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Trolling Motor replacment 17foot CC

JgebbJgebb Posts: 145 Deckhand
I have a 2003 17" sailfish.  The trolling motor is almost done and starting to think about a replacement.  When it was new the TM seemed to push boat pretty good.  It is a motor guide 12 Volt 55lb.  I would need to add a third battery to go with a 24volt system or just go with another 55lb 12 Volt.  Looking for suggestions or maybe someone else with a similar size boat and what they have done.  


  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,905 Captain
    You really have to think about how much you use a troller - and what you're actually doing with it.  I run an old 17' (almost) Maverick skiff in hard commercial service.  I'm using a 24 volt Minn Kota Terrova with spot lock and a remote control - and couldn't be happier.  Yes, you'll need that third battery and it's a good idea to have a quality on-board charger (mine is PowerMania - but you'll hear lots of contrary views about every part of a trolling setup... doubt that there's any kind of consensus...).  If you're fishing alone you might not want a remote control version - like I said, a lot depends on how  you use it..

    I can run my skiff against a good current to be able to fish under bridges - and if I forget to put it on the charger at the end of a long day... I'll still have enough juice for a second day... The most valuable feature - that spot lock... With it I haven't reached for an anchor once since I installed it  - it's that good in places like rivers where otherwise an anchor at every spot would be required... 

    Hope this helps... "Aren't boats fun?"
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • 1outlaw1outlaw Posts: 1,887 Captain
    What Bob stated is pretty much dead on. 
    Jason :USA
  • james 14james 14 Posts: 3,168 Moderator
    I have a 36v on my 18 footer and I can't imagine having less. Odds are you will not regret getting a 24 volt unless you already have weight issues that would cause the extra weight from another battery to be prohibitive.
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