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What size trolling motor do I use?

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  • What size trolling motor do I use?

    I want to put a trolling motor on my '86 Bayliner Capri. It is a 19', deep v-hull fiberglass boat. How much thrust do I need from the trolling motor, and does it matter if I mount it on the bow or on the transom? I am leaning toward the bow because it does not look like there is much room on the transom, but I could be wrong. Any help or suggestions are appreciated.

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    Re: What size trolling motor do I use?

    I'm putting a bow mounted 55 lb thrust motorguide wireless on mine... 12v system..


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      Re: What size trolling motor do I use?

      This primarily depends on the length of the boat and the additional weight (gear, people, and water logged foam) the boat may carry on your trips.

      I found this website (http://www.minnkotamotors.com/produc...reshwater.aspx) very helpful as there is a chart at the bottom of the page which will help you decide how many #'s thrust you need

      The link refers to an engine mount trolling motor which could be useful if your space is limited.

      I thought it was cool but not cost effective for my application, unless I win some unforseen $
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