I was hoping that a few questions I had could be answered. I've tried using the search function but haven't really been able to find the proper threads to my questions. Here's the scenario, currently, I have an Old Town Guide 147 that my girlfriend and I take out fishing primarily in rivers/lakes around new england. I am looking to purchase a trolling motor/mount/battery that would best suit our needs. The total weight of myself, girlfriend and gear is roughly 300lbs. Is a 30lb thrust trolling motor going to be enough to handle 300lbs + weight of battery? Also, from what I can tell the general consensus seems to be that a 30inch shaft is plenty, but if the 30lb thrust motor isn't enough, is a 36inch shaft with 45lbs going to be able to power us? Thanks for all the help.
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Posted by: Big_D on Jan-21-13 8:14 AM (EST)
On a lake, a 30 ft/lb thrust will push you if there's not much wind. A friend and I had a 14' jon boat and used a 28 ft/lb thrust trolling motor on it for years at a lake. It goes. It doesn't go fast, but no trolling motor will. Fast is not their job.
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Posted by: spadefish on May-24-13 12:07 PM (EST)
but since you are living in New England and might be just getting on the water again, thought I would throw this out - if you haven't bought a mount yet, don't. You'll save money and have a better mount by making your own mount. I made mine by bolting two pieces of aluminum angle iron to the insides of my canoe, opposite each other behind the rear seat, just below the gunwales. Then I took a 2X4 made of pressure treated pine and cut it to fit to span the canoe back there. I took two pieces of the thickest finishing plywood I would find and glued them together to make a double-thickness. I then bolted that into the 2x4 (bolts going all the way through 2x4 with washers and locknuts), perpendicular, as the place to attach the motor. I then drilled holes in the ends of the 2 x 4 as places to pass through the bolts for holding the mount to the angle iron, and I slathered the mount with 4 coats of marine varnish. 4 years later, it looks like new. I can send you detailed pictures and a drawing to help you assemble it if you like.
Posted by: 3bearnight on May-25-13 10:39 AM (EST)