speed with a trolling motor
Posted by: old_user on Feb-28-05 5:51 PM (EST)
I want to know how big of a trolling motor (in terms of lb thrust) you use to push a tandem canoe. What is your top speed? I know the canoe hull has a theoretical max speed limitation. But is it faster to use a 2 or 3 HP gas motor than a 30# trolling motor? Thanks.
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Electric vs. Gas|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-28-05 9:28 PM (EST)
A gas engine (2hp) will be faster than a 30lb electric trolling motor, especially if you're going very far. If you want to run your trolling motor at high speed for a long time you'll need more batteries, more charging capability...You need to make sure your canoe will handle the weight of a gas motor, especially if you're thinking solo use. I like electric motors for trolling, but sometimes can't get slow enough with my 30lb thrust Minnkota. I hear they make a "power paddle" design for Old Town that has a couple of slower speeds for those who troll. Whish they'd had that when I bought mine.
Don't quote me....|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-01-05 8:41 AM (EST)
but I've heard that it takes 50 lb. of thrust on a trolling motor to roughly equal a 2 hp motor.
Posted by: earplug on Mar-07-05 6:50 PM (EST)
I have a canoe I paddle, and a 5.5 hp engine on 12 foot alloy boat. I'd wonder about yanking that pull rope or fiddling with the engine if it were on the stern of a canoe.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-09-05 10:45 AM (EST)
From what I have read, 1 horsepower puts out roughly 25 pounds of thrust. This is an approximate that I have read is used by Naval architects based on given (and standard) prop designs.
Loaded Canoe Speed and tests...|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-09-05 10:30 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Mar-17-05 4:46 PM (EST)
I have an indian river14ft with a square stern. I had a 55lb thrust trolling motor on it. It moved the canoe along at a good speed even with two adults. The only thing was that my range was limited. Recently my wife bought me a 2.5hp mercury. IT WORKS GREAT! Range is no longer a problem. It runs for hours on the internal tank, and when I run out it's easy to fill with the extra gallon of gas I bring. My canoe is pretty stable so handling the motor on the water presents no problems. It is MUCH faster than the trolling motor and the weight is close. I just use the canoe bass fishing in south florida canals, which can run for miles. Just my 2 cents. Either way get out on the water and enjoy.
What is your speed?|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-17-05 5:20 PM (EST)
I have decided to get a small outboard instead of a trolling motor because of the range and weight advantage.
Scott is a speed freak!|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-18-05 8:42 PM (EST)
I'm just joking, but if you were a car guy, you'd want a super-charged big block Chevelle for trips to the grocery store, I bet!
Yes Scott is a speed freak|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-05 8:40 AM (EST)
Does your canoe plane? LOL
I have a Wenonah Fisherman 14 Kevlar|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-20-05 12:03 AM (EST)
It is 14 feet long and 38 inches wide. I have a 15 lb thrust trolling motor that can only push the canoe to 2.5 mph. If we are going against 15 mph wind, the canoe moves at 0 - 0.5 mph. That is why I want to make sure the outboard will solve my problem.
speed with 2.5|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-21-05 3:37 PM (EST)
With a 2.5 in a indian river 14ft square back,the front comes up even with my 100lb oldest son up front. It has more than enough speed.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-23-05 9:25 PM (EST)
The last time I used a gas engine on a canoe, it was a two horse two stroke on my dad's Old Town Tripper. My buddy and I used to take it out on the Columbia and Snake river and other places. With the two of us (360lbs) and two loaded coolers-one ice for fish, one food and beverages-plus misc other gear, it still moved right along. If it got windy and the waves came up, I often had to slow down when cruising or my buddy would take too much spray as we crashed through waves enroute to wherever it was we were going. I have no idea how fast we were moving, but it was much faster than we could have ever paddled downwind, even if we were motoring upwind. In my humble opinion, a 2 or 2.5 horse engine will make your Fisherman haul.
so far so good|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-24-05 11:23 PM (EST)
The weight of a kelvar canoe is the best attribute. I can use it solo or tandem. It is quite stable. But it is a little wide and high, so it gets caught in the wind easily. I didn't intend to paddle this canoe when I bought it. So it is not a big deal. I use this rig as a portable, non-trailer jon boat. Works for me.
Motors on canoes|
Posted by: old_user on May-16-05 2:54 PM (EST)
Sorry to reply on this til now.I also have a
3 hp motor on canoe|
Posted by: old_user on May-30-05 10:35 AM (EST)
What to do....|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-08-08 1:15 AM (EST)
Have just moved to Alaska, and canoe finally shipped! In the past I have run a 2.5 hp Evinrude, but after 30 years it deserves a rest. I have a sail rig (a lateen sail and mast, rudder from a Sea Snark, hand made ash lee boards) that has had GOOD use. The canoe is a 1975 Grumman 17' Square Stern Standard Weight.