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Brad 05-19-2004 12:40 PM

Trolling Motor Help
I know nothing about electric trolling motors. I just got an electric start 9.9 for my tin boat and have a few bucks left over for a trolling motor. Is one brand better than another. What about transom vs bow mount. How much thrust do I need for a 14 foot tin boat with 600 pounds of cargo. I am most intersted in a bare bones motor. Thanks in advance.


chainsaw 08-10-2004 06:57 AM

I have a 15'6" Stratos bass boat that has a 40lb Minn-Kota bow mount hand control trolling motor on it. I have no trouble moving the boat when I put it on #3 speed and, when it's on #5, it will pull me thru just about anything.
I would recommend a bow mount simply because it seems easier to control the boat with, as opposed to a transom mount that will need a lot of input steering, especially when the wind is a factor.
Also, I only use my boat in freshwater, so that is another factor to look at. If you fish in the salt, look at a motor built for saltwater use, although it will be more expensive. Just my 2 cents... Rob

Moonlight 08-10-2004 09:08 AM

I also have a Minkotta electric, mine is 32# thrust and while it does not say for use in Saltwater anywhere on the motor I have been using it in the Salt for over 8 years. Mine is a stern mount (transom) and it moves my 16' Lund where I want it I suspect the bow mounts would be better for some applications but never having been around one I offer no advice. I usually stand in the back of the boat when fishing so its the logical spot for the electric for my operation. Wal Mart sells the Minnkotas and sell spare props and such.

Brad 08-10-2004 01:12 PM

I got the Minnkota and it works like a charm. Amazingly strong thrust on high.


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