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Old 02-01-2016, 10:32 AM   #1
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Hey Guys, I have some questions on trolling motors. I am currently building a new boat for gigging and I am considering trying a trolling motor for the first time.

I have found a pretty good deal on a Minn Kota Saltwater but its 101 pounds of thrust. I was thinking I wanted 50-60 pounds of thrust. I have never owned or used a trolling motor so I could sure use some input.

What's better for gigging out of a heavy 14 foot boat. A used garage kept 101 pound thrust motor for $350.00 ($1,200 new) or a new 50-60 pound thrust motor for $500 or so?

The used motor is 36v and the new is 12v so battery cost and weight is definitely a consideration.
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Old 02-01-2016, 11:03 AM   #2
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I use this motor on my 16ft Carolina Skiff - Its a Transom mount and moves my boat fine - It's listed on ebay for 209.00 - Newport Vessels NV Series 62 Lb. Thrust Saltwater Transom Trolling Motor
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Old 02-01-2016, 12:08 PM   #3
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If you have to much thrust, you can dial it down. if you have to little, you can't dial it up. the only consideration in my opinion is the weight of the batteries
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Go bigger if possible. You can dial it back and have enough battery to last all night. Can your boat handle having three heavy batteries is the question you need to answer.
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Times 2 what flounderslayerman said.
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Times 2 what flounderslayerman said.
3 deep cycles are pretty heavy I know. I think I just remembered why I hate boats.

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