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Electric trolling motors

Discussion in 'Boat Owning, Equipment and Maintenance' started by Predator1995, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Predator1995

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    What's everyone think about electric motors?
     
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  3. Salar

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    Electric outboards or trolling motors? They are different things.
     
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    What is the difference?
     
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    Minn Kota are extremely popular over this side of the pond for both inshore and rivers as well as offshore. Having them linked to gps means you can sit directly over structure without needing to mess with anchoring, or worrying the boat has swung off the the mark at anchor.

    A hand held remote means you can steer from anywhere in the boat or even pre- plot a route.

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    Electric outboards - designed to power the boat e.g. http://www.torqeedo.com/en/products/outboards

    Trolling motors - designed to move/hold the boat at slow speeds for fishing as detailed by JonD above: e.g. http://www.minnkotamotors.com

    Whether they would be of use depends what you want to use them for - the OP asked about a trolling motor so presumably he's talking of the Minn Kota type to use for trolling - I've never used one but clearly their ability to move a boat is limited so I would guess they will only do the intended job in calm waters away from any significant currents - perhaps Jon can elaborate a little more.

    For use as an auxiliary or to power a small boat you would need something like the smaller Torqeedos and by the time you've bought the engine plus the batteries then take into account the limited range, they don't really stack up against a small petrol outboard. Bit of a shame really as the compact size would mean they would make an ideal aux were it not for cost and range.
     
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    Great on trout boats on reservoirs,that's my only experience of them.
     
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