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albertabowhunter
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Love to go but , helping out with the show at the Mayfield this weekend. Helping with showing kids of all ages , tying a wooley bugger. Saturday 10 to 7 and Sun 10 to 5 . Hope to see lotsa people out. Have to go fishen later :( . post some pic if you get there. :fishing::fish_jump::clap:

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I went to the show today... Spend all evening on the fishing side. I have to go back tomorrow and go dcheck out the camping side. I ended upi buying a new Rod today. I bought a SAGE VPS 9' 9wt. Reg $440.00 sale $260.00.

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Good deal, Richard. I wish I had the same deal when I bought mine 2 years ago. I was tempted to buy a 3 or 4wt. rod today, but I ended up buying a Minn Kota eletric motor ( Maxxum 55 thrust) instead for my pontoon.

Joe

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55 lb thrust for your pontoon? Are you pulling water skiers? :o

 

Holy cow!

 

You will have lots of power, meaning you should have power all day. good job!

 

What kind of battery are you going to use?

 

 

Richard

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There was no 40 lb thrust available yesterday.It's only $20.00 difference between the 40 & 55 lb. thrust so I bought the 55 lb just in case I will buy a small boat later.

I have not looked at marine batteries yet. I have to try and mount it in the garage because I am afraid the anchor rope might be in the way as it is located right under the mounting bar .

Joe

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Joe, it's not a marine battery you need, but rather, a deep cycle RV battery. They're designed to repeatedly go from full charge to complete discharge whereas a marine battery is like a car battery -- it's designed to operate mostly at a full charge. If you want to spend some extra dollars, you might consider a gell cell deep cycle battery, so you won't have to worry about spilling battery acid all over your waders :( (not good) and pontoon boat :(:( (very not good).

 

The 55lb motor should nove you pretty good. I used to motor down Maligne Lake in my 12ft car topper using a 40lb motor, and it moved at a good clip.

 

Terry

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The batteries at costco are Deep cycle Batteries... $75.00. I cant remember what the amp/hours were but it was above 100.... I think 112 amp hours, though I could be wrong....

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Joe, it's not a marine battery you need, but rather, a deep cycle RV battery. They're designed to repeatedly go from full charge to complete discharge whereas a marine battery is like a car battery -- it's designed to operate mostly at a full charge. If you want to spend some extra dollars, you might consider a gell cell deep cycle battery, so you won't have to worry about spilling battery acid all over your waders :( (not good) and pontoon boat :(:( (very not good).

 

The 55lb motor should nove you pretty good. I used to motor down Maligne Lake in my 12ft car topper using a 40lb motor, and it moved at a good clip.

 

Terry

 

 

 

You are 100% correct on that. I have the RV deep cycle battery and I have gone all the way to the end of maligne and back and still had enough the next weekend to troll on carson in a 14ft zodiac and 2 fat boys. I don't remember what I paid for it but it has been worth every penny. I bought it from Rockys Battery..
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I can understand Joe's logic.

He wanted a trolling motor that would not only work on his float tube,

but would also work on a future boat that would need the extra thrust.

That avoids having to buy two motors of differing thrust.

The drawback is that the 55 lb thrust motor is quite a bit heavier

than the size one would normally need for a float tube (18 to 20 lb thrust).

I also suspect that it won't give him any more speed than a smaller motor,

because all the props on the minn kotas seem to have the same pitch.

So the bigger motor just provides more thrust to handle a bigger boat, wind and current. At the high speed settings, the larger motor will draw down the battery faster, but then, who needs to go flat out on Muir?

I too bought a new trolling motor. It's a 40 lb thrust maxum.

I intend to use it on the 10 foot zodiak I inherited from my dad.

I have a 15 lb thrust one already that I use on the canoe and

a marine RV battery that I bought from Rockys. Works great.

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Thank you all for the info. Dave you are right, hmmm..., should I exchange it to the smaller motor? The only feature I like with the Maxxum is that you can tilt the handle on different angles. I tried it on my Pontoon yesterday and with the handle tilted up it is easier for me to use the extended handle over my head if I need to turn either to the left or right without looking back,

Joe

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All Electric motors by, Minn Kota anyway, Tilt. I bought the 34 lb thrust, for my PT boat.... IT has tilt and maximizer and extended handle.....

 

later...

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Yeah, Minn Kota has a curious set of feature assignments based on the different models. For transom mount motors:

The Endura series (30, 36, 40, 46, 50, 55 lb) have 5 fwd and 3 rev speeds, but do not have a built in maximizer. They have telescoping handles, but only the waterfoul edition has the tilt-twist handle. The 30 lb has a 30" shaft. All others come in 36" and the 50 and 55 can have a 42" shaft. The 30, 36, amd 40 come with a different prop from the weedless wedge on the others. All are 12volt.

The Maxxum series (40, 55, 70, 90 lb) have infintely variable speed and a built in maximizer. They have the tilt-twist handle but no built in extension, so you have to buy an add on if you want a longer handle. The 40 has a 36" shaft, the 55 either 36" or 42", 70 and 90 have 42". They all have the weedless wedge prop. The 70 and 90 are 24 volt.

The Vector models are similar to the Maxxum with 3x steering

The Vantage adds 4x steering and more fetures like push botton stow and deploy.

 

Joe:

If you intend on getting a larger boat, I'd stick with the one you bought unless you think it's too heavy and would drag your PT boat down at the rear. I don't think there's much differenec between the 40 and 55 in weight.

D

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Yeah,I think I'm going to keep it. I tried it on the pontoon in my living room the other day and it was OK even when I was not sitting on the seat. My pontoon is 9' so it helps a bit with the weight.I bought an extender and with the handle angled up, I could control the handle over my head without reaching back.

Joe

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I tried it on the pontoon in my living room the other day and it was OK even when I was not sitting on the seat

Most people have to worry about weeds and fishing line getting caught in thier motors...you have to worry about family members, pets and Carpet..... <_<

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I tried it on the pontoon in my living room the other day...

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Heh heh... been there... done that... complete with wireless laptop connection.

 

http://forum.nlft.org/index.php?showtopic=...findpost&p=7208

http://forum.nlft.org/index.php?showtopic=...findpost&p=6898

 

Of course this posted photo got chopped later by Scratch to make it look like I was out on the water. =)

 

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Eventually, got it ("Red Dwarf") out on the water though... yer gonna have a blast. Be sure to name your boat.. it's bad karma not too eh.

 

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