What Size Trolling Motor Do I Need

What Size Trolling Motor Do I Need
What Size Trolling Motor Do I Need

So you want to buy a trolling motor? That’s great.

But how do you know what trolling motor is suitable for your boat?

And what size of trolling motor do you need? 

Trolling motors differ in size and style. And to determine what size of trolling motor to buy, there are factors you need to take into consideration.

But first, you need to figure out what type of trolling motor is suitable for your boat before you get to the size.

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How to Wire a 24-volt Trolling Motor

How to Wire a 24-volt Trolling Motor
How to Wire a 24-volt Trolling Motor

A 24v trolling motor uses two deep cycle batteries and this is because they last longer.

When maintained properly, they can last over 5 years.

If they are not properly maintained, the battery life shortens.

In fact, failing to recharge your batteries after use can reduce their lifespan.

Deep cycle batteries are not cheap. So proper care isn’t only going to extend the life of your batteries, but you also won’t need to keep digging into your pocket to buy new batteries.

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What is a Trolling Motor

What is a Trolling Motor
What is a Trolling Motor

Trolling has long being a hobby for people who love to go fishing.

It’s a simple fishing technique that uses a fishing line that has bait fish or a lure, which is dragged through the water.

It should not be confused with trawling, which is a fishing technique that uses nets instead of fishing rods.

And it is typically used for commercial fishing while trolling is usually used for recreational fishing.

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Bow Mount vs Transom Mount

Bow Mount vs Transom Mount
Bow Mount vs Transom Mount

If you are an avid or a newbie fisherman, using a trolling motor to run your boat can make fishing a lot easier.

But knowing what type of trolling mount is suitable for your boat is important.

If you are deciding between a bow mount and transom mount, you have to take into account the size of your boat, weight, and even the way it’s designed.

For the reason that both mounts are designed for specific types of boats.

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12v vs 24v Trolling Motor

12v vs 24v Trolling Motor
12v vs 24v Trolling Motor

Deciding on whether to buy a 12v or a 24v trolling motor depends on how much power or thrust your boat needs.

And a general rule when choosing a trolling motor for your boat is to have 2lbs of thrust for every 100lbs.

Typically, trolling motors are measured or rated using what is referred to as pounds of thrust.

So if you have a boat that weighs 3500 pounds that is fully loaded, to know how much thrust you need, you simply divide 3500 by 100 and then multiply the result by 2.

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