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Re: using a trolling motor for power

FYI, Minn Kota has rebates until the end of the month. I picked up a 30 lb for the dink for $80 after rebate.
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

i used to push my 18' Aluminum canoe for over 8 hours in a single day with a deep cycle battery/trolling motor combo. (Fishing/trolling) Use it on my 11' dinghy now. Watch the wind though.

I think it's a great idea. Just charge at home.
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

If the wind dies when you are 5 miles from the dock, how will you get back?
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

I had to motor back at least 3-4 miles and it wasn't a problem. Of course, it took over an hour...
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

picked up a 55 lb thrust Minn Kota this weekend. Hope to try it out soon. Will let you know how it works
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Everyone makes great points here on both sides, gas or electric. Personally I went with gas because I go out in LI Sound so it would be a bit much for a trolling motor to get me back should the wind die. That being said, I'm not thoroughly sure I made the right decision... While the guys with electric are going sailing, my POS 1 month old Honda will be in the shop. Third use and it is having fuel issues which I don't want to get into here (I have another thread and don't want to hijack). Point is it some of these gas engines are finicky and need the stars and moon to align for them to run correctly. Seems like much less of an issue with electric.

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Re: using a trolling motor for power

Two cents worth. I use to race a R19 keel in Chicago, I used a 10 foot sweep and oar lock that went into my rudder. It worked well, when there wasn't any wind. Currents weren't a problem. On my Hobie I made a electric motor using a long shaft, a 14/1 rc airplane prop anda black and decker electric screw driver. Kept it in a plastic dry bag. I could get from on end of the lake to the other on a single charge. When I sailed on Lake Superior, I used to sit on the forward end of a hull and use kayak paddle and line that wend to the rudders.

The R19 is still one of my favorite boats. Live on it one summer with tarp over the boom and camp stove. Watched all the people in the morning commuting to work. Now I'm one of the commuters.
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

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Everyone makes great points here on both sides, gas or electric. Personally I went with gas because I go out in LI Sound so it would be a bit much for a trolling motor to get me back should the wind die. That being said, I'm not thoroughly sure I made the right decision... While the guys with electric are going sailing, my POS 1 month old Honda will be in the shop. Third use and it is having fuel issues which I don't want to get into here (I have another thread and don't want to hijack). Point is it some of these gas engines are finicky and need the stars and moon to align for them to run correctly. Seems like much less of an issue with electric.

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That is one of the reasons I went with elec. No worries about an outboard that sees very little use. Elec is much cleaner, quieter, and so easy to use. I'm sure if I ever get caught out in a wind or a long way from the dock I may rethink that position though.
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

Here is a similar discussion:
Minn kota?
I ended up going with an old Sears 5hp I picked up for 75 bucks.
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Re: using a trolling motor for power

I'm sailing a 26 ' swing keel fractional sloop on lake Erie and installed a bracket for an electric trolling motor. I also have an 8hp outboard that always starts on 1 pull. My original intent was to use the 55# thrust electric motor to transit in and out of my marina. I found that I cant wait to get my sails up every time I go out and so I use the faster gas powered motor. Even though I don't use it for getting in and out of the marina that dose not mean I don't use it. I found another use for it. When the wind is light and I would usually drop the sails and either sit or motor I plop in the electric motor. Its not fast by anyone's standards but it takes a 1 knot cruse and escalates it to a 3 knot cruse. It extends my sailing time while making no noise like that stinky 2 cycle. I also like the fact that if my motor wont start I have a back up if the wind dies. It might take a while but I will get there. I figure I can get about 7 miles on one battery moving at approximately 2 knots(it will push faster but will also burn much more power reducing the range by about 1/3). The dedicated marine battery gets recharged by a solar panel when its not charging my main electrical system for the boat and that battery can also be used as extra power for the electric motor in a real pinch. With all that being said I wouldn't even bother dropping it in the water if the wind is over 15mph. It just isn't strong enough to push my boat through a strong wind or rough water. Good piece of mind purchase but spends more time stowed away than I had imagined when I was making the purchase.
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