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#10907012 - 06/09/15 09:26 PM Trolling Motor Size
KSalcedo222 Offline
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Registered: 06/19/11
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Loc: Mineola TX
I have a buddy who just bought an 18ft aluminum boat and is wanting to upgrade his trolling motor... He is wondering if there such thing as too big of a trolling motor for a boat like this?
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#10907043 - 06/09/15 09:37 PM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: KSalcedo222]
jbhall1183 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/11
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I don't think so. But an aluminum 18fter doesn't need a 101lb thrust trolling motor. A 70-80lb thrust should be plenty for that boat.

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#10907047 - 06/09/15 09:38 PM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: KSalcedo222]
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I cannot recall anyone ever saying they felt like they bought too big a TM. Heard plenty say they wish they had bought bigger though.
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#10907066 - 06/09/15 09:41 PM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: jbhall1183]
KSalcedo222 Offline
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Originally Posted By: jbhall1183
I don't think so. But an aluminum 18fter doesn't need a 101lb thrust trolling motor. A 70-80lb thrust should be plenty for that boat.

Thats what he is looking into. I told him he should be fine, just wanted to make sure I didnt lie to him.
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#10907092 - 06/09/15 09:46 PM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: KSalcedo222]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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#10907501 - 06/10/15 03:12 AM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: KSalcedo222]
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the exception is the terrova and ulterras. You dont want too much on them or they wont function as well for some of their features

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#10907669 - 06/10/15 07:20 AM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: KSalcedo222]
6BOOMER Offline
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Registered: 01/16/12
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Not necessarily too big but weight should be a consideration, 18ft aluminum boat and a 36 volt TM (3-batteries for TM)then another cranking battery? I would consider a 24 volt system. Plenty of power for 18ft.

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#10907775 - 06/10/15 07:54 AM Re: Trolling Motor Size [Re: Mark Perry]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Originally Posted By: Mark Perry
I cannot recall anyone ever saying they felt like they bought too big a TM. Heard plenty say they wish they had bought bigger though.
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