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Yeah Pete, I thought it was quite unique and elegant. Kirk put together a kit utilizing a molded fiberglass pod into which the electric motor is mounted. It's easily installed, and adds little to the overall weight of the kayak. The motor doesnt have the big ugly head like a normal trolling engine, and all controls are mounted forward of the kayaker, conveniently placed on the forward deck. The last I heard he was talking about using a lightweight gelpack battery, which I think he said would provide about 4 hrs use at full power. Kirk is not fully handicapped and can do some paddling, but with his condition he can not maintain normal paddling for extended periods, so he utilizes the engine as an 'assist'. He points out that even non-handicapped paddlers would find his system beneficial for 'resting' while on long hauls, as well as an emergency assist if one were to get caught in unexpected heavy weather. I was present at one of his demonstrations and it was hilarious to watch the response from other kayakers (who were unaware that he had the system installed). He would make one stroke for about 5 of the other paddlers, while keeping up with them. He caused a lot of dropping jaws that day. :-) Russ

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