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No more dealing with Cabela's and ascend nuance's, I finally upgraded to something I can relax a little in.

After hours of research, I decided to skip pedal drive altogether and jump straight to powered.

Being able to stand in a kayak and fish, there's no way I wanted to switch back to sitting only, and I couldn't find a great pedal drive with an open deck, that I could install a motor on, and just run a plug in the pedal drive spot if/when i wasn't using it. (Paddleboard hybrids were another option, but I still wanted gunnels)

I've seen nucanoes as an option for years, I love the open concept design and this year's model is nicely updated, the company is very active on their social media,they offer 3 years warranty on the hull and free lifetime replacement parts. Definitely took input from their users and fixed a lot of the little issues from previous models. And made in the USA!

Went with a motorguide Xi3 with gps, 55# thrust and a 36" shaft marketed for kayaks specifically. It's no MinnKota, but for the price, and still has pinpoint (spot lock) and gps tracking, its hard to beat.

Boat is 12'6" and 41" wide, I can walk around in it without stabilizers. (6'3 and 290lbs) seat swivels 360, and there's just over 22' of aluminum track in it.

Lots of rigging to do, still need get a lithium battery, and I'll need to register it.

So far I'm very happy with it, and glad I didn't go with a jon boat. Paddles way better than the ascend 128x I had previously.
 

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Nice setup!
 
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Battery moved

Very impressed with the larger marineco 70amp plug, way overkill for this motor, but it's SO much better than the twist lock versions

The black plate in the first photo are sacrificial spots to do thru-hull wiring, there's one on each side near the chair as well

Rear thru-hull is a yak attack kit
 

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Those are great boats. I was close to buying one. The only thing stopping me was I had to car top it and it was more than I could handle. I ended up with a Hobie Revolution 11. It’s narrow and I’ve never even attempted to stand in it but after 4 + years of use it has been rock solid for me.

You will have that thing slimed up in no time.

~JOE~
 

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Talk about a wallet squeezer

Just ordered a lithium battery for it.

100aH and only 24lbs. Half the weight and twice the power of the everstart I've been using.

Not too happy with the stock prop on the motorguide.
 

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Battery and scupper plugs came in rebuilt my storage cart to be a full 12'

Couple reports on Facebook of hulls sagging if they weren't fully supported, especially in a garage that turns into an oven in the summer
 

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Seat raise going in as well, found some 2x2 steel tubing, just had to cut it down

Going to mount a drawer under the seat as well.
 

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Fixed rudder (skeg) install, spring loaded down, no holes in the boat. Used a factory transom plate and a cheap rudder kit from Amazon.
 

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Looks pretty solid - thanks for the continued updates on the project!
 
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Expensive night!

Dropped some coin on these Ram-X / Hobie rod holders, rocket launcher style with the 1.5" ram ball at the base with a kayak track adapter.

One Objective kayak keel gaurds are on, one on the bow and one at the transom. Went on very smooth, curved around the hull just fine.
 

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10 hours on the water yesterday, no running issues at all, need to play with the rudder a little bit

Not in love with this front mounted rod holder, but it worked

 
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