First off, it’s great that the paddling purists are tolerant of trolling motor discussions.
I’d posted something regarding SOT trolling use a while ago, and was made aware of a pretty serious problem that I hadn’t considered. Someone mentioned that SOTs are made top heavy with batteries. If I’m using an SOT rather than a canoe, it’s because I’m in rougher conditions, and would want to get back on in the event of a capsize. If batteries preclude this, then there is a problem.
The best design I’ve found thus far for motoring seems to be the Nucanoe F10
The seat looks comfortable, I really don’t care to stand, though this might be an option for those that want to, it’s reasonably light, and has a square stern with a place for a battery behind the seat. Do you think I’d be able to reboard after a capsize with a 60+ lb battery, or would it likely be very difficult?
If any kayak manufacturers are reading, it seems that having a way to keep the center of gravity really low with a battery would be ideal, even at the expense of a deeper draft. If I want to fish 3" puddles, a canoe will work fine. If I want to push through open water for some distance, stability would be preferable.