View Full Version : 30 horses too much for trolling?

10-30-2005, 08:20 AM
I stopped by a dealer's place yesterday to show my sweetie the CrestLiner mod.-V jon I have been thinking about, and the dealer also gave me an intriguing price on a package including a new CrestLiner 16-foot Canadian with a new 30-horse Johnson four-stroke. Is it fair to assume that that's a bit too much motor for trolling? Sure is a sweet outfit.

10-30-2005, 08:46 AM
I've trolled with my Yam 150 when the kicker was acting up earlier this year. These four strokes seem to idle at a slower speed than a person can walk. I don't know how 30 HP acts on a 16'er but I'll stick my neck out and say, "No problem." AND, if you are getting this from a dealer, he'll put it in the water for you before you buy it and you can test drive it.

10-30-2005, 09:09 AM
I run a 20hp Honda on a 14' Gregor and it trolls down nice.

10-30-2005, 09:40 AM
Bill, I own a 15' Triumph with a 40hp 4 stroke Yamaha and at 1000 rpm acording to the gps I can troll at about 2 knts so you should be fine with a 30 on your rig.

The salmon here sure seemed happy this year with that speed, just couldn't keep the darned things off the hook this season ;D ;D

10-30-2005, 10:17 AM
I have a 40 HP Honda four stroke on my 16' Crestliner. It trolls down to 1.5 MPH. I troll great at 2.0- 2.5 so it's perfect. ;D

10-30-2005, 12:07 PM
Wow, thanks for all the replies. Jan, sorry to hear you were overstocked with salmon -- out of Humboldt Bay?

10-30-2005, 03:00 PM
One last shot at this. I have a 14 1/2 with a 40 Merc. Wanted a smaller mtr. because I do lake trolling only. Dlr. and everyone else said go with the 40. Well, it trolls to fast, so I got a plate (after using buckets, etc.,) and now I go too slow if there is the slightest wind. Don't know what to do now, maybe drill holes in plate. I would try to get dlr. to take you out to lake and find out if you can get dn. to 1.8 to 2.2.

10-30-2005, 05:43 PM
A lot of the springs on trolling plates are a little to stift to troll at a 1.5 mph, I had a 40hp Yamaha and it trolled fine at 2.4 but I wanted slower for the Kok's. So I put on a plate and it would troll as slow as .08-1.8 and anywhere in between. Your 30 will troll fine with a plate but make sure it's a plate rated for the 30hp.

10-31-2005, 09:10 AM
Wow, thanks for all the replies. Jan, sorry to hear you were overstocked with salmon -- out of Humboldt Bay?

Yeah Bill, Most days all you needed to do was run out of the bay and go north about a mile and dump your gear in at 100' some days it honestly didn't take ten minutes to get the two fish limit.

There were literally tons of fish scattered from Trinidad head to well below the Eel river, sure did make for some fun fishing this year.

The only down side this year was the darn weather, lots of wind and some real lumpy water to deal with most of the season.

Too bad it's over.

Split shot...The only thing I could think of that you could try is to change the pitch of your prop, if you set up your rig for top speed then your at idle dead slow speed will be too fast.

10-31-2005, 04:40 PM

You are right on the prop pitch. I had a discussion with the manufacturer (Merc) and they suggested the same thing. You lose speed, but who's racing the fish.

10-31-2005, 04:49 PM
I've got a 30 horse Mercury 4 stroke on my 16ft Tracker Grizzley, and it trolls down pretty well. I do tend to drag a bucket when fishing for sluggish Lake Trout and Kokanee though. You should be just fine. ;)

10-31-2005, 06:47 PM
We have a 14' Western with a 25 Hp 4-stroke Yamaha and it trolls just fine. We can idle it down and troll so slow that the RPMs do not even register on the Tach.

11-01-2005, 11:30 AM
I have a honda 30 and it trolls right around 1.5mph depending on which prop i have on and elevation. Also, boat weight and shape will have an impact on overall speed. My boat only weights about 375lbs and I know the crestliners are a bit heavier so that might slow you down.

11-07-2005, 11:47 PM
Heck, I troll with a 70hp!
I just pop the troll plate down! .9 mph all day long....Up @ 2.8 mph. for those Apex type lures etc.