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JimMcGee 08-12-2013 10:42 AM

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
My old 2 stroke Tohatsu has seen better days so I'm looking at outboard options.

A friend recently bought a Minn Kota Endura C2 30 lb thrust for $99 bucks on Amazon. It's supposed to be fresh water only, but frankly if I get a couple of seasons out of it at $99 bucks I'd be happy. Hell three years out there will be even better/cheaper electric options on the market.

Anyone on SailNet have experience with these little motors pro or con?

It'll be pushing a 9' inflatable with two people, mostly on short trips from the boat to the beach in protected waters on Barnegat Bay.

Thanks,
Jim

DonScribner 08-12-2013 01:36 PM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
Jim,

That's what we use. Our first one did great until I hit reverse and the prop spun off in a flash and wobbled it's way to the bottom. Looked for the paddles. "Oh, I loaned those to my brother" the admiral says. Went to shore with a short kiddie paddle on one side and a dust pan duct taped to a boat pole on the other. Gotta love duct tape. Oh, the point is the parts will corrode in salt water so keep an eye on them. You can buy a salt water RipTide for about $400 or a Watersnake for about $150. SO, if this one folds, I'd hit Craigs list for another disposable.

We run for about 3 hours on a full charge so that carries us for 6 days of going ashore. And the oars are always in the dinghy. The only drawback is lifting the stupid battery.

Don

DonScribner 08-12-2013 01:45 PM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
OH yeah

poopdeckpappy 08-12-2013 02:11 PM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
I have the Endura C2 40lb on a 9 foot dinghy, over 2 years now, I have two 85ah batts and can go for days without recharging or 5+ hours on a sightseeing putt.

I've had seals come right up to the dink it's so quite

tschmidty 08-12-2013 02:24 PM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
Wow, those watersnakes look like a nice deal. I like how they offer a 24" shaft which makes them a little more wieldy and better suited for dinghy work.

oomfh 08-12-2013 02:53 PM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
While our Yamaha 9.9 is being serviced we're using a 37 lb thrust trolling motor get our 5,000 lb Catalina 25 from the dock and up the channel :laugher. Unless you're in strong winds or currents, you should have zero problem moving an inflatable with a 30 lb motor. Make sure your connection to the battery is snug.

sstuller 08-13-2013 06:46 AM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
I've been using the C30 on my inflatable for several months to get to my mooring and it has done fine. Am using a 35 AH U1 AGM battery. It's light weight (23#?) and and there's no acid to spill. Will soon experiment with a 15 watt panel from Harbor Freight (with a cheap controller) to see if it will keep the battery charged. Since the dink is idle most of the time hopefully the panel will save me the trouble of recharging the battery on shore. Thanks.

JimMcGee 08-13-2013 08:52 AM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by sstuller (Post 1073222)
I've been using the C30 on my inflatable for several months to get to my mooring and it has done fine. Am using a 35 AH U1 AGM battery. It's light weight (23#?) and and there's no acid to spill.

I like the light weight. How long can you go on 35AH?

What batteries are others using with these motors.

sstuller 08-13-2013 10:43 AM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
I usually run the motor at #3 on the speed control which draws, if my memory serves me, about 8 amps. This should be good for an hour or two of runtime. Usually dinghy rides are short and I can go for three or four days before I have to recharge the battery. Hopefully the solar panel will eliminate having to recharge with shore power altogether. Thanks.

gamayun 08-13-2013 01:38 PM

Re: Minn Kota Endura C2 30 $99
 
I bought a 46 lb Minn Kota for $89 at the local marine consignment shop. Another handful or so were on Craigs List. There are many great reviews about these motors, which should work well with what you're intending. I haven't decided on a battery set up yet (leaning to the small AGM at West Marine), so the responses to this post are helpful for me, as well.


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