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Old 01-09-2014, 15:10   #1
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Trolling motor for tender

Looking into the most efficient means to propel my 9'6" inflatable while keeping the weight and set-up as easy as possible when under pitching/rolling conditions. Considering using a trolling motor. Anyone using this system? Pros and/or concerns?

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A 2hp honda is easier to carry than a battery. Just something to think about.

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Old 01-09-2014, 15:50   #3
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Re: Trolling motor for tender

Very good idea on the trolling motor... we've done it in the past and going a little further this time by putting the battery inside a plastic tool box and installing a plug in the side of the box.. also adding a foldable solar panel to the mix for charging the battery..
Many times while at anchor, reaching the nearest marina or dock is less than 1/4 mile and easy to do with a trolling motor.. We've used a 30 lb thrust befor but are buying a 55 lb thrust for future use..
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A 2hp honda is easier to carry than a battery. Just something to think about.

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A 32lb 3ft long outboard motor easier to carry than a small little box with a handle????

My 40ah 12volt lithium battery weight 13lbs.
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Re: Trolling motor for tender

My friend uses an electric trolling motor and size 24 battery on his 8 foot west marine pvc inflatable. It works fine for getting out to his boat a few hundred yards off the dock. But for long distance he uses an old 3hp yammie.


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Re: Trolling motor for tender

Used a trolling motor for a number of years. Worked ok with the inflatable, but worked even better with our lighter portobote. The main downside of the electric is range. Just can't go very far (unless you want to go very slow). Now have a 3.5 hp outboard, and think it is a better fit for cruising.


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A 32lb 3ft long outboard motor easier to carry than a small little box with a handle????

My 40ah 12volt lithium battery weight 13lbs.
Interested in specifics. I have used a flooded battery with my trolling motor on a small pontoon boat in fresh water and am happy with it. But I charge the battery up at night on the 120 in my house and lug it to the springs/river the next day.

Also wonder about the 40AH, do they make bigger capacity lithium batteries.
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You don't have to find a way to charge it either
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You don't have to find a way to charge it either
I would hope you have already found a way to charge batteries,
or do people have boats where they run a generator all the time?
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Re: Trolling motor for tender

I've only seen a couple in use this season. Very slow and almost useless in a chop. Add some current and you're moving at a snails pace. Better than rowing all the time but not practical for most people. Don't bother with the renewable resource comments fella's. This is my honest observation and personal feelings.
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This is more efficient:

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