I used to have a Mohawk 14' canoe with a side mounted bracket and torlling motor, 27# thrust.
Fully charged deep cycle battery would push us, my 12 year old son and I, along for about 6 hours reliabily.
It is easy to get to an unstable position with the morot hanging off the side due to canoe design with the extra weight hanging where it does not belong. even sliding the canoe up/down a bank with the motor attached.. it would get unstable and roll if not careful when the bow or stern were the balance point on the bank.
If I were to do it again it would only be on a square stern with provisions to put the battery mid-canoe for additional weight balance.
As far as Gas vs Electric, personal choice, but many places I fish have restrictions against Gas motors (even if powered off) so I (MPO) would go electric.
I fish several Mo Motor zones and some Pole & Troll zones. Some of the no motor zones require that a gas motor be removed from the transom...
4-place Boat Trailer
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