traxxis 55 on a Wenonah 15'backwater
Posted by: old_user on May-06-12 7:48 PM (EST)
finally after all the baloney from the DMV I took the canoe out with my son on canadice lake.
It was windy as all heck and had whitcaps all over the lake and large swells in the middle of the Lake . We crossed to the west side of the lake.
First it did not break any speed records and Yes a gas 2.5 hp will be a lot quicker but let me tell you.
My son sat in the back and he is a 6 footer weighing 320 lbs plus the 55 motor weighed quite a bit also.
I sat in front with the 65 lb battery behind me and I weigh 215.I figure there was at least 700LBS in the canoe.It handled like a dream. We had no problem moving along with the speed setting on 4 and moving it to 5 created a wake. Quiet and strong-What a setup for trolling on the lake. My son was so impressed-we cut back diagonally on 5 into the wind and big swells and took some water over the bow but very little and the boat was as stable as a rock.What a canoe for fishing.
I would recommend this setup to anyone.The only problem is with the motor mounted on the stern makes for a backache if you do it for a long time.
I want to see if I can rig up something. There has to be someway of doing it so you don't have to twist yourself to steer it. Anyway-my son and I loved it and was shocked at how stable the canoe was. Look up the wenonah backwater and see how sharp the front is and I stood up in front of the front seat and had no problem keeping my balance
hope this helps somebody
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