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#12738612 - 05/01/18 05:05 PM 12v/55lb trolling motor on 17ft bass boat
joho5 Offline
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Registered: 07/03/08
Posts: 3003
Loc: Abbott, TX
Would it do the job? Found a really good deal on one.

Its a Ranger R72

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#12738679 - 05/01/18 05:43 PM Re: 12v/55lb trolling motor on 17ft bass boat [Re: joho5]
Bob Landry Offline
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Registered: 08/10/11
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Loc: Austin, Tx
If it's fiberglass, it's going to be heavy. I would go with a 24V/80lb. JMO

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#12739057 - 05/01/18 09:06 PM Re: 12v/55lb trolling motor on 17ft bass boat [Re: joho5]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3579
Loc: Arlington
I'd put a 24v on one that heavy. 55 would do it but battery life would be rough and I wouldn't want to be out in rough water relying on it to keep up.

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#12739100 - 05/01/18 09:26 PM Re: 12v/55lb trolling motor on 17ft bass boat [Re: joho5]
retdbasser Offline
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Registered: 11/29/06
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Loc: Garland,TX
I think it depends on when, where, how and what species you fish for. I have a 17'6 glas with a 55#, 12v that replaced a 45#,12v and it works very well. Having said that I don't fish on windy days or deep water and bass only. I didn't have room for 2 batteries without some modifications or I would have 24V. I carry a spare battery but never used it fishing 5-8 hours at a time.
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