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#11763067 - 08/07/16 10:41 AM trolling motor size
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
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Loc: Arlington
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.

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#11763142 - 08/07/16 11:35 AM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
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Too bad you weren't at this decision 6 months ago. I sold a Terrova 24V 80# w/52" shaft Built in sonar, with I Pilot link for $1000. It had been used about 10 times. Good luck with decision. I understand your thinking but it would be hard for me to go back to 55# vs. 80#. Like the saying goes. Better to have power & NOT need it than NEED it & not have it.
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#11763143 - 08/07/16 11:39 AM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
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If your motor runs why pay for something that you already have? Just use the power needed to do the job and call it good. I can't imagine why anyone would downsize a TM. That's like waking up some morning and thinking you wanted a smaller truck.
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#11763147 - 08/07/16 11:41 AM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
bronco71 Online   content
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Much better to have too much than not enough with a TM. If you do end up going after hybrids or stripers or sand bass in the wind I believe you will be disappointed, also trying to stay on deep structure bass fishing in wind. I had a 55lb on an old 16' Skeeter Wrangler that was barely adequate.

Is your current TM broke? Just curious as to why you are wanting to change. I would wait and save for the 80lb if possible.

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#11763186 - 08/07/16 12:04 PM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
Bobby Milam Offline
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I want to go back to an ipilot. The current TM is hand control, which I don't like and it has issues. I know all the better to have more power than not enough but that is the question, is it enough? I know I don't need an 80 but might have to go to it. Like Bob's truck analogy, I don't want to buy a 1 ton diesel dually as a work truck just to drive 1 mile to work every day.

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#11763218 - 08/07/16 12:28 PM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
bronco71 Online   content
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So I guess you are wanting the spot lock/anchor feature? Or just the wireless remote? For the spot lock I would get the MG Xi5 before the I-pilot....much better reviews. I still say 80lbs....

If just wanting the wireless remote and spot lock isn't a big deal I would get a 70 lb MK Powerdrive/autopilot w/copilot, mine works very well on my 18.5' Nitro, not GPS so you don't lose control under bridges etc. but doesn't have anchor/ spot lock capability.

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#11763223 - 08/07/16 12:33 PM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
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Or I see they have the Power Drive 70lb with I-pilot also on the MK website

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#11763277 - 08/07/16 01:19 PM Re: trolling motor size [Re: Bobby Milam]
Bobby Milam Offline
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I looked at the powerdrive. I don't know much about them other than their deployment looks like it isn't very user friendly but I'm researching more. I don't even mind without ipilot because I prefer to have the link anyway so I'd upgrade it.

I know the improved terrovas will be coming out soon as well as the new trolling motor so I might just hold off until some people start upgrading their units.

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