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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:35 AM 07/17/08 (CST)
I'm looking at getting a transom mount trolling motor for my 11' jon boat. I'm wondering what folks here think about variable speed motors vs. the standard 5FWD/3RVS.

Variable speed is more expensive. Significantly more. The Minn Kota Maxumm is their cheapest CV motor and the 55lb is close to $400. A 40lb Endura is half that. Since this will be all the motor I'm putting on this boat, battery time is a concern. Do the variable speed motors really get 5x the run time?

I also expect to use the motor to get from one side of the lake to the other, not so much to troll. If it wasn't being used continuously, would the variable speed still manage power as well?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:25 PM 07/17/08 (CST)
i have a friend that is selling a minn kota 3030 its two years old comes with everything it has close to no miles on it great condition 120 volt 30 lbs of thrust for 120



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 02:15 PM 07/17/08 (CST)
The Enduras have pretty darned good power management. I have the basic 30lb one on the back of my 12' boat. As long as I stay off the top speed, it seems to run forever on a size 24 deep cycle battery. Normally I run it on #3.

They're cheaper, too, and pretty indestructible. For a transom mount, they're a good deal. If I was going to use it as my only motor, though, I believe I'd have a second battery in the boat, fully charged, to switch to. When the first goes dead, it's time to head back to the dock.

But, then, I also carry a pair of oars in my little boat. If all else fails, I'll still get back to the ramp. smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:34 AM 07/23/08 (CST)
Man, I know, the Enduras are so much cheaper! I could get a big 55 with a battery right now. I'm tempted. But, having never used one before (other than on a couple rentals) I'm nervous about the power consumption. I'm not worried about being stuck out on the lake, I have oars and I'm not afraid to use them. I just want to get the best bang for my trolling motor buck, if you know what I mean.




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:26 PM 07/23/08 (CST)
Endura for sure in your application!

Or a good used deal like stated above would be my 2nd choice.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:09 PM 07/24/08 (CST)
Well, this is a surprise. A good one though. It sounds like the Endura's don't use up power to fast then?
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 04:23 PM 07/24/08 (CST)
How will you be using your trolling motor? If you need to make long runs with it or a lot of weight ( more than just you in the boat ). you may need a 24 volt vrs a 12 volt. Either way get a top of the line charger.
Don't forget about the battery. I replace my batteries at least every other year just to be on the safe side. I don't want to run out of juice with 3 hours to go in a tournament and needing 1 more bass.

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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:02 PM 07/24/08 (CST)
Well, this is a surprise. A good one though. It sounds like the Endura's don't use up power to fast then?
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It all depends. At the maximum speed, they use plenty of power, but all the trolling motors do if you run them at max. There's an interesting little chart on the motor itself, showing comparative times at different speeds. The best compromise, for me, is #3. The boat still moves along, albeit at trolling speed, but I've never run the battery down.

These days, though, with the reliable Johnson 6hp, I find myself using the electric a lot less. It's so easy to give the rope half a pull and idle along to the next spot. If it's windy, I just drop anchor and fish around my position, then crank the anchor up and move on from time to time.

On an 11 ft. jon boat, I think I'd be looking for an Evinrude or Johnson 3hp from the 1950s or early 60s. Under $300 for a nice-running one, and you'll never have to worry about batteries again. Then, if you really want an electric, get an Endura 30lb for about $100 and hang it off the back, too.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:06 AM 07/25/08 (CST)
Interesting. Thanks fellas. I think I'm just going to wait a bit on this motor thing. I plan to repaint and add some flooring this summer anyhow. I'm not in a rush.

I would mostly be using this motor to get from one side of the lake to the other or one cove to the next; not so much for trolling. However, that's what I expect now. Maybe that would change once I learn how to use one better. But I envision using it more like an outboard than a "trolling" motor.

I'm a weekend warrior too; no tourneys. An o/b would be fun, but it's heavy, needs gas and it's heavy. This is a small boat and i'd like it to be comfortable, and safe, for 2 anglers, should I need it to. Plus, a lot of the smaller metro lakes are elec. only.
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