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The list grows every year and 2019 is bigger than ever, and more of us are now competing abroad as well.

Making the decision on which to attend is getting harder and harder.... more

Kayak Projects HOBIE OUTBACK - TOURNAMENT SET UP HOBIE REVOLUTION 16 Rod Rest Anchor Trolley Fitting a Garmin EchoMAP 75sv Finder Bait Cutting Board SideKick AMA Kit Hobie Gear Bucket Camera Mounts Vantage Seat Bag Fitting YakAttack GearTrac Hobie H-Crate Hobie Gear Pockets HOBIE REVOLUTION 13 Fitting a Lowrance Fish Finder Screw Hole Repair Fitting YakAttacks GTSL90 Track System Fitting YakAttack GTSL90 with Rigging Bullets YakAttack BlackPak SeaDek Sound Proofing The Hobie Sail Kit Hobie Sail Reefing Device Hobie Rudder Upgrade Fitting Hobie Sidekicks CAPER Getting Started Fitting a 6" Hatch Fitting a Fish Finder Installing a Flush Rod Holder Installing a Dash Mount Compass Making a Paddle Keeper Fixtures and Fittings List TRIDENT 11 Getting Started Tankwell Hatch Rudder Controls Torqeedo Controls TRIDENT 15 Fitting a RAM-117 Rod Holder Fitting a Richie Kayaker S-59 Compass Fitting a Navigation Light Fitting a Humminbird Fishfinder/GPS PROWLER 13 Prowler Seat Upgrade Fitting a Scotty Triple Rod Holder Fitting Ocean Kayak's Flush Mounts Making Rocket Launcher Style Rod Holders Installing a Fishfinder v2 Anchor Trolley System Anchor Trolley System for 2007 Prowler 13 The Crate P13 Fixtures and Fittings List MALIBU II XL Laying Out Fittings Fitting a Gaspachi Hatch Central Cargo Net 4 inch Hatch Scotty Flush Deck Mounts Malibu Rod Mounts PROJECT EXTRAS Scupper Pro Rod Pod Conversion Anchor Line Reel - Paul Fennell (Darnsarf) High Visibility Light Rod Building Hatch Accessory Bag Grapnel Anchor Bait Tank Buoy Leash Petrol Jet Drive Fitting an Eagle Fishfinder Big Game Console Scotty Double Extension Rod Holders Rod Holders and Mount Guide Fitting a Centre Hatch RAM-119SW Fly Fishing Line Tray Paddle Selector Kayak Fishing Photograph and Videography Kayak Storage Rack SCUPPER PRO

Mounting the Torqeedo

Now it was time to open the Torqeedo packaging and take a look inside. The box has two layers of polystyrene which protects and presents the Torqeedo parts in a very pleasing manner. Under both layers there is a drybag with shoulder straps which can be used to carry all of the fittings to the beach.

The goodies on the top layer.

The bottom layer is more exciting.

To mount the motor we need to fit the mounting arm, an aluminium boom with a clamp at one end which is mounted on a ball mount similar to that of the RAM system.

The position of the ball mount is quite critical, on the T11 I didn’t have a lot of room to place it and I had to ensure that the motor would not snag against the rudder when under power. I would have preferred that the mounting arm to have been a couple of centimetres longer.

To make positioning a little easier I was able to hold the base of the Torqeedo motor in a work bench, whilst it was attached to the mounting arm which in turn was loosely mounted to the ball mount, I juggled around till the arm was in a horizontal position, the fittings were all clear of the rudder controls and there was still enough room between the rudder and Torqeedo motor, its worth noting at this stage that the motor is very powerful and there will be some forward movement as the propeller forces its way through the water, the mounting arm is also forced downwards due to the considerable power.

Checking level of the mounting arm prior to fitting.

There are two types of fittings supplied to mount the ball mount, one is using screw anchors, the second the standard nut and bolt system, I chose the latter.

The position of the ball mount was decided and the first hole marked and drilled. I then dropped a bolt into the first hole, repositioned the ball mount and drilled the next hole, dropping a bolt in and repeating until all four bolts were fitted. The ball mount was then removed from the hull. A squirt of Loctite 595 sealant adhesive was squeezed into each of the holes in the deck. The rubber gasket placed over the holes and the ball mount placed on the gasket, each bolt in turn was then screwed into the deck.

Marking the position of the ball mount for drilling.

Drilling through the mount holes to ensure alignment.

Holes drilled and cleaned.

Ball mount, black sealing plate and white backing plate.

Adding a dab of sealant adhesive to each hole.

Rubber seal in place.

Inserting the black spacer/washers and bolts.

Inside the hull a polyethylene reinforcing plate was slid over the four protruding bolts, washers and nylon nuts were then fitted and tightened in turn to give a secure fit. All the bolts supplied for fitting the Torqeedo are top quality with Allen Key heads, which means no burred heads, an Allen Key is provided to make things easier.


Finishing the hatch

I had now finished inside the hull, so back to the hatch.

With the lid screwed back into the rim, the hatch was sat into the hole and aligned, the first hole was marked at the top, I then centre punched the mark and drilled the first hole. Using M4 counter sunk bolts I fitted the first one. With the hatch held in place, I continued to drill around the hatch until all the holes were drilled.

Marking the hatch for drilling.

Pre punching the holes.

With one bolt in place drilling the other holes.

I then removed the hatch and cleaned up all the holes with a sharp blade.

This hatch is likely to get very wet so a good seal is required, I don’t rely on the rubber seal alone, I added a little Loctite 595 to each of the holes and on the inside rim of the hatch, enough so that when the hatch was bolted in position the silicone would ooze from underneath. The hatch was pressed into position and all the bolts tightened with nuts and washers behind. Finally the cover was replaced and any excess sealant wiped away with a wet finger.

More silicone sealant on the drill holes...

... and all around the inside lip of the hatch to ensure a water tight seal.

Holding the nuts whilst screwing up tight. 


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