It is designed to reduce drag and to track straight through the surf during setting, while the bow-like stern section reduces drag on the retrieve. Instead of removing an end cap to get at the battery and timing systems, the Powertiki electric kontiki has a marine-style sealed inspection
hatch in the top of the body to access the inner workings.
All the external fittings, such as the rudder and prop guard, are screwed into stainless-steel-threaded inserts moulded into the kontikis body, thus maintaining its watertight integrity, and a handle is moulded as an integral part of the body at the point of balance, making carrying easier. The timer
itself is an electronic one, with a digital display replacing the standard dial-up mechanical version.
A waterproof switch on top of the body activates the timer, once set. The required amount of time can be set on dry land, and when the operator goes to launch the Powertiki into the tide, the timer automatically starts when the motor is flicked on by the on/off button.
The timer and battery level indicator can also be viewed through the clear hatch cover.
Driving the Powertiki 400 is a Mercury Marine electric motor unit that produces 30 pound of thrust which is actually a pull, as the prop is at the front of the Powertiki, pulling it through the water. This action, combined with a rudder behind it and the towed weight, ensures a straight path through
the surf and beyond.
During the tackle test at Kawhias Ocean Beach, the Powertiki pulled a baited 25- hook set and 500g sinker through the half metre of surf with no problems, taking the line out at a rate of around 90 metres a minute.
The timer was set for 15 minutes and the beach reel, containing 1500 metres of line, was almost spooled by the time the motor shut down. Power is produced via two seven-ampere batteries, a step up from the single 12-ampere battery used in previous models.
The Powertiki 400 is produced in a high-viz yellow, and an orange flag and a low, light-activated strobe light has been added to make the unit more apparent, both by day and night.
Another addition to the Powertiki product ranks is a beach trolley. This features a basic fish bin set onto a lightweight aluminium frame supported by two wide wheels for pulling through the sand. It has a snug base on which to rest the Powertiki unit itself, along with a trace board that can double
as a seat or a filleting bench.