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Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-21-13 2:39 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jun-21-13 7:08 PM EST --
..... a small 2.5-3 h.p. gas engine , or a 12v - 45 lb. thrust electric motor .
The gas engine has more speed and power , it's tank is self contained , carry spare fuel in a 1.5-gal. can onboard . Lightest , least hassle and most bang for the buck . Always carry spare plastic prop and shear pin (and the few small hand tools to change the prop) . Your choice 4 cycle engine or 2 cycle engine . 2 cycle engines need 2 cycle oil mixed with the gas ... 4 cycle engines do not , but have their own reg. engine oil just like an auto does . 4 cycles are quieter amd smoother . 2 cycle engines are louder and have more hole shot take off .
The electric troller motor will weigh more , it needs a decent size "Marine Deep Cycle battery" (not a reg. cold crank starting batt. like in an auto , etc.) , and you'll need a charger at home to keep it maintained . A decent marine deep cycle batt. can last about 2-3 yrs. (then replace) .
Just think of Marine Deep Cycle batt. amp. hours as the amount of time/fuel you have to run on . More amp. hrs. = more run time . The higher the batts. amp.hr. rating , the larger and heavier the marine deep cycle batt. . I recomend a 135-150 amp. hr. marine deep cycle batt. .
As for an electric troller motor ... only one way to go in my opinion . Minnkota , 40-45 lb. thrust with "Maximizer" on a canoe . The Traxxis model or the Endura model by Minnkota ... just be certain you purchase the model that says it has "Maximizer" (the Maximizer models also will be the only ones with "Variable Speed" throtle control .
Some of Minnkota's models come in both "Maximizer" and standard . The standard models will have 5 speeds , not infinite variable speeds .
A model with "Maximizer" will get you 3-4 x's the run time compared to a standard model ... on the same batt. ... we know this to be fact , and time is where it's at when talking electric trollers .
A Marine Deep Cycle batt. charger will have what is known as "Banks" . 1 Bank is for a single batt. , 2 Banks are for 2 batts. , and 3 for 3 batts. .
The only chargers worth considering will have 10 amps per bank ... not 5 amps as many do . The reason for the 10 amp bank is so the deep cycle batt. can quickly be brought up to charging temp. , anything less recks your batteries .
A decent Marine Deep Cycle batt. charger will have 3-4 modes of charging that take place automatically and in sequence ...
Just like the little fuel can ... you can carry a smaller "back-up" batt. for reserve .
If you have a choice , get the little gas engine (just know that some lakes and reservoirs don't allow gas engines to be run in them) , and don't look back , soooo much less to deal with , both weight wise and component wise , and more power/speed .
Also , every state I know of requires a canoe to be registered (stickers and number) if motorized , either with electric troller or gas engine . If you want the power opt. , it's worth it though .
Also with just a little imagination ... you can rig up an on center stern mount for either the gas engine or the elect. motor ... as oppossed to the well known side mounting . I recommend the "on center stern mount" . Both type offer a throtle/tiller extension opt. , makes it easier with the "on center stern mounting" so you don't have to reach back so far .
The advice I've given you is golden ... go the cheaper route and well , you'll see .
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