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#11581344 - 05/03/16 07:35 PM Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor?
JimmyA Offline
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I have a 18' War-Eagle 1754 and currently using factory installed 48lb/12volt, Motor-Guide trolling Motor. There is not enough thrust or power and am planning to up-grade to a 80lb/24volt! If it were you, MinKota or Motor-Guide? Never had or used a MinKota! Which one is quieter upon take-off, in your opinion? I plan to go to a composite shaft option. Any info would be greatly appreciated!
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#11581538 - 05/03/16 08:46 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
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I have had both. But I'm using a motor guide now and have no complaints. You probably need a 36-45" shaft I would think. Composite shafts will splinter sometimes if you run aground. But get whatever you can afford, both are good motors!
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#11582882 - 05/04/16 01:11 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
Capt Craig Offline
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I'm a Minn Kota guy. Always used them always loved them. I prefer the i-pilot models so I can use the spot lock feature. It is a virtual anchor anywhere on the water. As far as the shaft length, I fish days that are windy as long as it isn't dangerous windy. I prefer a longer shaft so the prop stays at least a foot deep in the water. I would suggest 60" shaft.
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#11582952 - 05/04/16 01:48 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
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Boat builders routinely use the smallest, cheapest trolling motors they can get just so they can offer it as part of the package. I would go with a 80lb 24V motor. You'll appreciate the speed and a second battery isn't going to add that much weight.Trolling motors are like outboards and pick up trucks. No one ever woke up wishing they had bought something smaller and the price difference is negligible.
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#11582970 - 05/04/16 01:54 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: Capt Craig]
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Originally Posted By: Capt Craig
I'm a Minn Kota guy. Always used them always loved them. I prefer the i-pilot models so I can use the spot lock feature. It is a virtual anchor anywhere on the water. As far as the shaft length, I fish days that are windy as long as it isn't dangerous windy. I prefer a longer shaft so the prop stays at least a foot deep in the water. I would suggest 60" shaft.


The man has an aluminum War Eagle 18' boat and you are suggesting a 60" shaft? For fishing the North Atlantic? I see a lot of large bass boats, and have yet to encounter an owner who says 50-54 inch (depending on exact motor model) isn't enough. I owned several boats similar to his, and I can't imagine the 45" shaft being insufficient. I doubt he'll be fishing that boat in 2 foot rollers very often...


Edited by Flippin-Out (05/04/16 01:56 PM)

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#11582992 - 05/04/16 02:02 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: Bob Landry]
Flippin-Out Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bob Landry
Boat builders routinely use the smallest, cheapest trolling motors they can get just so they can offer it as part of the package. I would go with a 80lb 24V motor. You'll appreciate the speed and a second battery isn't going to add that much weight.Trolling motors are like outboards and pick up trucks. No one ever woke up wishing they had bought something smaller and the price difference is negligible.


I totally agree! The 24V motor will be more efficient, too. You can probably use two Group 24 size batteries and be amazed at the power you have available when needed - but can often run that new 24V at a lot lower speed setting. The amps pulled by a 24V motor can be almost half the amps pulled by a 12V motor. A lot of people have the misconception that the more powerful motor will pull more amps, but it does not. This is based on the laws of physics. End result: you have more amp-hours of energy in the boat to run your motor and you will always be easier on two batteries than one when asking for the same effort.

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#11583236 - 05/04/16 03:50 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
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I love my I-Pilot. Anchor lock, and the ability to set a direction and just let it go is priceless. Get a shaft length that will work in the worse conditions you might find yourself in, even if only very occasionally. Nothing more frustrating than not being able to hold spot on a school of fish, or not being able to make headway if the big motor dies. I don't know about noise difference. After swimming under water and hearing the constant noise made from motors anywhere on a lake, I'm not sure there could be any difference that would make a difference. But I ain't a fish either. smile
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#11583923 - 05/04/16 09:04 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: Bob Landry]
JimmyA Offline
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Sorry about, Jerry not needing you! "LOL" Thank you, for the reply! You made my mind up
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#11589531 - 05/08/16 08:11 AM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
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I got the I-Pilot and have never regretted it. It's more expensive, but quality ain't cheap. You'll appreciate not having to deal with the stiff cable on the front deck, and if you like, there is also an optional foot pedal that connects with electrical cord, not the stiff cables, so you can put it where you need it or just move it out of the way.
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#11592747 - 05/09/16 06:27 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
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I have a Motorguide, I think both are good motors. Whichever you choose go digital.

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#11595686 - 05/10/16 10:12 PM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: Wingmaster]
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Originally Posted By: Wingmaster
I have a Motorguide, I think both are good motors. Whichever you choose go digital.



definitely digital. My old boat weighed more than yours and I couldn't fit another battery in it so I went with the 55# terrova. My other tm would have the battery used up by the end of the day. The digital, never ran the battery down no matter how much I used it, and I tried.

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#11608102 - 05/17/16 11:41 AM Re: Looking to up-grade Trolling Motor? [Re: JimmyA]
zoom48 Offline
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Registered: 09/14/12
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Loc: Longview, Tx
Minn Kota 80lb 24v great motor-tough

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