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Friday, 15 April 2016 07:48

Wilderness Systems Kayaks Officially Hands Free

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Kayak fishermen rejoice Wilderness Systems has jumped into the hands free fishing market. Wilderness Systems fans now have the option to upgrade their current “A.T.A.K”, “Thresher” and “Tarpon 130x” fishing kayaks. 

We originally reported about the “Helix MD” at ICAST 2015 and we are happy to see them available for purchase.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 14, 2016) – Wilderness Systems today announced the hotly anticipated arrival of its plug-and-play Helix MD™ Motor Drive at specialty retailers.

Wilderness Systems paired a compact design with Torqeedo technology to create a 16 lbs. drop-in electric motor that is compatible with Wilderness Systems kayak models featuring the Flex Pod OS, and is capable of hitting max speeds of up to 6 mph. The rechargeable lithium battery with integrated GPS is waterproof, buoyant and can provide a range of up to 20 miles, or achieve a runtime of up to 8 hours. Solar charging of the battery is available with an aftermarket panel. The Helix MD experience allows kayakers and anglers to be hands free while being able to go farther, faster.

Wilderness Systems Helix MD motor drive

“The Helix MD sets itself apart from other kayak motors with its integrative design and user-friendly interface,” said Evan Lyendecker, marketing director for Wilderness Systems.

The Helix MD Motor Drive is equipped with an intelligent remote throttle that displays GPS-calculated speed, remaining range and battery runtime. The throttle comes with fully variable forward/reverse functionality and can be set to a desired cruising speed.

It’s compatible with the A.T.A.K., Thresher and Tarpon 130X kayaks, and will also be compatible with future Wilderness Systems kayak models featuring the Flex Pod OS. The Helix MD Motor Drive is $1,999 USD.

About Wilderness Systems®

Innovative and award-winning designs, premium outfitting, and an uncompromising attention to detail have made Wilderness Systems an industry leader since 1986. Today the brand continues to push the limits of technology, performance, comfort, responsiveness and aesthetics. Taking that same drive into the angling market with high quality fishing kayaks, Wilderness Systems now offers the ultimate on-the-water experience for everyone from passionate anglers to recreational boaters and expedition paddlers. Explore Wilderness Systems, part of the Confluence Outdoor family of made in the USA brands, at www.wildernesssystems.com.

Last modified on Friday, 15 April 2016 08:18
Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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