I am after a plans or designs tips etc for battery powered Kontikis living on the westcoast doing a lot of Surfcasting and rock fishing was wanting to try Kontiki but battery powered, I heard of one you can make one using tube and a car wiper blade motor ????
Can any one help ????
Did you see the episode on Gone Fishing last year that had an electric powered contiki from a piece of waste pipe, with a rugby ball stuffed in the front, a timer.
It looked OK. It was there mark 4 or 5 version so I guess continual experimentation is required to get it working properly.
There was also a brief article in one of the fishing mags about five or six months back.
Sorry I havent got any specifics for you but someone on here will know more.
Good luck on the Project
I agree with you.The risk of somebody running over the line is too great when you look at the cost of Electric kontikis.
You can buy the genuine Motorguide 30lb thrust 12 volt kontiki motors from Underwood & Wilkins Marine in Whakatane for about $300.00. They usually have a small add in the back pages of NZ Fishing News magazine with more details.
You will also need a timer mechanism/circuit, a battery management circuit (so you don't stuff those expensive GelCells by over discharging), and an intelligent type battery charger so you get maximum charge & long life out of those GelCells. Everything must also be completely water and corosion proof.
Keep in mind that there are only about 4 beaches without foul bottom that are suitable for long line fishing between Mokau and New Plymouth.
I've fished these areas with kite long lines over the years, and would think twice about risking an electric kontiki without having a recovery kayak as a backup measure.
Best of luck.
On a foul bottom the mainline itself can be cut by sharp rocks or jammed in crevices or between rocks by the stopper knots, swivels, crimps or sinkers on the backbone. A sliding float arrangement can help to prevent this happening by lifting the backbone section clear of the bottom during retrieval.