The Minn Kota Motor is quiet and has just enough power (36lbs) for the kayak. Paddling with the motor is not optimal because you have the extra weight of the battery and some drag from the propeller (+ motor weight). That said, it does paddle with the motor if you need to, but if you are going for a quick trip to the lake, etc to have fun, just put the skeg in. You'll be surprised by the tracking and speed you can reach. At 29 inches wide it is not considered a wide kayak, but standing is possible, while moving slowly with the motor, and fishing...after a couple of tries.
Bottom Line I love this kayak, even is it is a little heavy to put on and off the roof of my car, but it is a small price to pay
The Torque has one main purpose which is to put you into your favorite fishing spot and stay there, the ability to position yourself and "park" the kayak there where until know you were dreaming to be, turns this contraption into something quite unique.
Trolling at the desired speed regardless of current & winds (with moderation) is now here, Forward & Reverse variable speed aided by a massive rudder allows you to turn the kayak on its own radius while holding your position in those confused waters where anchors, peddle propelled kayaks or conventional wouldn't work. The history of kayak fishing will be known as Before the Torque and After the Torque.
Maneuverability, carrying capacity, simplicity in its design it all ads up for one well thought craft. Ocean Kayak has done a lot of homework on their Quality Control Department also and that shows on this carefully built kayak.
There is no compromise on the Torque's design; safety features are all there, rigging possibilities are as broad as your imagination, traditional performance without the motor is as good as any regular P13 and when you move from paddle to motor you know you own one of the best kayak in the market today.
I have heard some negative remarks on the weight, etc. I find all those very arguable: 70 pounds bare, close to 90 when fully rigged, there are so many options to carry a kayak nowadays that weight shouldn't be anyone's first concern.
I for one, have ventured to places where I wouldn't have otherwise, covering a lot of water by paddling and motoring or, motoring / paddling or one of either, it is your choice! One good battery 12V Group 24 Deep Cycle 65 amp/h should give you up to 6 hours of "fishing time", one good Wally battery charger (the one that switches from charging to maintenance) are a good choice, skimming on these might pose a poor performance afterwards so, shell out some dough once only!.
The Ocean Kayak Torque brings, IMHO, a new era for many folks that would love to be on the water but have some dysfunctional body part(s) like myself. Invite yourself to a Torque & enjoy a lazy day on the pond, take pictures, talk on the phone, relax & enjoy your outing with no worries.
Ocean Kayak Torque, a must-have tool for any serious kayak fisherman is also a very valid option for most kayakers.