Originally Posted by CptJ-GS50
I also found the Newport in my search. Was reading about it also. Noticed that they didn't have models specific to fresh or salt water. I will be using mine in both up and down the Pacific coast and the Rivers of the northwest to start with. Can I ask how much did you shorten the shaft? Any special reason you needed a shorter shaft? I will be using it on a rather small dingy and the short shafts are what I want.
Hi CpnJ. Their models are for both salt or fresh...
Edwin shortened mine by eight inches. I wanted the prop blades in the water and as shallow a draft
as possible. I have a little old hard dink circa 1972. Like the Minn-Kota the bottom of the prop is protected. That means you can run aground without damaging a good prop.
Definition of a bad prop: okay, when I am home I lift
up the motor so the propeller
is our of the water. I also tilt or twist so salt water does not pool on the prop nut. However eliminating the barnacle issue means that the prop is baking in the Florida
sun. After three years or so the blade becomes brittle.
I do not consider this a flaw! Any plastic sitting in the sun baking will have problems eventually. To that regard I keep a spare prop in my ship's stores.
The shaft itself is a thick walled fiberglass
. It cut with a hacksaw. The walls are 1/4" -- I just measured it.
Oh, and I am not affiliated with Newport though if you buy via my website's Amazon link I will receive something towards the cruising kitty at the end of the month. I would like that incidentally.
Thanks to a previous poster in this thread for mention of the lithium PowerMax in his YouTube video. I received something similar today as an early birthday present. It's pretty amazing though thus far I only used it for testing an anchor
light rewire I was doing. Someone threw away a Hella anchor
light. I fixed it.
Anyway all the best to you on your search. Personally I would opt for an essentially disposable solution aka Newport or MK long before spending the money
on the Torqueedo. The lithium batt called a Mighty Jump Starter in the Walmart automotive section is light (12.5 ounces) and is 33300 mWh. That translates to 40 amp hours presuming I got the math correct.
A pair of those and you or more accurately I am all set. I have a group 24 in Algae (my dinghy) but wish I had known about the lithium's price
drop. It is substantially less than the last time I had checked. Anyway it's your decision. Good luck to you.