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Old 05-24-2019, 07:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a 17' Cape Horn with a 12v 55" trolling motor? I'm looking for some real world experience with this.

I want to buy a 55lb 54" 12v terrova, my main use will be to spot lock over some wrecks.

Is 54" shaft long enough? Is 12v enough power?

I don't expect it to be perfect but if it will hold me in place on most days I can live with it I would expect that some days it won't work.

I don't want to add two batteries or spend the extra money, so if the 12v isn't going to work I will have to skip the trolling motor for now, hoping someone else has this set up on their 17' CH.
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Old 05-24-2019, 09:26 PM   #2
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Well I have 17’ key west with 24v 60” shaft. It does well in the bay but works hard on days with lots of current and wind but it will hold position pretty well even on the worst of days. So knowing what I know now, I’m glad I didn’t buy the 12 volt set up. I believe what you mention will work on calm days with minimal current and wind but my suggestion would be 24 volt
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I think on a 17 Cape Horn if you go with 12v you will find it won't hold you very well on more days than it will. I would recommend you wait till your budget can do the 24 volt and go with that. Longer shaft is never a bad thing, imo. When it's 2 foot swells and the fish are biting you will be very annoyed that your motor doesn't have enough power and/or won't stay in the water.
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Yeah 24v 60" shaft 80 thrust should do you better.
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Thanks people, I guess I'll have to wait it out.
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06 18ft Palm Beach. I would not go with anything smaller than a 60in shaft and 80lb 24v. Mine qorks hard on rougher days in the bay. 6-8hrs offshore and its dead!
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Ours has a 80 lb I Pilot and it works awesome
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Our is 60”
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Yeah 24v 60" shaft 80 thrust should do you better.
24v and 80lb is the smallest I would use on that boat
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