Review Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor T24

The T24 Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor* is certainly affordable. Well constructed and powerful enough for most kayaks. I have previously reviewed the Watersnake…

The T24 Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor* is certainly affordable. Well constructed and powerful enough for most kayaks.

I have previously reviewed the Watersnake Kayak Motor Mount which pairs with this motor.

While I find it to be a good product it is missing a feature that prevents me from rating it a full 5 out of 5 stars.

That feature is the lack of throttle control on the tiller to reduce/increase thrust.

The switches for speed and reverse settings are not adequate in my opinion. For several important reasons.

Let’s take a close look…

Power Is Perfect For A Small Kayak Or Dinghy

The thing with pounds of thrust is not to confuse them with horse power. The two are not interchangeable.

Adding more pound of thrust doesn’t equate directly to going faster.

So the T24 Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor isn’t going to propel you any faster through the water than a 32 pound motor.

The top speed, on a kayak around 10 to 12feet, in my tests was around 5 knots. At full speed you might get up to 7 knots with the current and wind in your favour.

I found this speed to be great for getting me from point A to point B.

In fact – it feels down right nippy, compared to paddling!

However, for slow trolling on a kayak it is much too quick. Even on the slowest setting.

In a small tinny (a little over 12foot) the trolling speed was fine. So this is about weight. As one might expect.

Reaching Behind To Turn On/Off Not A Great Feature

On a kayak turning around to switch the T24 Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor on and off is a real pain in the butt.

This is where a throttle on the tiller would be an excellent addition to this model – and it’s little brother the T18.

Reaching behind to the switches tends to destabilise a small kayak. Not a problem in a tinny.

On a kayak you have to twist and reach behind. I found this awkward and makes the yak tippy.

Also, the addition of a throttle would help control power consumption and speed. The two speed switches make it an all or nothing proposition.

Being able to slow down using a throttle would make trolling in a kayak viable.

This is my single biggest complaint with this model Watersnake Trolling Motor. The models bigger brothers staring with the 34 lb model have the throttle on the tiller handle.

Essentially this is a grip, much like that on a motorcycle or outboard motor, that you twist to speed up or slow down.

Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor T24 Battery Consumption

Electric trolling motors require deep cycle batteries.

A regular car or boat cranking battery isn’t going to cut it. You’ll drain the battery fast – and shorten the battery life drastically.

On a 60 a/h battery I found I got 2 and a half hours no problems with the Watersnake T24* Trolling Motor.

As this has been the maximum I’ve needed to run the motor I’ve not hit max time. But I suspect it is around 3 hours at high speed.

It’s important not to drain deep cycle batteries below 25%. So use this as a rough guide.

A 60 a/h battery is heavy on a kayak. Mine ways a tad over 17kg (37 lbs). Which is pretty heavy. A lithium battery of the same power ways less than 8kg (17 lbs).

Lithium is a great battery for the purpose. But the cost is still pretty prohibitive. Though certainly a lot less than boaties spend on even a cheap 6 h/p outboard motor!

So I really can’t fault the batter life here. A bigger battery might get last you longer. A smaller batter, say 36 a/h reportedly gets some people an hour and a half. Which may be all you need. The lighter weight being attractive.

T24 Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor Two Blade Plastic Propellor

Watersnake 2-Blade Mini Propeller Replacement 18-24 lb thrust

The Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor T24* comes with a twin blade plastic propellor. Look. It’s reasonably durable – but can be broken. Definitely carry a spare propellor with you!

Given the nature of an electric trolling motor. The amp usage would be too much if aluminium or other heavier materials were used for the propeller.

So I can’t fault them on this.

It works well. I doubt it would be any more efficient with three blades in this motor size range.

Spare blades are around $20. Definitely worth keeping a spare in your toolbox or tackle-box.

Conclusion

This is an excellent piece of equipment. The engineering is first rate. I can compare this directly to cheap trolling motors and there honestly is no comparison. The quality is definitely there.

The fact that it is saltwater rated is great if you wish to use it in estuaries, bays or inlets.

I have no problem with recommending the Watersnake Kayak Electric Motor T24 for use in Kayaks or small boats like a tinny less than 13 feet long.

My only complaint is the lack of a throttle on the tiller handle. With that – even if it costs a little more as a result – this motor would be perfect.


Review Conclusion & Product Rating

Pros

  • Lightweight and well balanced for kayak usage
  • Easy to steer. Raise and tilt in terms of weight and fittings
  • Simple installation.

Cons

  • No throttle on tiller handle. Means you have to twist and reach behind to increase.decrease speed & switch on/off.

Ease Of Use
Cost Effective
Construction Quality

Summary

Very well made.  Well finished and well designed.

I have used mine many times over the last couple of years.  Including some saltwater use.  None of the components have corroded.

My only real complaint is the lack of a throttle on the tiller. Adding this - even if it meant an increase in the price - would drastically improve this motor.
4

Price at time of Review
$149.00AUD
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Dave
Dave

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