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#11683590 - 06/22/16 10:21 PM MK 45" or 52" shaft?
The Rodfather Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/17/06
Posts: 1019
Loc: Fredericksburg, TX
I'm trying decide on which shaft length I want and needing some insight on yall's preference. I currently have a 42" but in big waves it's pretty pointless. Does the 52" make a world of difference or is it in the way most off the time?

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#11683599 - 06/22/16 10:28 PM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
Andrew Y'Barbo Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1187
Loc: Lufkin Texas
Mine has not been in the way. Makes a world of difference. However, I'm 6'6" and run a basscat. I stand closer so casting over it is not an issue.

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#11683605 - 06/22/16 10:30 PM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
Lil joe Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/30/13
Posts: 2925
Loc: lake conroe, tx
If you like fishin out in open water when it gets rough, the 52 is the better option unless you just like the trolling motor bouncing out of the water.

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#11683607 - 06/22/16 10:30 PM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
Jaret Latta Online   content
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 6075
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
An extra 10 inches should handle pretty much anything. If that's not enough, you're in trouble...

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#11683734 - 06/23/16 04:22 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
dimitri Offline
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Registered: 08/12/09
Posts: 2063
Loc: Arlington TX
get a 52" unless you beat the bank 100% of the time

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#11683779 - 06/23/16 06:10 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
921 Phoenix Online   content
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Registered: 06/21/11
Posts: 1861
Loc: Lake Fork
All of the above ^^^^^

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#11683907 - 06/23/16 07:40 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
Leeroy Offline
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Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 452
Loc: Rockwall, TX
52"!
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#11684003 - 06/23/16 08:27 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: Jaret Latta]
Bass&More Offline
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Registered: 06/04/08
Posts: 7305
Loc: Ft WorthTexas
Originally Posted By: Jaret Latta
An extra 10 inches should handle pretty much anything. If that's not enough, you're in trouble...



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#11684047 - 06/23/16 08:46 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
Neal G Offline
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Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 598
Loc: Texas
The best trolling motor shaft length is really impacted by the model boat you are running. I had always ran 52 inch shafts on older Skeeters and Champions. A 45 is perfect for the Ranger Z520C I am running now because the boat sits so much flatter. A trolling motor that is unnecessarily long will be an inconvenience and/or in the way.

Check with guys that have the same boat as you have or post your boat model here.
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#11684072 - 06/23/16 08:58 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
acts2:38-39 Offline
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Registered: 05/31/12
Posts: 249
How about skeeter sx180. It came from Plano marine plano texas with a 52" hand held. I'm wanting a foot control fortex so what length

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#11684395 - 06/23/16 11:47 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
The Rodfather Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/17/06
Posts: 1019
Loc: Fredericksburg, TX
I have a 2003 Stratos 201 ProXL, any owners want to chime in? Thanks for the responses everyone!

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#11684405 - 06/23/16 11:51 AM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
krawlin 47 Offline
TFF Guru

Registered: 02/24/08
Posts: 16208
Loc: Sachse Texas
No question - 52" is a no brainer. If you like to fish deep at all on any lakes of size the 52 will keep your prop in the water under most conditions...the 45 will NOT.

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#11684472 - 06/23/16 12:31 PM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
jhall239 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/15
Posts: 108
Loc: Hemphill,TX/Jonesboro,LA
52"
You can raise it up if required
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#11684652 - 06/23/16 02:04 PM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3398
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Go with the 52" shaft. You'll be happy with it in the end.
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#11684702 - 06/23/16 02:27 PM Re: MK 45" or 52" shaft? [Re: The Rodfather]
ShawnT Offline
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Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1945
Loc: New Braunfels, TEXAS
Another vote for the 52". I've had them on my last 3 boats and I always have it lowered all the way down. I can count on 1 hand how many times I have had to raise it up.
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