Hobie, be aware last year was a year when a lot of kayak manufacturers introduced a pedal drive to their kayak product range, and FeelFree is among them.
At ICAST 2016 FeelFree presented their pedal and motor system prototype. It’s not on the market yet; rumor says it is expected to come before summer 2017. Although Wilderness Systems already released their kayak with both pedal and motor propulsion which makes them pioneers, Feelfree is the first one who incorporated motor drive into pedal system. Motor just plugs into the pedal drive and from there is easily switched either to pedal or motor propulsion. Pedal system comes with 20:1 ratio with the propeller and possibility of changing a „gears“to suit your peddling speed and power.
The best thing about it is that this system doesn’t come with a brand new kayak. It’s actually built for existing customers that have Lure 11,5 and 13,5 models. This system fits all newer Lure models that come with sonar pod and can be placed in the existing hole. We applaud to that move.
A movie from the ICAST taken by Headwaters kayak crew:
If you were thinking of buying FeelFree Lure now you have a reason more, or two. Hopefully system will be released soon.