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Re: using a trolling motor for power
Have you considered how you will power the troller? Will you keep a battery and charger aboard? If so, where will you stow them? How will you power the charger? If you're not keeping them aboard, lugging a battery, especially one that can get you "there and back again" isn't always fun, depending on your age. So, while a small, used 2-3HP outboard may seem like it's more expensive, a) it may not be ore expensive, b) it may weigh less, and c) it may be more convenient than an electric.
Don't get me wrong, electrics have their place. My local lake won't allow a gas engine, so it's either paddles or an electric motor for me. But when I look at what I'd need to really make the motor happen, especially if I were leaving the boat at the lake, I think I'd be more inclined to want a gas engine.
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