Industry News 7/15/2015

B$Z: Wilderness Systems’ New Motor Drive Helps Kayak Anglers Cover More Water Than Ever Before

Wilderness Systems, the makers of high-performance kayaks for passionate anglers, recreational boaters, and expedition paddlers, announced today the addition of the brand-new Motor Drive for anglers who want to focus on casting while taking their boats further and faster into the water.

“We partnered with the proven technology of Torqeedo to create a fast, efficient, and quiet motor that will allow anglers to cover more water and enhance their fishing experience without being a distraction,” said David Maughan, designer for Wilderness Systems. “Ultimately, we just want to help people have a good time and catch more fish.”

The Motor Drive pod takes kayak propulsion technology to the next level with max cruising speeds of six miles per hour, a range of roughly 20 miles, and a rechargeable lithium battery that lasts up to eight hours on a single charge. For longer range, the battery can be continuously charged with an after-market solar panel. It’s the perfect hands-free addition for anglers or recreational boaters who want to cruise the shoreline at a set speed and direction while casting or resting.

At 15 lbs., the Motor Drive, including the battery, is lightweight and comes equipped with an intelligent remote throttle that displays GPS-calculated speed, battery runtime, and battery range. The Drive allows kayakers to maintain full forward/reverse functionality with a kill switch that shuts down the motor in emergency situations. Motor Drive boasts an interlocking feature that works with the boat’s center console scupper to hold the pod in a low draft retracted position.

The self-contained, plug-and-play motor is quiet and easy to drop into compatible boats, including Wilderness System’s A.TA.K. and Thresher models as well as the Tarpon 130X to be released in Spring 2016. The Motor Drive is available in retail stores in late 2015.

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