: Trolling motor choices


Jugger52
09-13-2008, 09:25 AM
Have a Lund Alaskan 1800 with 90HP. Total package weight is approx. 1900lbs. I'm trying to decide if I want to go with a 12 volt 55lb thrust or spend the added $ for a 70lb 24 volt 2 battery set up. Don't want to spend the extra $ on a 70 if I don't need to. Won't be on big water much just reserviors in Kansas. Looking for suggestions to help with my decision. Thanks

Ray Champine
09-13-2008, 09:34 AM
Mike,

I have a 17 1/2' deep vee with a 90 on it as well. I have a 55lb MinnKota All-Terrain motor on the bow. It does the job, but very often I have the speed cranked up to 4 or 5 (it's a 5 speed motor) just to control the boat. When I replace the motor it will be with a 24v, 70 to 80 lb model with infinite speed control. That would make life alot easier, especially when vertical jigging.

Ray

big_crappie
09-13-2008, 10:02 AM
Spend the money on the 24 volt system. You will not be happy with the 12 volt, the Alaskan will get blown around in the wind too much for the little motor. You will also have a longer run time between charges.

REG
09-13-2008, 10:32 AM
Go 24 and you'll never regret your decision. I'll bet the wind blows in Kansas and the extra thrust will really help fish those points when the wind is blowing in.

When I had a 12v, I would also pop fuses/circuit breakers from time to time - no big deal, but after the 24v - plenty of power and I've never tripped the breaker yet.

yarcraft91
09-13-2008, 10:51 AM
I have a 55 lb 12V MinnKota on a 16.5' Alumacraft, 75" beam with a 50 horse, rig weighs 1200 lbs. It works OK, but I wouldn't want any less power. Your rig will need a TM with more push- go 24V.

Dacotah Eye
09-13-2008, 06:10 PM
I went from the 55 lb 12v TM to a 70 lb 24v and I wouldn't want to go back to the way it was. We get a lot of wind here and the 70 lb will handle it much better.

San Chan
09-13-2008, 06:58 PM
Have a Lund Alaskan 1800 with 90HP. Total package weight is approx. 1900lbs. I'm trying to decide if I want to go with a 12 volt 55lb thrust or spend the added $ for a 70lb 24 volt 2 battery set up. Don't want to spend the extra $ on a 70 if I don't need to. Won't be on big water much just reserviors in Kansas. Looking for suggestions to help with my decision. Thanks


If going with the 24V, why not getting 80lbs since its not a lot more. Carrying 2 batteries anyways, why not Max it out? If its 12V, I will stick with 55lbs since its the highest lbs trust. Running a 80Maxxum on my 1600SS Explorer......love it.


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chuck386
09-13-2008, 07:07 PM
I had a 12v on my SeaNymph GLS175 W/90 horse Johnson but used two batteries hooked in parrallel and never ran out of battery power. But in high winds I wished I would have had more thrust. Go with the 24 volt and you will never regret it.

brentfrank
09-13-2008, 08:27 PM
Looks like 24v. I too have 18ft Alaskan and dealer thought I was nuts for putting 80lb thrust on front. Boy am I glad I did. I fish Missouri River resovior system and can fish all day. When its calm have enough juice to pull plugs. When its real calm motor will pull me 3+ mph