TrollingMo­tor Tips:

Saltwater Sportsman - - Float Plan / Boat Talk -

1. Most 16- to 18foot boats re­quire 70 to 80 pounds of thrust. That’s a 24-volt mo­tor re­quir­ing two bat­ter­ies.

2. Larger boats call for 105 to 112 pounds of thrust. That’s a 36-volt mo­tor re­quir­ing three bat­ter­ies.

3. Two or three ad­di­tional bat­ter­ies take up con­sid­er­able space. Make sure your boat has enough stor­age.

4. You need deep-cy­cle bat­ter­ies for a trolling mo­tor. Each adds 35 to 45 pounds of weight to your boat and could in­crease its draft. Con­sider if you need a 36-volt mo­tor or can get by with a 24-volt.

5. The ex­tra weight could also af­fect the boat’s per­for­mance, es­pe­cially if the bat­ter­ies are mounted far aft or for­ward of the beam, so care­fully select the best mount­ing lo­ca­tion.

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