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#12377026 - 08/08/17 03:00 AM Trolling motor thrust
cbeathard Offline
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Registered: 04/29/17
Posts: 39
Loc: Denton Tx
So im buying a boat and it currently has a really old Trolling motor on it.
I'm already shopping to replace it and my main question would be if 80# is plenty to move well on a windy day in a 18 ft fiberglass boat.
My second question would be the shaft length and if a 45" or 50" shaft pretty universal for an average bass boat.

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#12377046 - 08/08/17 06:01 AM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
DREAMIN TEAM Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 66
Loc: Azle Tx.
80 should be plenty if you don't get a deck boat that's a giant sail. Best of luck with new boat.

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#12377048 - 08/08/17 06:05 AM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
DREAMIN TEAM Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 66
Loc: Azle Tx.
Oh yes and 45" shaft should be good . Motor needs to be 12"s below surface when deployed ifI remember correctly.

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#12377049 - 08/08/17 06:05 AM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
DREAMIN TEAM Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
Posts: 66
Loc: Azle Tx.
Oh yes and 45" shaft should be good . Motor needs to be 12"s below surface when deployed ifI remember correctly.

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#12377104 - 08/08/17 07:21 AM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
Capt Craig Offline
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Registered: 08/25/09
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If you are going to fish even on days that get a bit windy, I recommend a longer shaft on the TM. That way you can drop it deeper to prevent it from constantly coming out of the water with each wave.
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#12378456 - 08/08/17 10:11 PM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
cbeathard Offline
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Registered: 04/29/17
Posts: 39
Loc: Denton Tx
I Appreciate all the comments and insight. Was just worried about buying a $1000 TM and it not be the correct one!
Thanks again!

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#12378562 - 08/08/17 11:46 PM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2800
Loc: Arlington
Go to minn Kota site and they have a chart on measuring for shaft size if you are unsure. Make sure you have a little extra if you'll ever be out on windy days

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#12378569 - 08/09/17 12:08 AM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
jafish Offline
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Registered: 10/02/09
Posts: 336
Loc: lubbock,tx
I just pulled my MinnKota Maxxum 80 45" off to replace it with a new MinnKota Ulterra 80 45". I'm 71 years old and can use all the help I can get thus the Ulterra. I have a 20' Nitro with a Mercury 225 and the 80lb is a good match are I would have bought the larger tm this time around. If your are interested in my Maxxum take off shoot me a pm. I run two big AC brand batteries and my boat will jump with a 80lb on it.
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#12380647 - 08/10/17 01:24 PM Re: Trolling motor thrust [Re: cbeathard]
Jones Trolling Motor Offline
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Registered: 05/01/11
Posts: 484
Loc: NE Texas/SW Arkansas
On that size boat, the 80 will be fine. Most bassboats use a 45" shaft, with exceptions made for fishing in the wind, or boats such as Skeeter and Champion that set "bow high" in the water. Let me know if I can help.
John
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