I have a 17.5' Champion bass boat. I currently have a 74# thrust trolling motor. I am wanting to get a terrova but of course, they are expensive and money is also an issue. I am considering buying the Terrova 55 because I can get a good deal on one but am trying to decide if it is really enough thrust for me. My current TM really has more thrust than I need. I never use it higher than 75% and that's only if I want to move a distance a little faster. 90% of the time, I am at 10-50% thrust. I primarily fish in areas out of the wind. I know it will be fine for those areas. I had a terrova before on a little smaller boat that got blown around quite a bit. When fishing open water in strong winds and using the spotlock, I noticed that the terrova really only ran at 3-4 speed out of 10 to maintain my position. I also understand the 24v will have more power than the 12v and the batteries will last longer but I have never ran a battery dead with the old 55 and since I would be ran in parallel, I am thinking that I will be fine.
Anyone else running a 55# on a 17' boat and have any experience on the effectiveness of that size trolling motor? If money was no issue then I'd gladly go with the 80# but it is. I am pretty sure that I'd be fine but worried about spending that kind of cash and then finding out that it won't work for me.