Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
tsasunkawitka, OldTriton, shooter60, Chrishow09, Larry Milford
108886 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 89609
hopalong 78895
Pilothawk 76945
John175® 68890
JDavis7873® 67392
Derek 🐝 61282
FattyMcButterpants 60904
Tritonman 58267
LoneStarSon® 54732
SkeeterRonnie 53599
facebook
Forum Stats
108886 Members
60 Forums
832935 Topics
12102894 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >
Topic Options
#12786754 - 06/10/18 11:51 AM Ultrex Shaft Length
Tight Lines Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 89
Loc: Houston, TX
After fishing with the Maxxum 101 that came on my Skeeter ZX 250 for 11 years, I decided that the technology built into the Ultrex was enough to make me fork over a ridiculous amount of money to make the upgrade.
The only question was what shaft length to buy. I did a lot of reading on this forum and other bulletin boards looking for user experience with 45" and 52" shafts. Of course I also measured from the front where the mount was to what I thought would be the water line as Minn Kota suggested. I even went to a local Skeeter dealer to get their input.
So, armed with all of this information, and factoring in that I probably fish 90% of the time along shoreline or in water less than 15 ft. deep, I purchased and installed the Ultrex with the 45" shaft.
Had an opportunity to take it out yesterday for the first time to do the required calibration and practice with it for a couple of hours. In only slightly choppy water it took about 5 minutes to realize that I probably should have gone with the longer shaft. Even when I was at the front using the foot control, the prop was often breaking the surface.
That being said, all of the features worked as advertised and I'm looking forward to going on a real fishing trip soon to see if the shorter shaft will work long term.

Top
#12786761 - 06/10/18 12:02 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
C130 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/26/16
Posts: 588
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I have had the 45” on my Bass Cat Eyra for over a year and haven’t regretted getting the 45” at all. I’m not sure how the Skeeter sits in relation to the Bass Cats though. I’ve had it come out of the water on occasion but it still held us on spot very well. I’d say 95% of the time the 45” has been great, hope it works out on your boat.
_________________________
Bass Cat Eyra

Top
#12786766 - 06/10/18 12:07 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
361V Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 11/21/08
Posts: 5133
Loc: somervell county
Lesson for others: a little to long is way better than too short. Would have thought though that just sticking with the same length that had been working for you before would have been fine. Maybe the mounts are different so that even with the same length shaft the motor does not drop as far into the water when fully extended? Just questions/concerns for those considering purchasing one.
_________________________

Top
#12786776 - 06/10/18 12:19 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: 361V]
Chet Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/03/06
Posts: 1542
Loc: Ft Worth
Had a 45" on a Ranger Z119 and no regrets.
_________________________

Top
#12786792 - 06/10/18 12:36 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Tight Lines Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 08/26/09
Posts: 89
Loc: Houston, TX
Measuring from where the shaft enters the motor to where it comes out of the bottom of the mount, the Maxxum had 40.5" whereas the Ultrex only has about 33".
Glad to hear the shorter shaft is working fine for others.
After using it for a few trips, I'll report back if anyone is interested.

Top
#12786817 - 06/10/18 12:58 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Clark3 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/22/12
Posts: 1002
Loc: Haslet, TX
You can have the shaft swapped out prettt easily
_________________________

Top
#12786819 - 06/10/18 12:59 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
aggieangler03 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/02/09
Posts: 527
Loc: Mineral Wells, Texas
I prefer to fish offshore and I have a 19’ boat. In bigger waves the motor blows out so I went with a 52”. I see no reason to go 45” at all. I can always just raise it up a little if I need to but I can’t make a 45” any longer.

Top
#12786857 - 06/10/18 01:35 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Bobby Milam Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3579
Loc: Arlington
Really no reason for people not to get a 52 over a 45. 7" really isn't going to interfere with you much at all. If you are coming out of the water in mild water, think about what it will be like in the rough stuff. Not good for the prop to go to high when out of the water and then drop back in the water. Lot's of wear and tear that isn't necessary.

I didn't have a middle choice with my Ulterra so I went with the 60". I haven't regretted it. I learn to cast around it and the nice thing since I can change the trim height with a touch of a button, it is really easy to lower it deep for deep water and get it out of my way. Make sure that you have it lowered as far as it will go. If you find it to be a problem later, like someone else mentioned, you can always have a new shaft put on it. The way I have been seeing them in shops with broken shafts lately, you might have to get a new shaft in the future anyway.

Top
#12786859 - 06/10/18 01:35 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
C130 Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/26/16
Posts: 588
Loc: Magnolia, TX
I believe on some boats the 52” shafts cause an issue with raising the rod locker with the trolling motor stowed. I’d buy the 45” again but it works fine on my boat, maybe not others. Plus, my boat has about a 1/4” clearance to fit in my garage and that’s after trolling motor is put up all the way.


Edited by C130 (06/10/18 01:38 PM)
_________________________
Bass Cat Eyra

Top
#12786890 - 06/10/18 02:05 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Minner Bucket Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/13/11
Posts: 1294
Loc: San Antonio
Skeeter ZX225 with 52". I have even had that come out of the water while fishing off shore in the wind, so I definitely recommend the 52", unless you never fish out in the wind, then 45" is all you need.

Top
#12786964 - 06/10/18 03:14 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
EastTexasBassin Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/15/09
Posts: 984
Loc: Lake Ray Hubbard
I just have a little Skeeter 176sx, but I got the 52" because the motorguide I used to have was always coming up out of the water on windy days.

I'm really glad I got the 52" so I can drop it down all the way in rough water. The only issue I've had was getting used to the motor being so much taller when it isn't dropped all the way down. My first day out with the ultrex I broke a rod. I was dragging a c-rig, got a bite, and swung the rod right into the motor on the hookset. Been more careful since then.

Top
#12786986 - 06/10/18 03:48 PM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
bradnitro175 Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 5010
Loc: Dallas,tx
I went with 45 and still hit the head with the rod sometimes
_________________________
Originally Posted By: John175®
your bait sux,and your boat is ugly.

Top
#12787372 - 06/11/18 12:08 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
WackySenko Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/14/07
Posts: 1190
52.
_________________________
"Its not an addiction...its a disease! and I LIKE it! keeps my sanity in this cruel world!"

Top
#12787410 - 06/11/18 05:49 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
John175® Online   happy
Super Freak

Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 68890
Loc: Realville
45"

Never had a problem. Sometimes when the waves are big enough the motor does pull out but those few times 7" would not have made a difference.

I think it depends on how level your boat sets when fishing. A Skeeter tends to be a bit nose high. 52" would probably help.

Rangers tend to set more level. 45" would do.

Bass Cat sits a bit nose high. 52" might be needed.
_________________________
2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97

Top
#12787420 - 06/11/18 06:12 AM Re: Ultrex Shaft Length [Re: Tight Lines]
Jaret Latta Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 8194
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
52" is perfect for both shallow water and when you're deep

Top
Page 1 of 2 1 2 >



© 1998-2018 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide