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Old 10-09-2016   #1
 
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Trolling motor rating?

I did some trading on Craigslist recently and ended up with a trolling motor. It is rated at 30 pounds of thrust. Would this push my 15' raft around on little lakes?

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I have never seen one on a raft but I do have a friend that uses one on a 10' Jon boat. It is really slow but does move the boat. On its fastest setting it could not keep up with any of the kayaks we had on the trip.
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I put a 40lb thrust on my 12 foot one time at a local lake. It wasn't fast but it scooted.




At the end of the day though, those batteries are a pain in the ass. I'd rather have a 2.5hp.
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Seems like it might not be worth the expense of buying a battery. I wasn't looking for a motor just ended up with one. I'll probably Craigslist it.

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I got about 1 1/2 mph out of my 28# thrust cheapie electric motor. Get a much more powerful motor (i.e. 45# thrust) and you may get 1 3/4 to 2 mph. I was very happy with mine as a strong oarsman can only get about 1 mph for any reasonable length of time.
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Uh yeah, no. Unless there's a strong headwind, I can row 2-3 miles per hour for a long time.

I've seen two single cats with an electric motor pass me in the winds on the row out. They were long gone when I got to the take out. Seemed like it worked fine for single boats.


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Capt Ish:

Perhaps you need to replace your tempo drummer and put a different person on the cat o' nine tails supervising your rower!
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Maybe but probably not. Wind will be your enemy. CDA, Haydon, and Fernan will be a fight to the death. You will end up on the other side of the lake if wind is not in your favor. Newman aint so bad. Hauser can be a killer and spirit and twin could suck too. Your big old 15' round soft rubber boat just wont be efficient. Stay out of the wind. There is more wind up there on those lakes that one would think. Just a thought.

I do a lot of fishing up there.
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I was in a 13 ft alluminum fishing boat on a lake and we had a 30lb thrust motor and a strong wind came up and that electric trolling motor would barely even move the boat. By the time we got off the lake we had drained the battery. So I would think you would need a stronger thrust motor in case you ever had to fight the wind.
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