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$5,675.00 inc GST
$5,675.00 inc GST
$5,675.00 inc GST
The Seahorse S33 Kontiki is a compact and lightweight Kontiki with a GPS autopilot system and a built-in GPS Tracker. Match it up with our Braid winch and Clip-n-Go traceboard for the ultimate lightweight Kontiki package.
Lithium batteries power the next generation of Kontikis.
Bringing together The latest technology to deliver a powerful, compact and lightweight Kontiki fishing system that can tackle the conditions most of us fish in. Light enough for one person to carry to the beach. Perfect for the family on the move, or the motor-homer looking for a compact unit that doesn’t take up too much space.
Match the new S33 Kontiki with the Braid winch and Clip-n-Go traceboard for the ultimate lightweight and compact Kontiki system.
24 Month Warranty and guaranteed to catch fish.
GPS Tracker is Built into the Control Unit
GPS-guided Autopilot System
Connection via the GSM cellular (cellphone) network
Performance Telemetry data uploaded to the Cloud
The Seahorse braid winch is the little brother of the larger nylon winch. The braid winch It has the same motor and control unit as the nylon winch and it is powered by the Seahorse black lithium battery. The powerful motor will pull the fish you catch back to the beach. The control unit offers three speeds plus the on/off and pulse function.
The big advantage of the braid is its weight. It is lighter than water and Seahorse places a small lead weight every hundred metres on the main line to keep it on the bottom. The 80 stoppers work well with the smaller 30lb thrust motor. The lithium battery helps to keep the weight of the winch down to 14 kg. The battery will achieve two retrievals in normal fishing conditions.
As the Seahorse Kontiki performs and can travel at high speed, we designed a traceboard that makes it easy for the operator to attach the traces safely and easily and a winch that controls the line during the launch stage. Simply clip on the traces, and they go fishing.
The “clip & go” traceboard has long traces and Longline clips to enable quick and easy attachment. The fisher stays away from the pre-baited hooks that are automatically dispensed from the far end of the board. The traces are attached between every second or third stopper on the stoppered section of the line.
The stoppers are 2m apart and with a hundred and twenty stoppers on the mainline, you have plenty of extras. The stoppers are nylon cord tied and glued and do not affect line strength and are much better to handle than the cheaper aluminium crimps. The 25 traces can be deployed in under a minute.
The original Seahorse S30 Kontiki was developed to be compact and lightweight. The new S33 have kept these features and now includes increased performance, distance and improved steering. There is a new control unit with integrated autopilot and GPS tracker. The Kontiki is controlled by an App that will run on either Android or Apple phones.
The Seahorse S33 Kontiki is the lightest Kontiki available while still maintaining the excellent performance expected from a Seahorse Kontiki. The S33 has a 30lb thrust motor and a cut-down two-blade propeller. The effective black lithium battery enables the motor to produce nearer 33lb’s of thrust, giving a 10% increase over lead acid batteries. This makes the S33 a very versatile Kontiki, but it will struggle in rougher, bigger surf and currents found on some of the West Coast beaches.
The S33 has been designed to be compact and lightweight. The Kontiki separates into two parts 600mm long. This makes for easy storage in a Motorhome or in the family car. Connected together, the S33 is 1.2 metres long. This length improves the directional stability and seakeeping abilities. It allows better placement of the motor and positioning of the rudder. The rudder is further forward, giving more turning power and this allows the Kontiki to hold a better course.
The catch and hinge have been designed to give a wide stable connection between the body and tail. The two latches are used to hold the Kontiki closed. This reduces the load on the latches and it spreads the pressure applied to the seal more evenly over the whole seal. The seal has a locating groove. This allows the sealing ridge of the body to have a larger sealing surface ensuring a waterproof seal. The tail of the S33 Kontiki has been designed to allow the thrust from the motor to pass cleanly below the body of the Kontiki. The wide whale tail gives stability allowing the S33 to stand on the beach or in the garage. The wide tail also allows the towpoint to be offset to counter the torque pull of the motor.
The design of the S33 body is a development of the continuous line of Seahorse Kontikis since 2001. Each has been a development of the knowledge gained from the previous designs, which has been adapted for the requirements of the newly available technology. The S33 is bringing together the best of Kontiki design, GPS technology, cellphone communications and lithium batteries
The Chisel bow allows the S33 to smoothly cut through the waves. The high conning tower houses the control unit, the GPS receiver and the cell antenna to maximise their ability to communicate. The handle is narrow and comfortable to use. In many ways, the Seahorse S33 has the performance of a larger Kontiki.
The Seahorse S33 will use a single lithium battery to operate. There are many different types of lithium batteries with different chemistry, producing different voltages and discharge rates. The Seahorse batteries have been designed to maximise performance while meeting the current draw demands of the Kontiki.
The Black lithium battery is the standard battery for the Seahorse S33. These have been developed to cope with the special requirements of Kontiki fishing. These lithium batteries supply approx. 10% more power than Lead Acid (SLA) batteries, meaning the motor will produce 10% more thrust. The Black lithium battery will run the Kontiki for up to 25 minutes and this battery will be suitable for most users.
There is an option for a post-sale purchase of the more powerful Blue battery. This battery has a higher voltage and amp hours. The Blue battery will increase the power of the motor up to 40 lbs of thrust. This makes the Kontiki go faster and it will go further. The total run time will be nearer 30 minutes. This is a specialised battery and will only be needed by a small number of customers.
GPS Tracking and Telemetry System
Seahorse has built the GPS tracker into the heart of the Kontikis Control Unit, meaning if someone steals your Seahorse Kontiki, it cannot be removed without destroying the Kontiki itself. Existing stand-alone trackers can be found and removed from the Kontiki. The built-in backup battery gives many hours of extended tracking after the main battery has been disconnected.
In addition to transmitting the GPS tracking location from the Kontiki, the Control Unit also transmits the performance telemetry of the Kontiki back to the main server. This includes the speed and direction of the Kontiki, voltage and current drawn from the batteries plus other information allowing the performance of the Kontiki to be reviewed by a Seahorse technician.
The GPS Tracking and Telemetry data capture are only possible with a GSM Cellular (cellphone) network connection. The cellular connection allows the position and data to be transmitted from the Kontiki to the cloud and back to the App on your phone. It also allows commands such as STOP to be sent from the App via the Cloud to the Kontiki. If either the Kontiki or your phone does not have a cellphone connection, then this communication cannot happen.
It is possible to change the status of the Kontiki to lost or stolen. The lost mode will minimise power usage to maximise the length of time the GPS tracker can work and provide tracking information. As with all trackers, it can only work on the surface and the Kontiki will need to be within cellphone coverage. You will also need cellphone coverage where you are and mobile data turned on to receive the information. The stolen mode will activate the GPS tracker to report and it will disable your Kontiki so no one can operate it. The GPS Location should assist the police to recover the Kontiki and once it is recovered, you can re-activate it so you can go fishing.
With the App, we can link you to your Kontiki meaning only you and no one else (unless you share them) will have access to these advanced features. If the Kontiki is jointly owned, then the other owners can be added to the Kontiki and they will have access to the advanced features. If you allow someone to borrow your new S33 Kontiki, they can download the App and access the basic start/stop and set the time in 5 minutes intervals. If you are feeling generous, you can share the advanced features with them. Afterwards, you can remove their access.
Seahorse will be continuously updating and improving the performance and features available. As new ideas and developments come online, Seahorse will be able to send updates directly to your Kontiki to ensure it is always operating with the latest and greatest software and features.
If you sell or dispose of your S33 Kontiki, the details of the new owner can be entered into the App and the Seahorse records can be updated.
The GPS-controlled Autopilot system is a development of the earlier Seahorse autopilot systems. The improved hardware gets a faster and more accurate position lock. The improved steering algorithms have improved the directional stability and the ability to hold a course towards the waypoint.
The course is set by starting the motor on the beach and walking approximately 10 metres in the direction you wish the Kontiki to travel in and the GPS Autopilot system will calculate the direction you are walking and set a waypoint 3 km out in that direction. At that stage, the rudder will centre itself (because you are moving in the correct direction) and this is confirmation of the course is set. There will also be a status update on the App to Active.
Once the Kontiki is launched, the GPS Autopilot will steer the S33 Kontiki towards the waypoint. If a current tries to pull the Kontiki along the beach, the GPS Autopilot will turn the S33 Kontiki into the current so it stays heading towards the waypoint. Once the run is complete, the GPS Autopilot will turn off and the rudder will be held in a central position to minimise the chances of it being damaged.
Subscription for the Advanced Features
Every new Seahorse S33 Kontiki comes with six months of free access to the advanced features from the date of purchase. After that, there is a small annual subscription to cover the costs involved in running the tracker and central server. The payment is done by credit card via the Seahorse App on your phone.
If you let the subscription lapse or has been cancelled, the advanced features can be re-connected in the future, but this involves a re-connection fee.
The Seahorse Braid Winch is powered by a 150-watt motor (same as our other Seahorse™ winches) and uses a 10ah Lithium battery. Due to the Braid line and the low drag design of the Seahorse S30 Kontiki, this battery can retrieve the Kontiki unit up to three times on one battery. We have made the Winch simple to use with a soft start three-speed control unit, ensuring full power is delivered to the motor no matter what. We have retained the Pulse function, allowing you total control over the Winch whenever you need it.
There are 1500 metres of 140kg/300lb breaking strain Dyneema non-stretch braid and only 1.2mm in diameter. It is constructed from 8 strands, meaning if one strand is broken, the other 7 will take the strain. We place ½oz (20 grams) weights every 100 metres along the line to ensure the mainline is held on the bottom and to resist the line being pulled by side currents.
Because the Dyneema braid is non-stretch, it means we can build everything lighter and smaller, making the winch easier to carry. The small disadvantage is, that being lighter, it is more likely to be pulled down the beach by big fish. Simply sit on the winch, or stake it to the ground and the problem is solved.
The Seahorse Braid Winch is designed to operate with the Seahorse Clip n Go traceboard.
The Seahorse Braid Winch is the perfect partner for the lightweight Seahorse S33 and the Seahorse traceboard. This is the ultimate compact lightweight yet powerful Kontiki fishing package, using the latest technology to deliver the best Kontiki fishing experience you will ever have.
WHY IS THE SEAHORSE™ BRAID WINCH SO DIFFERENT TO EVERYTHING ELSEWHERE
The simple answer is technology moves on.
Since 2002, when the first Seahorse™ electric Winch was designed, there have been two significant developments. The first is a non-stretch Dyneema braid, and the second is Lithium batteries. We have all seen the changes in Rod and reel fishing since the introduction of Dyneema Braid and thankfully, our mobile phones have gotten smaller thanks to lithium batteries.
While sealed lead-acid (SLA) batteries and monofilament nylon line are still great products, there is the disadvantage of weight and stretch in the mono-filament. By moving to Dyneema Braid and Lithium batteries, we have moved to the next generation of Kontiki Winches. These changes will change the way we Kontiki fish, plus opening up new and exciting ways to use your Seahorse™ Kontiki products.
The Seahorse Braid Winch is lighter, approximately half the weight of a traditional electric Winch, and approximately half the size. This means it’s easy for one person to carry, and it will fit into smaller spaces. You no longer need a big quad bike to carry your fishing gear. But you might need it to carry all your fish home.
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