Since the little Kicker did sterling service a few weeks ago getting both me and the Elling safely back after the main decided to expire a mile or so out…saved me a seriously long row back…so thought a quick motor update in order.
First off, plenty of room on the narrow Elling KB350 transom for the super slim kicker next to the main with one transom wheel removed and stowed aboard. Also being so light and compact no problem simply storing on deck in its padded bag and mounting on transom at sea as and when required.
Easy enough to control with 6 forward and 6 reverse speeds plus stop via a three button wireless fob which can be attached to wrist or motor, the latter for me. Perhaps overly complicated, but other versions of this motor are available for kayaks/paddle boards or even bow mounted trolling motor’s where remote operation a given.
Performance wise don’t expect anything thrilling, as at best it’s only a trolling motor.
We recorded the following speeds via gps on the Elling KB350 one up plus kit, going against tide (negligible flow) and into a gentle 8/10mph headwind.
Level 1…2mph - claimed run time 2.5hrs
Level 2…3mph - claimed run time 2hrs
Level 3/4…4mph - claimed run time 1.5/1hr
Level 5/6…5mph - claimed run time 45/30min
Have found the claimed run times achievable after a couple or three charges so confident we can rely on a solid 1.5 hours at a mix of levels 2 and 3 which seems a sensible compromise re. speed versus battery life.
Have to accept this is a get you home motor only in favourable conditions and limited distance. For many, myself included, in a tiny sib there is no practical option to carry even the lightest 13kg, or even room on the transom, for a 2.5hp petrol motor. So working on the assumption anything is better than nothing, it sort of makes sense.
It ain’t ideal with such limited power and run time, but my initial view has changed from an expensive toy, to an additional piece of safety kit worthy of the minimal deck space and weight to carry aboard just in case.
At the very least it could save you you a long row back.