Propulsion

Whenever I’m talking to people about the Jackson Coosa, my tags are “Accessibility” and “Versatility”.  It is true that the boats are easy to move around, travel well and can get me to just about any hunting or fishing scenario in the intermountain west… and, what’s best, away from people.  The problem with the Jackson boats is moving and fishing at the same time.  Having to constantly paddle cuts down on your efficiency.  It ends up detouring you from exploring new water and can shorten your trip distance.  Some of the other kayak companies have conquered this issue with insert pedal systems.  However, those boats do not have the comfortable chair nor the stand-ability my Coosa’s do.  I would have to invent my own propulsion system.

Enter Vista Pawn.  Like any pawn shop, they have everything; old college refrigerators, rings, guns and of course, small trolling motors.  30 years ago, before everyone had a $25,000 bass boat bought on fake money, people spent a bunch of time in canoes.  Shakespeare made lots of different small trolling motors.  I bought one for $30.

Because the Coosa has a flat back with a carrying handle above, it was easy to fashion a piece of Trex decking to the back using two U-bolts.  I then dropped the motor mount onto the piece of wood and added another U-bolt to the shaft.  I then ran a piece of weed whacker string from either side of the U-Bolt plate, through the anchor cable eyelets to the foot rests (The cable is all on the outside of the boat).  I drilled holes through the ends of a 30 inch piece of PVC pipe and inserted the cable.  That piece of PVC rests perfectly on the Coosa foot rests.  I tightened the cable at the stern using wing nuts on the U-bolt and have a great steering system for my feet.

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