The Helix MD is a compact electric propulsion system for Flex Pod OS-compatible kayaks from Wilderness Systems.
Based on Torqeedo’s Ultralight 403 model, the motor weighs 15 pounds and drops into a specially designed scupper. The prop and skeg extend from the centerline of the hull, with the nominal weight forward of the kayaker to maintain a better-balanced boat. The Helix MD is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery with integrated GPS and offers a run time of up to eight hours. $1,999. Torqeedo, Crystal Lake, Illinois, (815) 444-8806. torqeedo.com
This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue.