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Old 07-23-2018, 09:59 AM   #21
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I bought the Bixby rear mount for the pa last year. Also got the watersnake motor to try and modify it into the mount. From what I remember reading that the Bixby lacked power. Hoping the watersnake and this mount is
good.

I gotta stop being lazy and continue with the project.
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Old 07-30-2018, 05:52 PM   #22
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Finally tried out the Rear mounted Bixpy + Mirage drive....and it's FAST! Using the bixpy at a low level plus pedaling gives you 4+mph that's sustainable for very long periods. So I found that at level 2-3 + pedaling is easily faster than level 10 the highest speed on the bixpy, when your using it just by itself. Battery life using this setup has probably doubled and maybe even tripled...to tell you the truth I don't really know how long battery life could be extended....cause when I started the day I had 6 led's and when I came back I had 6 led's on saturday. This is just using it to travel to the fishing grounds and making bait and then traveling back....probably around 2 miles each way give or take...


Downside of course is the extra setup and break down time your gonna have...but if your into hauling ass traveling to and from the fishing grounds...this might be your thang!

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Old 08-21-2018, 03:13 PM   #23
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What are your thoughts on surf launching and landing, at somewhere reasonable like LJ? Do you launch and land with the mirage drive instead? Can you stow the Bixby in the front hatch of a PA14 or is it too big? If you capsize in the surf, how do you secure the battery?




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Old 08-21-2018, 03:28 PM   #24
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What are your thoughts on surf launching and landing, at somewhere reasonable like LJ? Do you launch and land with the mirage drive instead? Can you stow the Bixby in the front hatch of a PA14 or is it too big? If you capsize in the surf, how do you secure the battery?




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Surf launching with the rear mounted bixpy could be done, but probably should only be done on the easiest low surf days. It would be too easy to start breaking things if things went sideways during launching and landing. Now as far as the Mirage drive well mounted bixpy...no problem. Just store it in the front hatch, battery and all and take it out when you need it. Oh another thing to mention is that the battery floats...so does the mirage drive adapter.
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Old 08-21-2018, 07:35 PM   #25
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Wait...what...huh? The battery floats? Yes!!!
Just to be clear, does the jet/motor section float too?

And it fits inside the plastic insert tray on the PA14?!

Itís going on my birthday list

So legally Iím supposed to register as a vessel, but realistically I might not have to if I keep a low profile?


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Old 08-21-2018, 10:04 PM   #26
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Wait...what...huh? The battery floats? Yes!!!
Just to be clear, does the jet/motor section float too?

And it fits inside the plastic insert tray on the PA14?!

Itís going on my birthday list

So legally Iím supposed to register as a vessel, but realistically I might not have to if I keep a low profile?


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If you are using the mirage drive adapter mount, yes to be clear....it ALL FLOATS! Battery, adapter + bixpy. Go ahead throw the whole system over the side...yes it will float.

I guess technically you are supposed to register your kayak if you use a motor....but I havenít, nobody has hassled me....yet. Should you? Your just gonna have to answer that question yourself.

Now with that said...I definitely prefer to use the rear mount for the bixpy plus the mirage drive so Iím using duel methods of propulsion. Like I said earlier in the thread, it seems to more than triple battery life compared to bixpy only. Now the rear mount is a lot more gear to setup and break down but the advantage cannot be denied.
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Old 08-22-2018, 07:33 AM   #27
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Finally tried out the Rear mounted Bixpy + Mirage drive....and it's FAST!
With the conversation going around about crossing the channel in October, THIS would be the rig I'd choose. Even when you get tired, the bixpy keeps on tickin'...

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Old 08-23-2018, 05:12 AM   #28
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I've been wanting to get one for my PA17, have both the peddles and the motor.
Well worth it.
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