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Post by everitt.1980 » Fri May 22 2020 12:36

Hi guys,
Just picking people's brains for advice. Would a 45lb minn Kota be adequate power wise to manoeuvre trout water boats around from spot to spot quietly and also for doing some slow trolling?
It's not to be used instead of a petrol outboard for motoring long distances just for relocating the boat quietly when in an area as as I say trolling lures at slow speeds.
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Post by Carlperkins » Fri May 22 2020 12:44

yes,
but have a search in the boating section
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Post by sebshelton » Fri May 22 2020 13:07

Yes. Personally I’d go for one with variable speed, rather than set gears.

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Post by keeponchucking » Fri May 22 2020 19:14

Yes it can be used. I have used a 45lb minn kota on a 17ft lake boat. Mainly just to get back to the start of a drift and move about in shallow bays.

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Post by andypee » Fri May 22 2020 19:46

They are very good motors, I had the 55lb thrust & it managed to get me out of a sticky situation on a tidal river after my outboard went bang! It pushed my 20ft boat back to its mooring & at the time I thought it was struggling quite abit, I got back to the mooring and realised I'd not lifted the main outboard from the water in mist of the panic, so even the outboard steering against the Minn kota didn't stop it doing the job :thumbs:

Lesson learnt that day :laughs:

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Post by Will Smith » Fri May 22 2020 19:58

A 55lb thrust motor would be a better choice if you can justify the price difference, the 45lb will be adequate on most occasions but if there is a blow on you would be wishing you had gone for the 55lb, as has already been said a variable speed option with maximiser will help the battery last longer :thumbs:.

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Post by everitt.1980 » Fri May 22 2020 22:30

Cheers everyone, appreciate the advice. 👍

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Post by lakefisher » Fri May 22 2020 23:40

As mentioned above by Will Smith, your better option, if funds allow, would be the 55lb thrust with variable speed and maximiser. Still got mine, and after many years of use is still going strong - only repair needed was to the slightly corroded battery connections - easily sorted by putting new "improved" ones on the ends of the cable.
If on the day you forgot the spare outboard fuel - and there's a strong wind in the wrong direction - you will be glad you went for 55lbs - Do remember to lift the outboard tho :thumbs:

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Post by steve a pac » Sat May 23 2020 16:04

You won’t go wrong with a Minn Kota Traxxis 55
Variable speed a must for longer battery life.

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Post by Jason Skilton » Sat May 23 2020 16:11

Will Smith wrote:
A 55lb thrust motor would be a better choice if you can justify the price difference, the 45lb will be adequate on most occasions but if there is a blow on you would be wishing you had gone for the 55lb, as has already been said a variable speed option with maximiser will help the battery last longer :thumbs:.

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55lb is ok of a reservoir as long as the wind speed is not greater than 25mph.
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Post by Will Smith » Sat May 23 2020 16:38

Jason Skilton wrote:
Will Smith wrote:
A 55lb thrust motor would be a better choice if you can justify the price difference, the 45lb will be adequate on most occasions but if there is a blow on you would be wishing you had gone for the 55lb, as has already been said a variable speed option with maximiser will help the battery last longer :thumbs:.

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55lb is ok of a reservoir as long as the wind speed is not greater than 25mph.
Not sure if you should even be out on the water if the wind is forecast to be that speed Jason, I would not go out.

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Post by everitt.1980 » Sat May 23 2020 19:14

steve a pac wrote:
You won’t go wrong with a Minn Kota Traxxis 55
Variable speed a must for longer battery life.
The traxxis is the one I was looking at. I was going for the endura max at first but I like the look of how the bracket works on the traxxis.

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Post by mike thomson » Sat May 23 2020 19:51

what battery would you go with for the 55lb traxxis ?

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Post by grimreeper » Sat May 23 2020 20:07

You need a deep cycle battery that can be recharged over
I use a Banner 120aH leisure battery - Would advise getting a good charger too like an Absaar brand

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Post by Will Smith » Sat May 23 2020 20:13

mike thomson wrote:
what battery would you go with for the 55lb traxxis ?
Have a read of Duncan's post at the start of the Boat Fishing Forum for some good advice on batteries.

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Post by Carlperkins » Sat May 23 2020 20:31

I have an 85amph optima yellowtop that lasts longer than any 110 amph I have ever owned
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Post by bencarvosso » Sun May 24 2020 13:40

I recently purchased a shakespeare 54lb for an inflatable for some rudd fishing. Just looking into batteries. Would i go for one mentioned above ?
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Post by grimreeper » Sun May 24 2020 17:08

If you know someone who has a trade card for Halfords u can get a good chunk off the price
They also offer 2-3 year guarantee on batteries so keep your receipt and change it every 2 yrs- battery for life :thumbs:

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Post by everitt.1980 » Sun May 24 2020 18:41

The warranty won't work that way. If it was 3 year warranty it wouldn't matter if the original battery lasted 3 years or they gave you 2 new ones under warranty. The full warranty period would still be 3 years regardless how many times the battery was replaced.

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Post by grimreeper » Sun May 24 2020 19:44

everitt.1980 wrote:
The warranty won't work that way. If it was 3 year warranty it wouldn't matter if the original battery lasted 3 years or they gave you 2 new ones under warranty. The full warranty period would still be 3 years regardless how many times the battery was replaced.
Ah maybe I was misinformed, I recently got a non Halfords branded battery for a 4x4 from them, I used a friends trade card and got €30 off. My pal suggested I keep changing it before the guarantee lapsed

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Post by everitt.1980 » Sun May 24 2020 20:40

That's a really good saving. 👍

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