The dream at Jackson Kayak is to develop a pedal and motor system that uses the same Flex Drive lower unit. At ICAST 2019, that dream came true. Jackson’s FlexDrive E will fit any Flex Drive model without replacing the lower unit.

Simply remove two thumbscrews to switch out electric power with pedal power. The motor can work on lithium-ion or lead-acid battery. The FlexDrive E is currently shipping for $599.

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“Thank God my dad wasn’t a podiatrist,” jokes Ric about following in the footsteps of a famous outdoor writer. After graduating from Radford University and serving two years in Russia with the Peace Corps, Ric returned to Virginia Beach and started writing for The Fisherman magazine, where his dad was editor. When the kayak fishing scene exploded, Ric was among the first to get onboard. His 2007 book, The Complete Kayak Fisherman is one of the first tomes to introduce anglers to paddle fishing and hundreds of articles and seminars have brought countless anglers into the fold. When he’s not chasing every fish that swims, Ric teaches English at a school for at-risk teens.


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