What size trolling motor do i need for my boat?
On One Hand: Consider Boat SizeThe size of the trolling motor you need is directly related to the size of your boat and what you carry in it. In general, you need a trolling motor that provides adequate thrust for the load (measured as pounds of thrust). A 12 to 13 foot boat needs 30 pounds of thrust, a 14 foot boat needs 32 pounds and a 16 foot boat needs 40 pounds. The bigger the boat, the more thrust required.On the Other: Factor In LoadIf you fish with another person, or if you carry a lot of gear, you should get the next bigger size motor. If your boat is longer than 16 feet, or if you typically carry heavier loads or operate in rougher than average conditions, you should also consider buying a motor that uses two or three 12 volt marine batteries, rather than just one. This will provide more powerful, more sustainable thrust.Bottom LineIt is a good idea to buy the largest trolling motor you can, but within reason. You don’t want a motor that overwhelms your small boat.
Oh, we seem to be on the same hunt here. Anyone have any experience of canoeing with a trolling motor? I may get one for my canoe. It is 16′ plywood canoe I built. What is better about deep cycle batteries vs normal ones? What would you recommend for a Minn Kota motor? I found some reviews here https://trollingmotorsguide.com/best-trolling-motor-for-canoe/ but still need real life experiences