Ocean Kayak has introduced the Torque Angler, an innovative fishing kayak which has been custom built to take a drop-in Minn Kota electric motor unit. The compact motor module weighs just 20lbs (9kg) and simply slots in place in a large scupper behind the seat. When it is not required a detachable skeg can be fitted so the Torque functions as a standard kayak. The motor plugs into an outlet at the back of the kayak and the battery goes in a sealed battery box in the centre. Because motor and battery are separate, removable units it makes them easy to handle, optimizes the kayak’s trim and keeps it light for transportation.
The Torque uses a Minn Kota Maximizer motor unit which delivers up to 33 pounds of thrust and offers forward and reverse drive. Speed is controlled through a control knob in the cockpit which offers variable speed control. This means that unlike with a fixed dial system, the throttle can be fine tuned allowing anglers to find their optimum speed. An extra large rudder provides excellent manoeuvrability and is operated by foot pedals to give hands free operation of the drive system. Minn Kota motors are renowned for their near silent operation and the motor unit is coated to resist saltwater corrosion. A kill switch and battery circuit breaker have been fitted for safety.
The craft is a completely new design inspired by the popular Prowler Trident range of fishing kayaks so offers all the features today’s kayak angler has come to expect from Ocean Kayak. The motor and hull have been seamlessly integrated so the 4.2m (13’ 10”) Torque offers a dry, stable ride. For comfort there is a padded seat back and foot braces. Other features include a large bow hatch, areas to mount fishing accessories, a transducer compatible scupper hole and a paddle keeper. The Torque comes in two colours, yellow and sand and will be available from Johnson Outdoors dealers later this year. For more information about Ocean Kayak and more great paddling innovations please visit www.oceankayak.com.
The new Torque and other great recreational products from Johnson Outdoors UK will be on stand H009 at the Southampton Boat Show, 11-20th September, 2009.