“My arms are tired, let’s head back,” has been the death knell of many a kayak trip throughout history.
A group of designers, engineers and manufacturers with a passion for the outdoors want to eliminate that phrase from our collective vocabulary … and they’re using a Subaru EX21 engine to do it.
The MOKAI ES-Kape is a 12-foot-long, 200-pound kayak that’s equipped with a 7 HP, 4,000 RPM engine capable of hitting speeds up to 21 MPH. The air-cooled and chain-driven engine has a push-button electric starter and is designed to be environmentally friendly and fuel efficient.
The lightweight watercraft is also extremely durable, while its modular hull breaks down into three easy-to-transport pieces — no tools required. Another selling point of the ES-Kape? You get to control throttle and steering with a joystick that looks like it belongs on a Rampage arcade cabinet.
The $5,400 kayak is made at MOKAI’s plant in New York, and ships to the rest of the U.S. for $350.
Just don’t get caught out there saying, “My engine’s dead, let’s head back."