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Stealthmode
Posts: 11
Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:43 am
Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: Reload
VHF Call Sign: ZMX7967
Location: Napier

Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:53 pm

Ok so I'm real close to dropping the coin on a bixpy to fit to my reload and im interested in hearing from real world users are they as good as the hype.
they aren't cheap and don't want to be left disappointed if they aren't.
cheers.
Mission Catch 390
Viking Reload

ZMX7967

HookiT
Posts: 588
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:13 pm
Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: PRO 400 LITE
VHF Call Sign: ZMQ4712

Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:03 pm

From what i have heard you would not be disappointed. Throwing the coins down myself in the next day or so. I have done my research with locals an over seas.. :)

zeropak
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:00 pm
Kayak Make: Ocean Kayak
Kayak Model: Predator 13
VHF Call Sign: Predator
Location: Coopers Beach

Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:43 pm

I've been using a Bixby for almost 12 months. fishing 2 to 4 times per month. trips would usually be 6 to 8 hours on the water. So far no real issues with the unit. However I did recently experience a slight issue where the motor would not select reverse, all the reverse speeds had turned into forward speeds. I sent it back to Steve Tapp at Viking, he cleaned the connection points and lubed them with dialectric grease and the problem went away. The lesson taken from that is that I should pay more attention to keeping the electrical cable connections clean and lubed, so probably my fault. All fixed free of charge by Steve, his service and knowledge is second to none.
I think the Bixby is a real game changer. It allows me to extend my travel range and is great for holding position in deeper water when dropping jigs. It is absolutely fantastic for fishing in the wash you have total control over the kayak position and when a fish is hooked it allows you to back out of the wash into clearer water while fighting the fish.
I would not be without it now.

HookiT
Posts: 588
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:13 pm
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Kayak Model: PRO 400 LITE
VHF Call Sign: ZMQ4712

Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:24 am

Good post Zeropac, just the sought of words we need to hear. :y:
Forgot to ask , how is your battery life over x hours of fishing and speed traveled ?

zeropak
Posts: 14
Joined: Mon Aug 10, 2015 7:00 pm
Kayak Make: Ocean Kayak
Kayak Model: Predator 13
VHF Call Sign: Predator
Location: Coopers Beach

Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:29 pm

I currently have the unit mounted on a predator 13. When traveling I paddle as well as run the bixby, I usually run on 1/2 speed, the 5 setting gives me about 6km per hr. I use the bixby frequently through the day on the 1 to 3 speed to hold position while fishing. I only use the top speed on the way home If there is enough reserve, which there usually is. Top speed without paddle assist is about 6 to 6.5 km per hr.
I am usually on the water from daybreak until about 2pm, I have never run out of battery. So I would rate the battery life as pretty good.
I have also had the Bixby mounted on a Profish Gt, on average the speed across the board was about 1km per hr less than the Predator.
I have read the claimed speed rating for various model kayaks and consider them to be very optimistic. The speeds I mention are at sea and recorded in relatively calm conditions with little wind.
I could never go back to a straight paddle kayak, I don't know how I ever used to manage to hook fish in the wash and not end up on the rocks. It is fantastic to be able to hit reverse on the Bixby and back away from trouble instead of trying to tuck the rod under one leg and paddle out of trouble.
Just my thoughts.

dedant
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Joined: Wed Dec 26, 2012 7:11 pm
Kayak Make: Hobie
Kayak Model: Outback 2019
VHF Call Sign: ZMU5052
Location: West Auckland

Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:04 am

The fishing advantages can be had with a PDL or Hobie Mirage 180 as well . I have an irrational fear of electrckery and gadgets myself. It’s a wonder if I’ll ever catch a fish with a paddle and primitive people power only non battery kayak ever again ? :(
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Glass is Class.. dedant

Stealthmode
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Joined: Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:43 am
Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: Reload
VHF Call Sign: ZMX7967
Location: Napier

Sat Oct 05, 2019 2:42 pm

Thanks for that zeropak exactly what I was looking for.
cheers
Mission Catch 390
Viking Reload

ZMX7967

Divot
Posts: 32
Joined: Sun May 25, 2014 12:43 pm
Kayak Make: Viking
Kayak Model: Reload
VHF Call Sign: ZMW7595
Location: Auckland

Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:30 am

I have had a bixpy for a couple of months now and do really like it. Like others have said I have not had any problems with battery life. I paddle with it one 1 or 2 speed setting. Find it really comes into its self when you have a fish on close to rocks and cliffs like at Little Barrier Island and a 1 - 2 meter swell is running. No need to grab the paddle to keep clear of the rocks, just hit the remote and you can back out.

HookiT
Posts: 588
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:13 pm
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Kayak Model: PRO 400 LITE
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Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:49 pm

Did what I said a few months back and dropped the coin down on a Bixpy. Had it a few months now, love it. As paddle assist goes Brilliant. Run it mostly on power of 3. Was a mite rough at Granit Wharf three weeks back would of been a bit of a slog without Bix, he made it extremely simple.
Was in the Firth on Saturday/Sunday and ventured out from Waiomu to the 9m contour . South Westerly had kicked in so after catching a good feed headed back in. Ran the Bixpy on power of 5 along with a very relaxed easy paddle no effort required. Had a lazy line line out fishing for me some 30m back fish hooked up so it was so simple to hit power of 1 and motor onto the top of fish saved so much time.
Would I buy another, Yes I would with no hesitation at all, easy to use and really hands free when needed. Do have a tendency now to venture further a field. :y:

grant ashwell
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:08 pm
Kayak Make: Hobie
Kayak Model: Revolution
Location: Australia NSW North Coast

Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:25 pm

I've been using a Bixpy for a year now. Really important to use lots of dielectric grease. I have set mine up so that the Bixpy is permanently attached to the Hobie rudder and the power cable runs the length of the hull to the top of the front hatch where the battery is attached by bungy cord. Thus I only have that connection to undo each trip. I have zip tied both the motor attachment clips closed so that there is no possibility of them being knocked undone ( my friend didn't do this and when he put the motor into reverse, the motor spun off, undid itself from the power cable and was lost forever). I check everything before and after each session and charge the battery immediately. Once, it refused to respond to the remote...3 taps of the switch on the battery cured this. Last week, the battery refused to turn on and nothing I did brought up the green power lights. Viking here in Australia never hesitated in sending me an exchange battery maybe in part that I could "guarantee" no acts of misuse or dropping etc.
I use it as an assist mostly. Have never run it flat and think that they are a wonderful little device for people who need a hand on the water. The power sockets are difficult to do up and undo as the placement makes grip difficult. I use a cloth..might be because of the grease I use. I fish a lot for large Snapper and always turn it off as I approach the drop zone. It doesn't appear to trouble marlin when I troll. A Humpback last year spent 20min just below me singing as we drifted along. When I fired up the Bixpy it appeared to get an awful fright and breached right beside me and I never saw it again. I would buy another in a flash if I had too.

Stealthmode
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VHF Call Sign: ZMX7967
Location: Napier

Sat Feb 29, 2020 4:55 pm

yes, I did end up buying one and very glad I did. Game changer label is well deserved and everything I have have read or heard has been bang on. like most I use it for paddle assist and on half power its brilliant
Mission Catch 390
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HookiT
Posts: 588
Joined: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:13 pm
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Sat Feb 29, 2020 7:41 pm

Wife and i had done a fair bit of paddling for the week at Papa Aroha. Suggested we circumnavigate Goat Island to tick it off after many years of staying at camp. Hit a lot of wind and the current was a ebbing tide so paddling for my wife became tougher than expected. She did well on the Southern side between Goat and Shag rock with a 3Kn current with wind. Well she developed a massive blister middle of thumb, her glove was a mite worn in that area. Got to the end of Goat when she showed me what was wrong , Ouch. All good i said, no problem, I told her to hang onto my Anchor trolly line. Started up Bixpy set on five and headed back across Hautapu channel. Destination for lunch Whiskey bay. Well after lunch wife paddled back to camp I carried on fishing . Later that night without recharging I went out behind the three kings for a Snapper/ kingfish jigging session. After drift so simple to power back to mark ,hold on station and drop another jig with current running. paddling home was a breeze. So was pleasantly surprised to fine I had not used even half of my battery up. So to end this I say for safety sake if you are not a strong paddler and happen to exceed your capability the Bixpy is a very good investment. The more I use mine the more I am pleased with what I bought. If at any time I have to help another out and I am using my bixpy I am confident all stars, being good, the job shall get done. One must also remember to continue paddling using arm power, for if one relied soley on Bixpy then you could get into trouble in a power failure. For me bixpy is tops.

Smudger.aws
Posts: 88
Joined: Sat Apr 16, 2016 10:27 pm
Kayak Make: Hobie
Kayak Model: Revolution 16
Location: Te Hana, Northland

Tue Mar 10, 2020 12:32 pm

Hi Grant,
I'm toying with adding a bixpy to my Hobie Revo 16, my only concern is that the replacement rudder that bixpy sell looks a lot shorter than the original Hobie one....
How do you find the turning response? Particularly when the bixpy isn't running? I imagine it's fine when it's running, but maybe not so good when just peddling?

grant ashwell
Posts: 27
Joined: Fri Nov 15, 2013 12:08 pm
Kayak Make: Hobie
Kayak Model: Revolution
Location: Australia NSW North Coast

Sun May 17, 2020 10:22 am

Rudder response using the Bixpy supplied rudder was very poor--unless powered up when the motor would help swing the rear around. I downloaded the Bixpy rudder template and used that to cut out the fitment as low down on the rudder as possible on the larger sailing rudder . I presume they made their rudder smaller so that it would still work with the levers. That worked fine BUT, then the rudder had the habit of swinging back up. I then attached a shock cord from the seat clip down through the Lowarance ready hole about 6 inches tied to this was a length of 60lb line running to the bottom of the Bixpy connector. I tied this off under tension so that it had the effect of pulling the rudder down how it should be at all times. The rudder will still fold up for transport. The Bixpy stays attached as does the cable running to the battery. I do not use the up and down levers and do it all by hand launching and returning. I do not use the Lowrance ready feature, preferring to have a transducer in hull so that the complete unit can be removed without playing with those delicate pins. The cabling runs in hull for battery and externally to the sounder...If what I have done is still relevant then I can perhaps post a picture or 2...Sorry re response delay..

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