I splurged and bought an Electric Paddle this past summer: http://www.electricpaddle.com/
We used it to cover distances on day trips on the big lakes in the Adirondacks. Medical and other issues lead us to not camp this year. I have been studying Adirondack history, and made this an opportunity to view historic locales that I had previously shunned as being too touristy and having too many motorboats. Without the Electric Paddle, we would have needed two days and an overnighter to cover the many miles covered in one day trip, on Raquette, Tupper, and Long Lakes, and on the Raquette and Saranac Rivers.
The Electric Paddle was so quiet, we could carry on a fine conversation in our Wenonah Spirit II. Most folks could not hear it until right on top of us, and it caused quite a few double takes. Motor is 11 lbs, and battery 18 lbs, if memory serves. Super light. We could paddle with it and rather effortlessly cruise at hull speed. Or, we could eat, drink, stretch, and keep moving at a good clip. Like having a third paddler who never tires.
So far, I am very satisfied with the investment. I have absolutely no affiliation with the company. I will do a comprehensive review when time allows.
Kayak Motor Kit
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