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Old 03-13-2018, 12:45 PM   #1
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Seeking advice on trolling motor selection. 18’6” bay boat center console. Boat and motor weight is about 2400 lbs. The recommended is 24 volt/55 lb thrust. What do y’all think?
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:49 PM   #2
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where is Tim the Tool Man Taylor when you need him - MORE POWER!!!
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:59 PM   #3
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I have a 24V.-80# and when it's windy, wish I had the 36V-101. Boat is an 1860 Aluma-Craft with 90 Yammer.... If you're going to jump to the 24 volt, just go big. Won't take up any more room on the boat.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:59 PM   #4
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55lb seems a little weak to me. I had a 80 lb on my 20’ bassboat and wished for more at times in the wind. I would get as big as you can afford. With anything on a boat, bigger is better.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:05 PM   #5
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The standard is 5lb. of thrust for every 200 lb. of gross weight. So the "recommended" thrust for your boat is 60 lbs. I personally wouldn't have less than 80 lb on anything except a flatbottom boat that would be used on small lakes/large ponds. And if you fish anywhere that wind is ever an issue, go bigger than you think you'll need IMO

You'll never say "I sure wish I hadn't gotten this trolling motor, it's too big for my boat" but you very well are likely to say "******, why didn't I get the larger trolling motor?!?" if you go with the smaller one. Manufacturers, for the most part, are putting the bare minimum on boats to sell them. And leave it up to the owners to deal with either the aggravation of using the ones that come with the boat, or replacing it with what they want
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:07 PM   #6
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I thought the 55 lbs was light. Will go bigger for sure. Thanks!
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:12 PM   #7
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Get the most powerful trolling motor you can...you will not regret having the extra power on hand when you need it.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:17 PM   #8
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I would buy a 80 lb if it gets too windy for that move not to mention the cost of another battery and weight. Now if you chase schooling fish then 101 would be better get spot lock for sure
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:22 PM   #9
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The biggest you can afford. I have the 110 and there have been days it struggle.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:32 PM   #10
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I'd stay with a 24 volt. I'm not sure how many pounds of thrust you can get out of a 24 V, but I have a 70 lb. on my 21 ft boat, and it is enough. With 36 volt, you will have 4 batteries (with the starting battery) That is a lot of extra weight itself, and more maintenance.
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Old 03-13-2018, 01:55 PM   #11
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Bigger the better
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:05 PM   #12
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Go eith the biggest you can afford as mentioned. You can never have too much thrust. I would say if you're gonna stay at 24v, get an 80lb

But if you can afford it and have the space, 36v 112lb ultrex or ulterra on a CC will make your live so much simpler. Just depends on the type of fishing you do and if you like having cable steer as the main option. But most CC guys run an ulterra
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:19 PM   #13
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I had a 102 lb 24 volt on a 18 foot xpress aluminum boat. Currently have a 112 24 volt on a 21'6 glass boat that weights right at 2000 lbs. No way of have even 60 lbs on a rig that big.

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Old 03-13-2018, 02:34 PM   #14
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No less than 80. If you have room for another battery go to 36 volt & get something over 100.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:34 PM   #15
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The biggest you can afford. I have the 110 and there have been days it struggle.
I mean the 101
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:36 PM   #16
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The biggest you can afford. I have the 110 and there have been days it struggle.
This is very much true. I would rather have to much power than not enough on windy days.
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Old 03-13-2018, 02:48 PM   #17
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I had a 55lb 12v on a 16' jon boat and it was good until the wind blew. I now have a 112lb 36v on a 21' bay boat and it does well.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:50 PM   #18
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80 24v on my 23ft gulf coast. Does fine but yes I kick myself for not going to the 110. Only use it in surf and when working birds, rest of time we wade.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:00 PM   #19
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Something else to consider the more you run your trolling motor on or near high to keep you in position, the quicker your batteries are gonna die. For example with mine in normal winds I can fish most time 2 days before I'm down because they are operating at less than 25%. If I had say an 80lb it would almost half. Also buy the longest shaft you can if your fishing open deep water , such as Striper fishing. My next TM will be the Kota Ultrex , 112 lb with 60" shaft

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Old 03-13-2018, 06:05 PM   #20
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I bought stealth battery charger my batteries charge back up when I idle. So far when I come home my batteries have been fully charged
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:15 PM   #21
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I bought stealth battery charger my batteries charge back up when I idle. So far when I come home my batteries have been fully charged
I've thought about that. Do you have yours dedicated to only your TM batteries or all Batteries ?
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:24 PM   #22
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All and it works great. It will charge 4 batteries I bought ac DC pack
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:30 PM   #23
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All and it works great. It will charge 4 batteries I bought ac DC pack
I have 6 total. Three house and three dedicated to trolling motor. Can it charge that many
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:41 PM   #24
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I don't think so. **** that's a lot of batteries. I don't have alot of room I put 3 big garmins on my boat last year and was getting low voltage on my units now I run all 31 batteries seem to fix my problem. The owner at stealth is really awesome to talk to he could help you I know easy to get ahold of too
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:42 PM   #25
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How long is your boat
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:45 PM   #26
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I don't think so. **** that's a lot of batteries. I don't have alot of room I put 3 big garmins on my boat last year and was getting low voltage on my units now I run all 31 batteries seem to fix my problem. The owner at stealth is really awesome to talk to he could help you I know easy to get ahold of too
Yeah it is. RileyTime is a 24'10 Century inshore CC. T-Top lights, radios, fish finder accessories need juice. On of the 3 house is the emergency battery to get you home.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:52 PM   #27
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This has a s perko to switch to trolling batteries to crank outboard if house gets low
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:55 PM   #28
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Motorguide Great White saltwater series, and asked powerfull as can get.
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Old 03-13-2018, 06:59 PM   #29
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This has a s perko to switch to trolling batteries to crank outboard if house gets low
Good feature
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:01 PM   #30
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So you have 2 chargers
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:14 PM   #31
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So you have 2 chargers
Lol I'm embarrassed to admit but I just sent the Kid who is running my boat a text asking. I haven't fished my boat in along time and when I do I just tell Graham to have it ready. I use to guide mostly on weekends but now that Riley's older and her Rodeo schedule has gotten mo busy, I have Graham run it. Get paid $220 a trip and he does all maintance. And it helps him pay for college. But to answer your question I believe two.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:26 PM   #32
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Lol that works out for both of you
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:31 PM   #33
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Same as said above 80# 24v minimum. My 18’ Kenner with mercury 90 was struggling the other day trolling into the wind I’m running XI5 80# 24 volt.
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Old 03-13-2018, 07:32 PM   #34
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Lol that works out for both of you
It really does. Should make around $1500 this week during spring break . Spring and Summer time is really when make bank and since that's Riley's busiest rodeo schedule works great
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:34 AM   #35
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I agree bigger is better


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Old 03-16-2018, 12:34 PM   #36
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I have a 24V.-80# and when it's windy, wish I had the 36V-101. Boat is an 1860 Aluma-Craft with 90 Yammer.... If you're going to jump to the 24 volt, just go big. Won't take up any more room on the boat.
Good to know.

I have a 18' bowrider with a 55# 12volt and wish I had a 24v 80# for when its windy.
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