As many of my Clients know, STAR Kayak Sails in the USA is a one man operation with each sail, mast, and bag being handmade by me. For the purists, you may be wondering why my store is suddenly supporting motorizing our small craft as well as putting a sail on them.
For me personally, I love redundancy. If I could have two engines in my car, I would. When we are out in our kayaks or small boats, I like having every option at my disposal to ensure my safe passage and return. I have gone thru quite a lot of kayaks and have attempted to motorize several with trolling motors, but the consistent problem is the battery and motor weight. 60+ lb batteries and 20+ lb motors are the normal for most budget applications, but tend to double the empty weight of our small boats.
Evolve has some wonderful options to reduce weight with their products, but they are just too expensive to be a realistic option in my opinion.
Bixpy is a company out of Southern California which started thru a go fund me effort several years ago. Last year, I contacted them to see if they were interested in our online store carrying their products, and they graciously agreed. I currently have one of their Motor/Battery Kits with a Hobie twist & stow rudder adapter which I am running on my Oasis and will be reporting the results soon from my personal experiences. So far, I am very impressed! Lightweight, powerful, and quiet would be three great adjectives to encompass my experience.
Check out the specs below for how amazing this motor/battery set-up is!
At roughly the size and weight of a 1L bottle of water, the Bixpy Jet generates enough thrust to drive a 240 lb kayak with two adults against ocean tides and wind!
To ensure maintenance free operation and the ability to use the Bixpy Jets in fresh or saltwater, we explored every nook and cranny of the material science world. Every single part of this sophisticated device is custom built to withstand the harshest conditions. From the custom built thruster to the shaft seals, we left nothing unexplored. In addition, all the components and connectors that are submersed are IP68 rated and even the parts that are exposed to mere splashing are rated to at least IP67.
The Bixpy Outboard Power Pack features high-tech, super efficient and zero emission lithium power to keep you on the water for up to 10 hours. You can easily check the battery status through the LED power indicator located on top of the Outboard Power Pack.
The Power Pack includes a wall charger, a wireless remote control, and a magnetic kill-switch leash. The remote control operates your Jet in 10 forward speeds and 3 reverse speeds with a range of 25-30 ft. It also utilizes a two-step safety mechanism whereby the magnetic kill-switch must be connected to the Power Pack to operate the Jet. The safety mechanism of the magnetic kill-switch features two innovative functions in case the remote controller is lost or separated: you can stop the Jet’s operation by disconnecting the kill-switch or you can run the Jet at 50% power, activating the kill-switch emergency maneuver.
The versatility of the Power Pack allows you to extend your adventures on the water by easily swapping out the Power Pack with an additional Pack. You can charge your Power Pack from any wall outlet in 4.5 hours for a complete charge, which can provide a whole day of fun on the water. In addition, the auxiliary outlet on the back of the Power Pack can be connected to the Bixpy 5V and 12V auxiliary cables to charge your phone, fish-finder or other electronic gadgets.
Runs for approximately 75 minutes at top speed and up to 10 hours at slow speed
Ultralight (weighs just 9 lb including battery)
30 pounds of thrust
Operates via wireless remote control with 10 forward speeds and 3 reverse speeds
Powered by a rechargeable 25.9 V lithium-ion battery (333 Wh)
The Outboard Power Pack comes with an auxiliary outlet (5V & 12V)
Waterproof and dirtproof with corrosion-resistant components
Outboard Power Pack and remote control floats in case of accidental slippage