Do you want to enhance your Hobie pedal kayaking experience? It’s possible by installing an electric motor! Motorized watercrafts are offering kayak enthusiasts the ultimate way to take their hobbies to the next level. Electric motors allow users to move at a continuously quicker speed without having to get tired by non-stop pedaling. But how do you know what’s the best trolling motor for Hobie Pedal kayaks? How does the installation process go about? Don’t worry— we’ll cover it all in today’s blog!
What is the Best Trolling Motor for Hobie Pedal Kayaks?
The best trolling motor for a Hobie pedal kayak would be the Bixpy J-2. This motor is Bixpy's second major iteration to its—now-famous—jet propulsion system that has motored thousands of kayaks, paddle boards, dinghies, float-tubes, and all kinds of personal watercraft over the last years. It’s a compact, lightweight, high-performance marine motor designed especially for watercrafts such as Hobie Mirage Compass Duos.
Options for Mounting a Bixpy Motor to your Hobie Pedal Kayak
The two best mounting options for this particular kayak will be either the fin adapter that goes where the mirage drives goes, or the power pole bracket that mounts to the rear of the kayak. These are both drill-less options that don't require any holes. For exact instructions on how to install a Bixpy motor on your Hobie kayak, click here.
Power Pole Option Considerations
Regarding the power pole installation, installing it in the back is a great option. This allows you to lock your motor in the back of your kayak and keep your pedal drive as well. You can use the rudder and steering that you already have or look into a Bixpy steering option. Keep in mind that you may need a Hobie® Compass Power Pole Mounting Kit to install your Bixpy motor this way.
Bixpy Mirage Drive Considerations
The Bixpy Mirage Drive adapter will drop right into the slot where the Hobie pedal drive is—which will also come with a different shroud for an easier installation. Simply drop the motor into the mirage drive well presto! On the Hobie Compass, you have a couple of different places where you can put the battery, such as:
●Underneath the cargo net - It fits nicely and has some ridges on the side that will keep the battery from sliding out. Plus, you’ve got the cargo net holding the battery down in place.
●Underneath the seat- There is a hole where water will drain out, which will prevent any pudding from taking place. This will prevent the battery from soaking in the water and potentially getting damaged. Remember to use it on the front seat because the back seat doesn't have a drainage hole.
Enhance Your Hobie Pedal Kayaking Experience
The Bixpy Outboard Kit enables you to maximize your Hobie Kayaking experience and stay out longer, explore new waters, fish more, troll for hours, or just get home effortlessly at the end of a long tiring day on the water. When the weather turns on you, and you need an extra push to get you back, you’ll be happy you have Bixpy! If you’re ready to motorize your Hobie pedal kayak, feel free to explore all of our motor options by clicking here.