Iím not using a jet ski as a dingy. They have a bad rap in my book. I know most users are fine, but a few bad apples, spoil the bunch. AND your feet will most likely get wet while using one. And Iím kind of a penny pincher. I also donít like PWCs or outboards because I hate smelling like gas & oil
, hate the hassle of having it on board, the maintenance
involved, the noise
, so I did something I havenít seen done before, and itís working out for me.
I purchased an off brand 4-person, 10-foot inflatable
(GoPlus) dingy. It seems to be of decent quality, reasonable money
. I also purchased a larger trolling motor
. It has 86-pound feet of torque. I never intend to pull anybody skiing, or anything like that, just go from my boat to shore, and back. Something several trips, depending on how many people, supplies, et al. Now I work
for a company that makes an all-electric APU, so Iím into the electric
thing, and know about efficiencies, so I can tell you this 86-pound foot trolling motor will propel this dingy just fine, make her plane, no, but thatís not the intent of a dingy now is it? But TO AVOID ANYONE THINKING ABOUT STEALING IT, I have that covered too. And this can be done by any one on anything.
First, the battery box
was designed to be mounted on the transom. And the weight of the box, the AGM battery
, and the trolling motor are less than a 10 HP outboard motor, the largest motor allowed on the dingy, so I have not altered its safety
in any way. This battery box
is designed to covers the handles of the screws that hold the motor in place. I have denied access to any bolts to remove the battery
box, or the motor. So, if youíre going to steal it, youíre going to steal the whole thing. So go ahead. I have two GPS
tracking devices hidden onboard, on inside the trolling motor, & one inside the dingy. Law Enforcement will have you whenever THEY want you. And I will press full charges.
Recharging is done while connected to the boat, by a 4-wire plug
. Only 2 wires are carrying power to the batteries
. The other 2 simply complete a circuit that when disconnected alarm
me (and the thief(s)). Sorry, I worked too hard my whole life to let those who donít work
hard to take my stuff for free. Theyíre lucky I let law enforcement deal with them, and not me.
I also have LED navigation
lights that I have run for 10 hours, and have lost
2 volts of battery power, and have powered the trolling motor for 6 hours, with no noticeable loss of performance. I simply canít imagine needing to use it longer than that before finding time for a recharge. Now most people would find a trolling motor on the back of a dingy strange, dumb, or useless, and thatís fine; BECAUSE MOST THINGS LIKE THAT ARENT STOLEN, BUT IT WORKS PERFECT FOR ME. And as a plus, it is nearly silent coming back to my boat in the middle of a pack of other boats anchored at night.