post pictures of your set up. The torqueedo 403 is the way I want to go with my PA. I don't like the fact that you lose the Mirage drive with the evolve.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:39 pm 
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I'll have to take some .......... but you will LOVE it ........ 2 people here in Balto bought after they saw mine ......... pm me your email address


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:35 am 
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Dang, nice job. Are you a machineish by trade?


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:50 pm 
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Memory Maker
Could you please post the photos of what you made?? I'm sure that I'm not the only one who would like to view your craftmanship!!

Thanks in advance.
Regards.....


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