Hanging out at Delaware Paddlesports a few weeks back a friend of mine was on the phone purchasing the new Hobie Compass. Hobie Compass Torqeedo LinesShe has been kayak fishing for years and went from Paddling to Pedaling due to health issues and then from pedaling to using the Torqeedo Ultralight 403 as assistance. Now she was looking to get on a Compass due to it being less weight than her current kayak. Speaking with her she wanted to install the Torqeedo on the Hobie Compass and use the compasses rudder to steer. This article runs through a Hobie Compass Torqeedo Ultralight Install!

Installing a fixed steering Torqeedo Ultralight on a Hobie Compass is fairly simple. A few aftermarket accessories and hardware are essential to a clean install. This is a no drill install with the motor mount but does require minimal deck hardware for guiding the Trim and Lock lines for the motor.




Aftermarket Accessories Used:

Hobie Power Pole mounting plate for Hobie Compass

Rigging hardware

(2) Sea-lect Designs Track Mounted Clam Cleat

(2) Pad Eyes

(3) Sea-lect Designs Kayak Deck Line Guides

(2) Suncore Stainless Steel Caribeners

(2) 1″ #10-32 Pan Head Machine Screws

(2) 3/4″ #10-32 Pan Head Machine Screws

(4) 1/2″ Nylon Spacers


Hobie Compass Torqeedo Install

The no drill motor install utilizes the Hobie Power Pole Adapter Plate for the Hobie Compass. The plate adapts to 4 molded in brass inserts The hardware included with this kit is not needed. You will need to acquire 1″ #10-32 screws and also 1/2″ nylon spacers to raise the plate up to allow the ball mounting hardware clearance.

The Ball placement is on the forward right corner of the flattest portion of the plate. Once the ball is mounted attach the motor and align it to the center. Mark the area to be drilled for the rubber brace. Install and tighten everything. Tighten the clamp with holes on the pylon and place pin to fix the motor position. The prop will face away from the stern and be centered properly.

Running the trim and lock lines will require 2 Sealect Designs track mounted clam cleats. Attach the Suncore carabiners to the end of the 2 lines. Attach to the Trim Fin on the motor. Run the lines to the desired location at the seat. Now place the Sealect Designs Kayak Deck Line Guides to guide the lines. Drill and rivet. Mark and drill for the pad eye location in line with the trim fin of the Torqeedo. Cut the length of desired line at the clam cleat and finish off with a knob.

Installation complete!




Video – Torqeedo Ultralight 403 Modifications Summarized

Everything mentioned within this video is outlined on The Plastic Hull within the Torqeedo Ultralight 403 Archives.

Check below for links to products used within these mods.



Torqeedo 403 Aluminum Steering Bracket

As Torqeedo Ultralight 403 owners, every time we go fishing we must attach the motor to our kayak. After the day is over we are then removing it. Why not do it easier rather than having to carry hex keys which are easy to loose. I have come up with an easier way! Replacing the M6 x2 bolt with a Threaded Adjustable Cam Lever this problem is solved.

What is a threaded adjustable cam Lever?

A threaded adjustable cam lever is made up of a handle with a cam attached to a threaded stud. On the Stud is a threaded washer a with a depression on one side.  The cam action or elliptical shape will compress and tighten the threaded stud when the lever is pressed down. The fastener allows for quick fastening and removal without using tools.



Attaching the Torqeedo:

Threaded Adjustable Cam Lever will replace the existing 5MM hex M6 x 2 bolt. Thread into existing nut. Insert the upper boom of the motor trim/mount into ball coupler. The threads do not have to be completely tight. Twist cam lever until snug. A simple pressing down motion of the lever will compress the thrust washer so the boom will not slip.

Detaching the Torqeedo:

Pull lever to upright position. Loosen a turn or two. Detach upper boom from ball coupler. Tighten cam lever and lock down not to loose it during transport.

You can purchase the Cam Lever At Amazon.com Link Below
Kipp 6X20 Stainless Steel Adjustable Cam Lever with M6 External Thread 20 mm Screw Length – Plastic Handle

Kipp 6X20 Stainless Steel Adjustable Cam Levers with M6 External Thread, 20 mm Screw Length – Stainless Handle

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