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Trolling motor question

RugerNinerRugerNiner Member Posts: 12,619 ✭✭✭
edited December 2016 in The Fishing Hole!
I am going to buy a new Crestliner 14 foot wide jon boat, and I am wondering about a trolling motor. Thinking of getting a Minn Kota that is a 24 volt with 80 pounds of thrust. Is that too much...not enough...just right? I don't really know. Some of the smaller lakes require electric motors only. That's why i'm thinking of something bigger, but I don't really know...just guessing. Any advice one way or the other would be appreciated. Oh ya. There will be 3 people in the boat most times, my 11 year old daughter, my wife, and myself. Probnably between 4 and 500 pounds in all with equipment and everything. if that info helps any. Thanks again.
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  • RugerNinerRugerNiner Member Posts: 12,619 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Is this motor strong enough for a 14' Jon boat?

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  • AdamsQuailHunterAdamsQuailHunter Member Posts: 1,406 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Hello RugerNiner - I have an aluminum john boat and a similar trolling motor. The thing I would say is it depends on where you plan to use it. If I am easing around in the "Okie" swamp north of me - going for blue-gills and flyers - then the answer is yes as there is essentially no current to work against and I am moving slowly. If I am in the Suwannee River - going after shell-crackers and red-breasted bream and the occasional "pout" (a type of catfish) the answer would be no. There the current would be a bit much for the trolling motor to work against - except now as we are in the season where the rainfall is sparse and the river is low and the current reduced.
    Catch a few for me!!! Best Regards - AQH
    Edit - if you go to www.lakecityreporter.com for December 8th - 2016 and look at the front page "A Dry Run"- you can see pictures of the Suwannee River at very low water right now.
  • GmartGmart Member Posts: 1
    80 Lb would work fine, heck you don't have to run it wide open! The only thing is the weight of the battery set-up in the boat. I assume you will have to run 2 12v batteries?
  • hillbillehillbille Member Posts: 10,881 ✭✭✭
    it may not be exact but it is something like 9-10 lbs of thrust equal one horsepower so with the 80lb you are looking at roughly 8hp with fully charged batteries. may not get you up on plane, but it should get you around the lake, if river fishing, go UPSTREAM first, then if battery starts to give out you have current to help with paddle if needed.
  • RugerNinerRugerNiner Member Posts: 12,619 ✭✭✭
    Something is screwy here, I didn't post the original post, I did, however, post the comment below that that should have been the topic I posted. I have no idea who posted that OP.
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