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Hi All! Sorry if this is a report, read some similar thread, but didn't get my answer.
I have an Old Town Guide canoe (14ft). New paddler, looking to get out and fish on some of Maine's many ponds and lakes.
I am thinking of a trolling motor, this would be for still waters mostly, not a lot of tidal current or river flow. Just to get around the lake/pond.
Two people, 100 lbs of gear.
Am I insane to think a trolling motor is going to get me around the lake?
Which one? I get lost when we start talking about amps, thrust, etc. Please talk to me like I don't know anything about this!
Have a great summer y'all. Thanks!!
EDIT: THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE QUICK, AND CLEARLY PRESENTED INFORMATION!
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A paddler in N. Ireland uses a trolling |
Posted by: g2d on Jun-21-13 1:52 PM (EST)
motor to ease the "pain" of long jaunts on ocean estuaries and inlets to visit little islands. Of course he still has to mind the weather reports and watch the skies and seas.
two ways .....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-21-13 2:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: guideboatguy on Jun-21-13 3:04 PM (EST)
I favor small gas outboards over electric for all those same reasons. A related item to consider is that by law, your battery must be enclosed within a case and firmly attached to the boat. To do that in the average canoe would take some clever modification. Then again, I haven't been inspected by the sheriff or game warden while on the water since 1978, so breaking the rules may be pretty "safe", and a lot of people do exactly that. Just know that if your battery isn't properly secured, you COULD get a ticket and be ordered to stay off the water until you get it corrected.
Your canoe will sink|
Posted by: FrankNC on Jun-21-13 4:40 PM (EST)
I sunk a canoe when it tipped over with the battery years ago. There is not enough floatation in the canoe to handle the typical 60 pound lead battery and trolling motor. These weigh more than water for the same volume so you will need to purchase float bags and tie them into the boat. Or you need to tie in a big enough truck inner tube to float the battery and the motor.
For those conditions|
Posted by: sloopsailor on Jun-21-13 6:06 PM (EST)
Go for it. I had a 13'6" catboat(sailboat) I used a 17lb thrust electric on it. It would drive that boat(500lbs) plus me around at 3 knots. A 20-30 lb thrust will run a few hours easily on a deep cycle battery. You can install a trolling motor plug on a battery box(removable from the canoe), and simply plug in the electric. It will comfortably move you about a pond or a lake with no trouble and no noise.