I just got an 18 foot boat to begin my sailing adventures. I plan on being in lakes here in southern California. With regulations against some of the small motors, I was wondering how a trolling motor with a 30 pound thrust would perform for leaving the ramp/dock. Anybody with experience or advice?
I had a 45 lb thrust on my fishing boat. If you have a big battery it will get you away from the ramp in calm conditions. I think mine was rated for full thrust for about an hour or so with a group 27 battery ingood shape. You may struggle against the wind or chop. Suggest you sail up wind after leaving the ramp.