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Hey y'all!

I'm sealing the deal on a 13-ft. CFJ next Tuesday (first boat! ). I'll be sailing on the James River, which is tidally influenced and has a very weak current, but strong enough to make it a miserable chore to paddle back to the marina. I'm look to buy a very, very small battery-powered trolling motor, maybe 1 hp, definitely 100% waterproof (also planning on capsizing a good deal), inexpensive, and lightweight. I've looked around online but can't really seem to find anything that fits my budget or my criteria... any ideas?
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Re: Battery-powered Trolling motor

How could the motor be 100% waterproof?
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Re: Battery-powered Trolling motor

Maybe not 100% waterproof, but it needs to not be messed up if it becomes submerged.
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Maybe not 100% waterproof, but it needs to not be messed up if it becomes submerged.
All the trolling motors I have seen have the motor underwater with the "controls" up top. I don't think the controls would be happy under water, especially if there is any salt in it.

Maybe a good set of oars?

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Re: Battery-powered Trolling motor

Most of your saltwater digital trollers have potted electronics in the head, so theoretically waterproof. Probably a few switches wouldn't like being submerged, tho they would dry out eventually. You'd also need an AGM or gel battery if it's going to be upside down, and it would need to be secured well. *shrug* It is doable, tho the effect on a small dinghy of a 16lb troller plus 40lb battery is not trivial. My general feeling is don't put any sort of motor on a boat you plan to roll.

There's the Electric Paddle, which seems ideal until you see the price tag.

FWIW, a 45# thrust trolling motor -- a medium sized unit -- equals about a 3/4hp gas engine in real world terms. That's what we have on our SJ21. A 30# troller would move your dinghy just fine, but I'd advise a used one if you expect to dunk it.
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Re: Battery-powered Trolling motor

Thanks, all! I'll probably end up using one of our numerous canoe paddles, and just stow it somewhere out of the way. It wouldn't cost anything, anyways....
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