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06-24-2006, 02:21 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Minn-Kota-All-terrain-bow-mount-trolling-motor_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ124105QQitemZ3000 01103803QQrdZ1

there is the link for a trolling motor. Is that a good deal if i were to "buy it now". THe shipping for me is 17.00

i am a college student and i barely have any money, i have a 19 ft. fiberglass deckboat (my parents) and i hate not having a trolling motor. Would that 36 lb. motor be enough? i believe 55lb is recommended for a boat of my size, but there is now way i can afford one.

any advice would be great!


Barnacle Bill
06-24-2006, 02:51 PM
A reconditioned 40lb motor from Cabels's is $299 so that is a fair price. However, it doesn't say what the shaft length is. With that big of a boat, you would do well to save until you can get a bigger motor. Just my opinion.

06-24-2006, 03:07 PM
thanks, i asked the seller how long the shaft is, it looks to me like it is 42" maybe...

06-24-2006, 03:11 PM
IMHO, for a boat that size the only days you'll be remotely satisfied with that size motor would be on a windless calm day, which are rare. Going into a headwind you'll loose ground and with the wind at your back you wont be able to keep the boat straight. I'd save for awhile and get one stronger if I were you.

06-24-2006, 03:14 PM
sounds like that is the way i should go... I could get a 55 lb. 54" shaft motor for $400 w/ shipping, but i will need to work for awhile, and i might be eating catfood in the fall for college, but hopefully i can make it work...

thanks for the help.

06-24-2006, 04:52 PM
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06-24-2006, 05:08 PM
A deck boat is heavy and has a high profile get the highest # you can even a 36 volt would be better. Make sure you will have atleast a foot in the water. lol

06-24-2006, 05:40 PM
For a 19 ft. glass boat you'll want more motor than that. Keep shoping


06-24-2006, 06:16 PM
Hey Hurricane, I have a 17ft glass boat & have a 45 lb on it. It does good with little or no wind, but once the wind gets up to 10-15 mph I get blown all over the lake:mad : & it makes for a long day

I am looking to upgrade to a 70-75 lb thrust in the near future.

06-24-2006, 08:31 PM
i have a 12V system, so 70-75 lb probably wouldnt work, but i am just sick of getting 2 casts in before i drift out of position, i just want something!

06-26-2006, 07:27 AM
you can convert to a 24 easy enough, but I agree with ya being blown or drifting all over just aint no fun & makes for a long day.

06-26-2006, 09:18 AM
Something is better than nothing Hurricane. MHO is that you should look in your local newspaper. I found a great trolling motor in ours and it was less than what E-Bay offered. Also garage sales will sometimes list what they have. If it says boat or fishing items you might want to go. Sometimes they will sell the Trolling motor. Worth a try it worked for me.