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have you considered a lithium ion automotive battery.
Car batteries are designed for "cranking" and not designed for constant use. Marine batteries (dual purpose) are designed to "crank" AND continue to provide power to accessories by using a gradual amount of power (deep cycle). They provide the "cranking" power, but the power delivery is in amps per hour.

You'll want a marine battery, because they are far superior to an automotive battery (and why they are much more expensive). The auto batteries plates are thin and provide a quick jolt for cranking. The marine has thick cells and will give you a constant and dependable discharge over a long period of time. Using an automotive battery in this fashion will kill it quick and you'll go through more batteries.

When you're not using your battery, put it on a trickle charger with a battery regulator. It will last for a very, very long time if you take care of it. If you don't want to use a trickle charger with a regulator, use a float charger instead.
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My dad acquired some batteries from the local hospital that are part of the computer backup system. they are about the size of an atv battery. My nephew took two of them and powers his trolling motor on his canoe. about 1/3 the weight of a deep cycle battery and about the same run time.
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You can use pretty much any trolling motor since you're not pushing anything crazy. Just make sure you get a good battery for it.
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Get a trolling motor with a foot controller. That way your hands are more free for fishing.
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I designed, but never built, a jet-drive kayak using 18650 batteries, RC motors and controllers, and a 3D printed jet drive assembly inside the hull, for no drag when not in use. All ultra light weight stuff.

The top of the kayak would have conformal solar panels for as much as an extra 100W of power when the sun is out.

I don't want to give away all the secrets, but the bottom line is that the components are optimized for slow speed operation. To reduce the wasted energy of a typical Jet Drive which is often better suited for high speed ops.

I was just looking at the 3D printed Jet Drive while cleaning up my workbench last week. And of course, the Kayak sits outside against my house, unused. (health problems) .
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