If you have a Gander Mountain near you they have the Minnkota Endura 40 priced at $ 179.99 with a free battery charger.
40 pounds of thrust will be more than adequate to push a Scanoe and a couple of guys around even in modest river current. I know because for years I ran a 43 pound thrust trolling motor on a johnboat that weighed 500 pounds by itself and had 800 to 900 pounds, not counting the 75 pound dog and the 160 pound outboard, of people and gear in it all the time.
With a fully charged battery I fished the Susquehanna River anytime it wasn't iced over and I never had any problems.
I personally like the Endura models better than the Traxxis. Even though the Traxxis has some nice features, it just seems chintzy compared to the Endura. Look around and you'll find no shortage of reviewers who complain about the cheesy plastic motor mount. Both motors seem cheesy compared to the old Minnkota 35 though, and the Traxxis isn't worth $ 100.00 or more for the same amount of thrust that you get in the Endura.
Wal-Mart batteries are probably about as good as any wet cell deep cycle battery since they are made by Interstate Battery.
If you fish for 4 or 5 hours and you don't run the motor constantly you can get by with a Group 24 sized battery. If you want to stay out 10 hours get a Group 27 but keep in mind that it will weigh 10 to 12 pounds more than the 24 at about 70 pounds or so.
Any 12 volt trickle charger will work if you don't manage to get the free Minnkota at Gander Mountain. For around $ 50.00 - 60.00 you can get a nice charger on sale at Sears that will double as a high capacity jumpstart charger for your car.
Just set it on 2Amp autocharge when you pull the battery out of your Scanoe when it's discharged and you'll have a freshly charged battery overnight.
Tim Murphy AKA Goobs
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