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#11398442 - 02/07/16 03:33 PM Trolling motor shaft length?
PBrain Offline
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Registered: 08/12/14
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Loc: Pony Creek, Tx
Can someone share their experience or knowledge on what criteria I should use to determine the best trolling motor shaft length for my boat -
22' Tahoe 215 w/ I/O? What difference will different shaft lengths make? Thanks for your help.

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#11398493 - 02/07/16 04:10 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
Yaffe (Jeff) Offline
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Registered: 12/19/09
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Loc: Rowlett Texas by way of Victor...
60 inch all the way...you can always adjust it to 45" but you can't adjust a 45" to 60".... roflmao
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#11398610 - 02/07/16 05:18 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
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On a 22' boat Id say the biggest trolling motor you can get with the longest shaft possible.
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#11398619 - 02/07/16 05:19 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
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Bigger is always better.
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#11398801 - 02/07/16 06:25 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: CHAMPION FISH]
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Loc: Jack County
The longer the better, when you get in rough water you will be glad you have the length. MInn Kota has a 72" now.
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#11398993 - 02/07/16 07:29 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
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Loc: springtown,tx.
They recommend to have 1 ft. of the trolling motor in the water for optimum performance. With that said, if it gets windy, you will need more than that to maneuver. Bigger is better. As stated above you can adjust up, can't make it longer.


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#11399561 - 02/07/16 10:36 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
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Longer shaft gives you more options, BUT when you stow the TM make sure your front deck holds the entire motor. You don't want the head of the TM hanging outside of your boat which may get damaged when docking, especially windy days. Many 22 ft boat may not be suited for the 72" shaft . I think the tahoe has shorter front deck.
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#11400323 - 02/08/16 10:46 AM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
PBrain Offline
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Registered: 08/12/14
Posts: 24
Loc: Pony Creek, Tx
Great advise! Thanks for taking the time guys!

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#11401541 - 02/08/16 07:11 PM Re: Trolling motor shaft length? [Re: PBrain]
EPIC FISHIN Offline
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Registered: 03/08/13
Posts: 85
Loc: Cedar Hill ,Tx
60 i have 60 and wish it was a lil longer sometimes

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