If your thinking of buying a kayak with trolling motor included then you must take a look at the Ocean Kayak “Torque” model. A Cadillac built for the serious angler.
Both the kayak and trolling motor are very impressive. Learn more specifics about the motor, its seamless integration and infinitely variable speed controls further down the page. Please beware, this is an electric trolling motor and the battery is not included in the purchase.
The company that produces this model is Ocean Kayak and is well known for producing quality, top of the line fishing kayaks. They produce many different lines to choose from. However, this review specifically deals with their “Torque” Kayak and how to get the best deal.
This is a sit-on-top that measures 13 feet and 10 inches in length and 29 inches in width. And stands heads-and-shoulders above all other kayaks this company produces.
Why do so many Anglers love the “Torque” Kayak?
Indeed, there are so many different reasons. From the removable skegs, to its extra large rudder. From its huge stern with bungee rigging, to the dual paddle keepers. From the blah, blah , blah :). OK there are a lot of great features but the absolute most talked about and sought after feature is….
When you buy the Ocean Kayak Torque it comes with a Trolling Motor
The Minn Kota Trolling Motor is an electric 33 lb thrust motor with a weedless propeller and can travel at speeds up to 5.5 mph on the water.
If you do happen to fish in saltwater no worries. It has a saltwater coating on the outside and a sacrificial anode. But what’s most impressive about this motor and kayak combination is how the motor fits in the hull so seamlessly, it’s completely integrated into the boat.
How is this motor integrated into the kayak? View the image below
In the rear there’s a larger scupper that the motor drops into. You just drop it in. In the front of the kayak is where you will be placing the electric battery into. Then to activate the motor you just plug it into the outlet located in the back. The motor weighs only 20 lbs and it also floats.
Included on the Minn Kota trolling motors dashboard: infinitely variable speed controls, a reverse control and a kill switch.
The Torque Kayaks trolling Motors Speed Control
The motor allows for optimal control. This isn’t the typical 5-speed.
At one extreme, the Minn Kota trolling motor allows the angler to reach speeds up to 5.5 miles per hour.
But at the other extreme One very cool thing about the speed control on the Minn Kota trolling motor that needs to be mentioned.When trolling using a 5-speed motor even when in speed 1 settings can be too fast. But the speed control of the Minn Kota motor allows the angler to set the speed to where the engine prop is barely visibly moving.
The speed control also allows the angler to the motor to any infinite speed in reverse.
How this motor is seamlessly integrated into the boat is absolutely genius. Of course, there are many other fishing kayaks that allow trolling motors to be attached but generally this is done by using 2×4 technology or strapped to the rudder. These ways of attachment are not comparable to the way the Ocean Kayak “Torque” handles the addition of a trolling motor.
If one day you decide not to use the motor then you can just remove it from the scupper and drop in the skeg. This provides the angler a ton of versatility.
Here’s an awesome video that will allow you to see exactly what this Ocean Kayak “Torque” model is all about.
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