Effortless Kayaking, Motorized by the Sun's Rays

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If you're too lazy to paddle your own kayak, the solar-powered SPK-1 outrigger can harness the energy of the sun to get you on your way. Three big solar panels on this kayak-mounted attachment feed power to a silent-running electric trolling motor with 36 pounds of thrust. On the next page, take a look at a detailed diagram of the SPK-1.

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The outrigger attachment, including the frame, motor, waterproofed battery in the flotation pod compartment, and solar cells with a 120-volt charger retails for $1100. Or, you could just get a real kayaker to shoot some video of a kayak trip, and then just watch it in the comfort of your own home. Sheesh. [Solar Powered Kayak]

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yougottabekidding

Cool I guess. Not sure I'd want to pay that much for solar panels and the motor just to put it on a kayak. I think I'd rather have one of those small motorized fishing boats instead. It seems to me that this defeats the purpose of a kayak altogether, that of being somewhat portable enough to hike it in and out of areas, along with the enjoyment and healthy exercise that one can get out of using it properly.