18lb Watersnake Speed Controller Modification

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18lb Watersnake Speed Controller Modification

#1 Post by Dodge » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:17 pm

Been using an 18lb thrust Watersnake electric outboard for a couple of years as it came out of the box, June 2016 spent $25 buying a junction box and PWM speed controller, but never bothered installing it as my leccy powered travel is generally only travelling A to B then using the paddle in fishing area.

Last week after doing other mods decided to instal the PWM, and sought the advice of Jumaji, who uses one on his 24lb Snake.

Told him I did not need Reverse, only needed Forward control, Off, and speed governing, he pointed out the PWM had the On/Off in the the knob as well as the variable speed, so suggested just use the controller alone.

Removed the original top and mounted the junction box onto the motor using existing screws ..... changed the end terminals on the Red and Black battery lead to attach to the PWM .... changed Red and Black terminals coming up motor shaft and connected to PWM .... knob thru front of box, put this off centre so it is closer to the yak and easier to reach.
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After connecting the battery, was a touch nervous for first attempt, gently turned the knob, the prop direction was pushing forward as wanted, then voila the full variable speed range, very happy.

Really very simple mod and should have done it at the outset after buying the Snake.
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Re: 18lb Watersnake Leccy Speed Controller Modification

#2 Post by arpie » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:54 pm

Well done, Dodge!! Are you SURE you don't need reverse tho???

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Re: 18lb Watersnake Leccy Speed Controller Modification

#3 Post by Dodge » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:11 pm

arpie wrote: Are you SURE you don't need reverse tho???
:snic: actually reverse a lot but use the paddle as need good steering among tree edges on a dam.

The outboard and all pedal craft are useless among tight trees in both directions ........ leccys, mirage drives, and pedal props all revert to the paddle among the blokes I see on the water.

Also anywhere, when using reverse on my side mount the prop climbs out of the water as it is not restrained in any way.
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