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    Re: electric trolling motor

    Does your aluminum boat have deck space to mount a bow mount? If not then that'll be added expense to have someone fabricate and tig weld a mounting plate.
    However, if you're currently trolling using a tiller on your 4 stroke then a transom electric motor shouldn't present a problem to operate plus it'll be cheaper. MinnKota or Motorguide are both good .
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    Re: electric trolling motor

    Quote Originally Posted by FishinJeeper View Post
    So I was thinking of putting a transom mounted electric trolling motor on my 14ft alumium. I do already have a 18 horse 4 stroke motor, but sometimes that thing sucks, and gets nosie when your around it all day. Anyway, What do you recommend that I get or recommend I stay away from. I do a lot of trout and kokanee fishing, with an occasional trip to get skunked in the delta.
    Whats wrong with the 4 stroke, that should be just right for a 14 ft aluminum ? A bow mount on a 14ft may not be needed. a good transom mount should do it and be alot more convienent.

    Just my 2cents

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    Re: electric trolling motor

    Bow mount MinnKota with Autopilot is the best fishing tool I've ever bought. Doesn't have to be the newest, most features, biggest, but being able to pull from the front vs. push from the back, and set a bearing that it will hold on it's own is like having your own boat captain. Makes trolling in the wind enjoyable. I got a 24 volt, and wish I had my old 12 volt back, only to keep charging, wiring and battery weight simpler. Keep your battery(s) charged and throw 3 spare remote batteries somewhere in the boat, and you'll like it much better.

    My opinion anyhow.

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    Re: electric trolling motor

    I have a 55lb Traxxis transom mount on my tiller that I primarily use while jigging. Works well but I am usually driving the boat transom forward, from spot to spot. I have tried trolling forward and it will work if in open water, no boats are around and there is very little to no wind or waves. Add wind or waves and you lose control since your bow will get turned, regardless of what number or where your handle is pointed. Just not enough power in the little electric engine to combat those forces.

    As others have said, a bow mounted motor will work wonders for you. If wanting to keep the transom access, step up to a 24v or 36v system......only 50-100lbs more of batteries

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    Re: electric trolling motor

    Minn Kota 12v bow mount should work very well. Best mounted on the bow.

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    Re: electric trolling motor

    I had a transom mount minn kota on a previous boat. Didn't work very well in wind. Got a bow mount now and the control is so much better.
    Here they come!

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    electric trolling motor

    So I was thinking of putting a transom mounted electric trolling motor on my 14ft alumium. I do already have a 18 horse 4 stroke motor, but sometimes that thing sucks, and gets nosie when your around it all day. Anyway, What do you recommend that I get or recommend I stay away from. I do a lot of trout and kokanee fishing, with an occasional trip to get skunked in the delta.
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