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I just picked up an aluminum row boat (14ft) with an outboard motor. Looking to add a trolling motor setup for use when fishing along edges (small movements instead of using oars) and as a backup getting back to launch of the main motor has an issue. Do you all think an Endura Max 45lb would be sufficient? I want to keep the weight down so it is easy to transport.

In that same topic, does anybody know the weight different of the different thrust motors? 40/45/55?

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I'd be guessing they're all within about 2 lbs of one another. They don't get much heavier with more thrust. The battery you put in your boat to run it will have more effect on weight than the trolling motor you buy. 

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As everyone always says in this forum...there is no such thing as having TOO much trolling motor thrust.  A 45lb thrust TM would move the boat nicely. However, if the winds kick up, a 55 would do better.  BUT, the 55 TM is indeed heavier so it's up to you if the added weight (and cost) of the 55 are worth it.

The Endura Max 40 and 45 have 3 1/4" diameter motors; the 50 and 55 have 3 5/8" motors. I can't say what the weight difference is on the Endura Max models but I can say that I have a Traxxis 45 and a Traxxis 55 and they have the same difference in motor diameters. The weight delta is about 5 pounds with the 45 weighing about 19 pounds and the 55 weighing about 24 pounds. You can see the motor diameter difference in the photo with the 55 in the front.

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Edit: Got a chance to weigh both my Traxxis TMs - the weight difference is about 5 pounds - I've edited my response above.

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The speed control is a factor in picking a motor  I've seen models with 80 pounds of thrust that only have 5 speeds. Speed 1 was just too fast when you wanted to go slow. No way to slow it down enough. An infinite speed control would have made that motor more functional.

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34 minutes ago, Scott F said:

The speed control is a factor in picking a motor  I've seen models with 80 pounds of thrust that only have 5 speeds. Speed 1 was just too fast when you wanted to go slow. No way to slow it down enough. An infinite speed control would have made that motor more functional.

You bet - an infinite speed control TM is the only way to fly. Apparently the OP thinks so as well since the Endura Max has Minn Kota's Digital Maximizer feature...

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I'm okay with 5 speeds....

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You will enjoy your fishing a whole lot more if you get a variable speed and not one of those 4,5,6 speed things.  First off, it will rarely have the speed you want so you are constantly cutting it on and off.  Then there is the matter of run time.  The variable speed will give you much long run times when you are just easing along casting. 

There is only One reason and one reason only to ever buy on of those with the selectable speeds, you are on a tight budget and just flat can't afford to pay the extra dollars for the variable speed.

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