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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:40 am 
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I recently purchased 2018 Hobe revolution 13. I am going to install a Torqueedo 403 ultra light on the rear. I am not sure whether to hook it up directly to the rudder or have it in a stationary position. I would appreciate any advice. Also if anybody has any installation tips they could share with me. I would very much appreciate it. I may have Extra battery for sale if anybody is interested. The battery will be brand-new factory fresh it's the 11 Amp Hour batter for the 403 ultra light. thank you


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 6:26 pm 
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I just purchased the 403 from Defender Industries for $1,565 delivered. It will show $1,799 till you place it in your cart. With that say you may want to wait till March 1st to order. The word on the street is that Torqeedo is coming out with some big news in the next week or two. Supposedly they are going to offer a "build you motor" option. I don't know if that's true or not, BUT that's the rumor.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:16 am 
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Thanks for the info I think it’s too late for me. Already a done deal


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:01 pm 
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I vote for the stationary position with a kick-up feature in case you hit something. Today I tried out my Bixpy motor with attachments for the drive and one for the rudder, long story short....I want total control of my rudder.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:59 pm 
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I also feel you will be much better served with the ball mount and the flip up mount, keep the motor off the rudder, (bad idea).
With the swing up mount you can tie into your steering and steer the motor as well, though not usually neccessary).
We have outboards on our TI, and keep them locked straight, and steer with the main rudder, works just fine. If the rudder fails, we can always unlock the motors and steer with them as a backup.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:53 pm 
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I mounted my 403 using Tom Kirkman's method (search on these boards for them). Essentially I removed all the mounting equipment, made Tom's PVC holder to mount the motor into a rod holder.

Benefits:
- no need to leave the Torqeedo mounting hardware on the kayak.
-> lighter!!!
-> easier to car top
- no holes to drill in the kayak for the Torqeedo mounting hardware
- no extra ropes to flip up the mount; just reach over and pull the motor out of the rod holder.
- in the waters I fish, it can be weedy at times. Very easy to lift the motor out one handed and clear the weeds fouling the propeller (MAKE sure to remove the safety magnetic switch first!!!)
- no disrespect to Mr Kirkman ... but I love the DIY'y look of the PVC mount. I've actually been complimented for the DIY ingenuity (I give all credit to Tom). Makers with more skill than myself can make that look more professional :lol:

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the hardest thing to find was the 'conduit hanger'. But you can buy them from Amazon.


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