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Old 07-19-2017   #1
 
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Electric vs Gas Motor

Has anyone used and electric trolling motor instead of a gas motor for those long sections of flat water like on West Water, Desolation, or Lower Salmon? Can you get enough power to push 1 or 2 boats?

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Has anyone used and electric trolling motor instead of a gas motor for those long sections of flat water like on West Water, Desolation, or Lower Salmon? Can you get enough power to push 1 or 2 boats?
Not Likely. I would stick with gas. Unless maybe Tesla makes this electric trolling motor you speak of.
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I used a small 30# thrust electric motor on Westwater to push along a flotilla of 3 rafts and was amazed at how well it did! I got almost 1 MPH above the speed of the current which is about as fast as you can row if you are really pushing it. I was also impressed by how well the battery lasted. I'd probably want 2 batteries to do Cataract, and use just 1/2 to 3/4 of the power setting. Using full power nets you very little in speed and uses a lot more juice.
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As for the lower salmon, you can not back enough battery power. Each battery will weight 50 lbs and the motor will 30lbs. You need at least a 40+ pound electric motor in the wind and that will drain your battery. Top speed of all electric motors is about 5 mph. Check minn kota. My 6hp outboard weights 61 lbs and pushes way harder and consumes less that 2 gallons of gas.
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How about those propellers you chuck up in a battery powered drill. They sell them on ebay. Dewalt battery's last a long time and aren't real heavy.
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Try this



in fact that deserves it's own thread
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Thanks for the info. I'd like to try the electric motor sometime in the future. I think it would be nice to cut down on the noise from the a gas motor. But it is hard to meet the power requirements without hauling a whole lot of batteries.
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I've seen several single boat electric motor cats and rafts pushing through the flat water and wind below last chance rapid on westwater. They worked great from what I noticed.


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Check out the Torqueedo electric outboards. They cost a lot, but they haul. Check out MotorGuide electric outboards. Get something with a transom mount ... the other lash-ups are for permanent installations on bows of hard-shell boats. Like bass boats. Ebay has both, but they have their own expensive learning curve. Good luck!
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I've seen the electric motors work great!push 5 boats But we go there to ROW!! And in joy being there! If you can't row your boat then don't go!!
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