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I am going to put a trolling motor on my 2016 Carolina Skiff JVX.

I've been backwards and forwards between the 12v 55 pound thrust and the 24v 70 pound thrust. The biggest determination for me comes down to where to put the batteries. I do not want to put batteries in center console as the console is small and we use that storage for a bunch of needed go to stuff.

Which leaves the forward hatch. Anyone here have dual batteries in there? I'm a little concerned that it'll add too much weight up front.

I've decided that 24v will be better long term, just need to figure out where to put the batteries.

Any input will be greatly appreciated.

Andrew


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  • SALT-SHAKERSALT-SHAKER Posts: 52 Deckhand
    I just sold my JV17. I had a 24v set up with batteries in front hatch. The extra weight will not be a problem. it will typically help with weight distribution from bow to stern because typically most of the weight is toward the stern while running. Just be sure to distribute the weight of the batteries evenly port to starboard.
  • Tsa1980Tsa1980 Posts: 52 Deckhand
    I'm in the same boat as you(pun intended). I have a 16' key largo. My issue is with the batteries being in the same compartment with the anchor and line. Please pm me and let me know what you decide
  • csparks2125csparks2125 Posts: 50 Deckhand
    I have 2013 carolina skiff jvx 16 with suzuki 60hp. Have two batteries under front deck weighing 56lbs each battery. Then a great white motorguide 82lb thrust 24v trolling motor. It is more than enough but when I bought boat...the 55lb minn kota 12v struggled in wind and current. Havent had any issues with weight or ride or getting on plane. 4800-5000rpm at 27mph. 35 mph full throttle. Lakes and ponds 12v is plenty. icw i say go 24v. I fish 2-3 times a week out of palm valley. I would be more than happy to let you try the boat around the ramp to see how it is with that set up whenever i am there.

    Cory
  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    Tsa1980 wrote: »
    I'm in the same boat as you(pun intended). I have a 16' key largo. My issue is with the batteries being in the same compartment with the anchor and line. Please pm me and let me know what you decide


    Luckily, the cs is set up so there is plenty of room in the front hatch for batteries and anchor. The front hatch is essentially the whole bow of the boat. I really want to go with the Minn Kota riptide power drive 70lb with iPilot. But to go over 55lb I need 2 batteries 😜 hopefully the anchor will be used very little 😂


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  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    I have 2013 carolina skiff jvx 16 with suzuki 60hp. Have two batteries under front deck weighing 56lbs each battery. Then a great white motorguide 82lb thrust 24v trolling motor. It is more than enough but when I bought boat...the 55lb minn kota 12v struggled in wind and current. Havent had any issues with weight or ride or getting on plane. 4800-5000rpm at 27mph. 35 mph full throttle. Lakes and ponds 12v is plenty. icw i say go 24v. I fish 2-3 times a week out of palm valley. I would be more than happy to let you try the boat around the ramp to see how it is with that set up whenever i am there.

    Cory


    Thank you for that input and the offer to try the boat. I only have a Yamaha F50, so I'm a little apprehensive of the extra weight, but I'm also ok with my slightly lower speed of right around 30 mph WOT. I think I may go with slightly smaller and lighter batteries as those can be changed out easily, but 24v seems the only way to go 👍


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  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,536 Admiral
    Thank you for that input and the offer to try the boat. I only have a Yamaha F50, so I'm a little apprehensive of the extra weight, but I'm also ok with my slightly lower speed of right around 30 mph WOT. I think I may go with slightly smaller and lighter batteries as those can be changed out easily, but 24v seems the only way to go 👍


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    If you want a pair of group 27 deep cycle batteries, for your setup, I have a pair....and can save you a bunch of money.

    I just changed out my 27's for a pair of group 31's.....I checked the 27's out, and they are perfectly fine and less than a year old..

    They ran my Rhodan, but I needed the 31's for what I am asking of it.

    Just sayin.....
  • scouts honorscouts honor Posts: 38 Greenhorn
    The extra weight shouldnt be much of a problem. May even help ya plane out a little faster with the added weight up front. Glad to see you got the wife convinced about the trolling motor.
  • petedoggiedogpetedoggiedog Posts: 206 Deckhand
    i have a cs 198dlx. i run a 24 volt minkota st80/ ipilot motor, with 2 series 31 optimas mounted under the bow. works great, and my anchor has not been used once since i installed the ipilot motor.
  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    i have a cs 198dlx. i run a 24 volt minkota st80/ ipilot motor, with 2 series 31 optimas mounted under the bow. works great, and my anchor has not been used once since i installed the ipilot motor.


    Now that's what I like to hear. I'm getting tired of the anchor 😏 first decision was whether to get a power pole or an iPilot. I think iPilot will do more and be better. I may put a power pole micro on later to save iPilot when "anchoring" in shallow water 👍


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  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    Sea Snake wrote: »
    If you want a pair of group 27 deep cycle batteries, for your setup, I have a pair....and can save you a bunch of money.

    I just changed out my 27's for a pair of group 31's.....I checked the 27's out, and they are perfectly fine and less than a year old..

    They ran my Rhodan, but I needed the 31's for what I am asking of it.

    Just sayin.....


    I may hit you up on those. Give me a week or two to get sorted ...


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  • teachamantofishteachamantofish Posts: 40 Greenhorn
    I had a 55 lb on my 17 DLX, it struggled when the tide was really pushing. I have an 82 lb now and have no issues. The batteries are under the front deck and they don't have any negative effects on the boat.
  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    Sea Snake wrote: »
    If you want a pair of group 27 deep cycle batteries, for your setup, I have a pair....and can save you a bunch of money.

    I just changed out my 27's for a pair of group 31's.....I checked the 27's out, and they are perfectly fine and less than a year old..

    They ran my Rhodan, but I needed the 31's for what I am asking of it.

    Just sayin.....


    Sea Snake, I messaged you, don't know if you got it.

    I've decided on the 70 lb 24v setup, so would be interested in your batteries.


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  • livebaitlivebait Posts: 793 Officer
    Shallow Man, just fished over on the Gulf Coast. Used anchor lock on the Ulterra in 2' foot of water with tide and wind. Held great, the reds didn't spook and we had a blast. Best purchase ever made. I fish a lot with wife of 40 years and her favorite line on boat-I'll get the anchor"
  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    livebait wrote: »
    Shallow Man, just fished over on the Gulf Coast. Used anchor lock on the Ulterra in 2' foot of water with tide and wind. Held great, the reds didn't spook and we had a blast. Best purchase ever made. I fish a lot with wife of 40 years and her favorite line on boat-I'll get the anchor"


    Sweet, can't wait to stop using the anchor.


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  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,536 Admiral
    Yeah I got your message now....ill be fishing today( Sunday ) , and will get back with you later on....

    Steve
  • SpongkingSpongking Posts: 959 Officer
    On my 198dlv I loaded up my console with 2 size 27 batteries. Yes, it took up space but I'd rather that weight be back than forward. I'm a big guy so me + 100lb in batteries up fromeant I'd be nose grinding oyster beds with prop while back of boat was barely drafting few inches. When 3-4 of us fishing it wasn't really an issue but I moved them very quickly to console. I know doc is diff setup and it made even distribution a pain too due to hatch layout being 1 on each side. But I'd rather be *** down, nose up crushing reds don't give a f%#¥. Ha that said, If ur a small guy then my advice is nonsense and you won't have my issue.
    Kev
  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    Spongking wrote: »
    On my 198dlv I loaded up my console with 2 size 27 batteries. Yes, it took up space but I'd rather that weight be back than forward. I'm a big guy so me + 100lb in batteries up fromeant I'd be nose grinding oyster beds with prop while back of boat was barely drafting few inches. When 3-4 of us fishing it wasn't really an issue but I moved them very quickly to console. I know doc is diff setup and it made even distribution a pain too due to hatch layout being 1 on each side. But I'd rather be *** down, nose up crushing reds don't give a f%#¥. Ha that said, If ur a small guy then my advice is nonsense and you won't have my issue.
    Kev


    Haha Kev, your advice is sound. I'm a little too large myself, 6'4" and 260 pounds of muscle 😂 I'll probably start with the batteries in the forward hatch as it's pretty simple, the boat is pre-wired for a trolling motor up there. If I have to, I can move them.

    I wonder if 1 battery in the console and 1 up front is doable. Don't see why not.


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  • Shallow ManShallow Man Posts: 120 Deckhand
    Sea Snake wrote: »
    If you want a pair of group 27 deep cycle batteries, for your setup, I have a pair....and can save you a bunch of money.

    I just changed out my 27's for a pair of group 31's.....I checked the 27's out, and they are perfectly fine and less than a year old..

    They ran my Rhodan, but I needed the 31's for what I am asking of it.

    Just sayin.....


    Sea Snake, I just wanted to say thank you for a good honest deal on those batteries. I had them tested today and they check out 100%. You are definitely a man of your word and a great asset to this forum. Also, that is one sweet Panga!

    Andrew


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  • Sea SnakeSea Snake Posts: 5,536 Admiral
    Thank you sir, for the kind words !!
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