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Hi, i have a 50lb canoe that i want to put a trolling motor on so i don't have to always paddle. Would you go electric or gas? What could get me around for a day on the lake fishing? What make and model work really well and are reliable? 

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Id just pick up a 50-55# transom electric trolling motor and a group 27 deep cycle marine battery. But first you need to find out if your canoe can support all that weight in the back end. You may have to extend the wires a bit and put the battery in the middle/front. 

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check out your states requirements for electric motors, whether they need to be registered or not, I had to register my canoe for a trolling motor in my state. At first i had a 10 pd thrust (in the 80's) which worked but slow and windy days I still had to paddle. I upgraded to a 28 pd thrust and that was much better, worked fine, but had to be careful as to how far I turned, as to not swamp it.

 I then upgraded to a pontooned 8' bass hunter and never looked back

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15 minutes ago, Kevin22 said:

Id just pick up a 50-55# transom electric trolling motor and a group 27 deep cycle marine battery. But first you need to find out if your canoe can support all that weight in the back end. You may have to extend the wires a bit and put the battery in the middle/front. 

What do you mean by wires?

 

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2 minutes ago, AustinHellickson said:

What do you mean by wires?

 

The wires that connect the electric trolling motor to the battery.

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1 minute ago, Scott F said:

The wires that connect the electric trolling motor to the battery.

Ok Thanks. What trolling motor would you get?

 

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I would go electric. You wouldn't need a very high powered one for a canoe. If you do get something in the 40-50 lb thrust range try to get one with variable speed. (one that doesn't have 5 preset speeds) They cost more, but are worth it as with the preset speeds it seems one speed is too slow and the next one up is too fast. I would suggest one of the Motorguide R3 Digital models. 

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I am running a 17' canoe with a trolling motor. I have the Minnkota Endura 45lb thrust.  It has the 5 preset speeds and works great. When running solo I sit on the opposite end. The back becomes the front. I installed a length of PVC conduit alomg the inside edge to run the battery cables through. Very pleased with the set up. 

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On 6/4/2016 at 0:50 AM, Rob96 said:

I am running a 17' canoe with a trolling motor. I have the Minnkota Endura 45lb thrust.  It has the 5 preset speeds and works great. When running solo I sit on the opposite end. The back becomes the front. I installed a length of PVC conduit alomg the inside edge to run the battery cables through. Very pleased with the set up. 

Did you have to register your canoe?

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