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Posted: 10/1/2014 10:09:23 PM EST
It's 15' long and 42" wide on the bottom. Academy has a 30lb thrust for $100 and a 40lb thrust for $200.
Is the extra 10 worth double the price?
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:10:17 PM EST
Come to GD

Ask about Trolling.

Opposite day.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:12:55 PM EST
Big enough to do this.



Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:13:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2014 10:14:07 PM EST by nightdh]
30 should be fine but 40 just because. A 55 throws around my 16.5 deep V pretty well.

Is the boat powered with anything else?
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:14:32 PM EST
Get both.
I had 35's fore and aft on mine.
Redundancy means more fishing and greater capability when Murphy strikes.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:15:35 PM EST
I have a 32# motor on my 14/48 Jon. It usually pushes it just fine even with a 20hp engine/ gear/ three people in the boat. When it doesn't do the job is in heavy wind or strong current....I'm not sure another ~10#s would help a whole lot.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:17:11 PM EST
More likely it's a combination of a longer shaft and the additional thrust causing it to be 100 more. I would go for the higher thrust. It will help when you have more weight in the boat. I've never encountered a situation using a trolling motor where I thought "gee, I wish I had less power."
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:21:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By nightdh:
30 should be fine but 40 just because. A 55 throws around my 16.5 deep V pretty well.

Is the boat powered with anything else?
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It has a 15 hp evinrude. The lakes that are closest to me are no wake/trolling speed only.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:24:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:24:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By yeaboxes:

It has a 15 hp evinrude. The lakes that are closest to me are no wake/trolling speed only.
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Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Originally Posted By nightdh:
30 should be fine but 40 just because. A 55 throws around my 16.5 deep V pretty well.

Is the boat powered with anything else?

It has a 15 hp evinrude. The lakes that are closest to me are no wake/trolling speed only.

I'd stick with the 30 then unless like suggested above you need a longer shaft and the 40 has one. If it was your only propulsion I'd definitely suggest the 40. Those lakes aren't electric only are they?
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:27:14 PM EST
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Originally Posted By nightdh:

I'd stick with the 30 then unless like suggested above you need a longer shaft and the 40 has one. If it was your only propulsion I'd definitely suggest the 40. Those lakes aren't electric only are they?
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Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Originally Posted By nightdh:
30 should be fine but 40 just because. A 55 throws around my 16.5 deep V pretty well.

Is the boat powered with anything else?

It has a 15 hp evinrude. The lakes that are closest to me are no wake/trolling speed only.

I'd stick with the 30 then unless like suggested above you need a longer shaft and the 40 has one. If it was your only propulsion I'd definitely suggest the 40. Those lakes aren't electric only are they?

Not electric only. It just seems kinda silly to crank up to go a few hundred yards.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:27:50 PM EST
I have a 40lb on the front of my 1444 jon. It pulls my boat around very well. I fish a pretty big river ever spring with heavy currents and it gets me were I need to go.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:29:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By wally910:
More likely it's a combination of a longer shaft and the additional thrust causing it to be 100 more. I would go for the higher thrust. It will help when you have more weight in the boat. I've never encountered a situation using a trolling motor where I thought "gee, I wish I had less power."
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This.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:32:25 PM EST
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Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Not electric only. It just seems kinda silly to crank up to go a few hundred yards.
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30 with one deep cycle should do the job. If you always or occasionally have a copilot then get the 40 and one battery should still cover you.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:36:33 PM EST
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30 with one deep cycle should do the job.
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Originally Posted By yeaboxes:
Not electric only. It just seems kinda silly to crank up to go a few hundred yards.

30 with one deep cycle should do the job.

Maybe but go for the 40.
I have one on a 13' Valco, yanks that thing around all day off of one quality deep cycle. If you get the 30, I guarantee you, you will regret it when its windy.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:46:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/1/2014 10:50:48 PM EST by 13starsinax]
55lb in the wind it makes a very big difference. I also think this is the biggest 12v option. Weight is about the same as a 45lb thrust. Do not get a motor guide: mho, minn kota has been the longer lasting motor.

Edit: well I re read your OP, if 40 is your bigger option go with it, but by the time you cram you, gear, cooler, partner?, into the boat you'll wish for a 55lb. I had a 24v 70lb thrust on a jon boat before for trolling lakes only, it was wicked. the last transom mount I had was a great white and it was a piece of shit.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:46:56 PM EST
MK 45 will pull my 1542 Tracker 3 mph. A 55lb with variable speed is what you are looking for.
Link Posted: 10/1/2014 10:47:48 PM EST
150hp, EVERYTHING ELSE IS DILDOS.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 11:20:01 AM EST
Bump for the day crew. I'm thinking 40 lb is the way to go.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 11:28:19 AM EST
I had 2 30# motors on my 16', one fore and aft. Helps a lot with tracking on flat bottom boats if you are in the wind or cross current.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 11:31:02 AM EST
55lb FTW!!!!
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 11:45:49 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2014 11:46:26 AM EST by mousehunter]
wrong thread
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 11:55:29 AM EST
Trolling motors are usually run out of prop pitch before they run out of thrust.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:01:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2014 12:03:56 PM EST by LVMIKE]
My 16' aluminum V doesn't move too well into the wind with a 35. A 55 is probably going to do the trick though.

I'd go 40 and bow mount for sure in your case. My deep v barely tracks stern mounted so I'd imagine a flat Jon spinning around in the wind too easy.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:09:37 PM EST
I have a 32# on my 15-6" Jon. When it dies it will be replaced with a 50# but for your price get the 40.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:09:58 PM EST
I run a 55. If there is current or any wind youll be able to still go. My 12 ft jon boat does 4.2mph at full power. I paid $200 for it 3 years ago.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:11:17 PM EST
At least a 40 with a robust group 31 deep cycle marine battery.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:14:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/2/2014 12:15:13 PM EST by jeep450]
At least a 40
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:27:59 PM EST
Always get the maximum power that the boat will bear and that you can possibly afford.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:37:22 PM EST
I have a 40 lb Minn Kota that moves my 10 ft Harbercraft around pretty well.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 12:41:54 PM EST
12' Sears with 45# Minkota. Moves 2 adults and 2 kids pretty well.
Got from Sportsmans Guide (Reconditioned).
Looks new IMO.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 5:45:23 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Slug-O:
55lb FTW!!!!
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Link Posted: 10/2/2014 5:54:37 PM EST
Do you even thrust bro? 101 lb or go home.



Link Posted: 10/2/2014 5:57:04 PM EST
"Man, I wish that my trolling motor was less powerful".


..said no fisherman ever...
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 6:08:32 PM EST
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"Man, I wish that my trolling motor was less powerful".


..said no fisherman ever...
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QFT
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 6:21:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Bud:
"Man, I wish that my trolling motor was less powerful".


..said no fisherman ever...
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Link Posted: 10/2/2014 6:23:32 PM EST
I have a 45 on my 17' aluminum bass boat. Works fine on the small lakes where I cannot use the outboard.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 6:26:50 PM EST
You want it to be fast enough to outrun a water moccasin.
Link Posted: 10/2/2014 6:32:52 PM EST
How fast do you need to go? Do you fight a current or heavy winds?
A lazy day fishing and a 30 will get you out there and back quite efficiently. Hitting the dock in a current, racing back before a storm hits or pushing into 30mph head wind is easier with a bigger motor.
I have used a 30lb trolling motor to ease a 26" sailboat into a dock. Of course I sailed until i was maybe 100 feet or so out but I did use it to dock a few times quite successfully.
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