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I'm looking to upgrade from a 30lb thrust to a 50-55 lb thrust electric trolling motor and was wondering if anyone has had good/bad experience with the Newport vessels Electric Trolling Motors. Particularly (but not required) the - 55lb Thrust (NV Series)model. Online reviews can be misleading So I'm asking here because I trust BR and it's members to give much more accurate reviews. I'm using it on a old square stern 16ft HDPE canoe because the 30 struggled against the wind gusts and I want to be able to move more than 1-2 mph during those windy days on bigger bodies of water.

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  I’m not sure if this is still relevant to the OP, and he hasn’t signed in for a couple weeks.  

 

  I am a somewhat satisfied customer of a Newport Vessels 86(?)lb thrust 24v tiller trolling motor. The Minn Kota’s of that size get very pricey.  I’ve had it a couple years now and it works like it did when I got it. 

 

  That being said,  it has no low gear.  Speed 1 is 3.1mph and speed 5(?) is 3.6-on GPS.  It literally puts you back in your seat, all or nothing.  Hits 4 downwind with only me in it.  It’s on a small but heavy electric boat.  I had to add my old beat up 55lb Minn Kota back on just to have a low speed on the stern (bow mount up front) totaling 3 motors.......

 

My word of advise is to just buy a Minn Kota or other name brand. Those 12v tillers are pretty reasonably priced and last forever. 

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The Newport Vessel sells for $199 you can get a Minn Kota Endura Max 55 for $245 online from Walmart. I would get the  Minn Kota for $45 more. I have a had Minn Kota that is at least 20 years old and still going strong. I did have to fix the mounting bracket with a $6 dollar part this year.

 

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