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    I have the opportunity to pick up a new Minnkota trolling motor which will be used on a john boat with me (215lbs) and two boys (total of 240lbs). Would a 30 lb thrust work? Should I go larger with say a 40 or 45 or 50lb thrust? We will be using it a local county lake for long line trolling some but mostly going from spot to spot and anchoring.

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    Personally, I wouldn't go below 42lb thrust ... with two group 31 deep cycle marine batteries ... especially with a 12V system.

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    Bare minimum of 3 pounds of thrust per foot of boat. That is BARE minimum. Always better to go with bigger.

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    Just like with tow vehicles, always go as big as you can afford. You'll never have a problem with overpowering a boat. Just make sure you have the battery to back it up.
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    I get Bass Pro award points from my work for working extra overtime so I can get a 50Lb thrust model in just a few weeks. Thanks for the advise to go bigger.

    On the battery piece what would you all suggest? I know to get a deep cycle version - is there a "best" that is relatively maintenance free? Also, any chargers that you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shmang View Post
    I get Bass Pro award points from my work for working extra overtime so I can get a 50Lb thrust model in just a few weeks. Thanks for the advise to go bigger.

    On the battery piece what would you all suggest? I know to get a deep cycle version - is there a "best" that is relatively maintenance free? Also, any chargers that you recommend?

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    On batteries, I think "best" is usually personal preference via experience. I currently use Everstart Marine batteries, and have used the brand for decades (so I can't comment on other brands).

    As to "chargers" ... I still have a Shumacher charger that's well over 30yrs old & still functional. My most recent boat came with a Minn-Kota 220 onboard charger (2 banks @10A/bank) and it's worked flawlessly. If I had to replace it, I would likely get the Minn-Kota MK220d (digital) ... and if I should opt to add a 3rd battery at the same time, I'd go with the MK330D (3bank @ 10amps/bank). I just don't like the idea of charging a heavily used battery with less than 10amps.

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    I have a dedicated reservoir boat that I use in the few reservoirs we have here in MD, and all we can run is electric. I run 55s on a 15' boat, but as far as batteries. I found that 2-6 volt golf cart batteries in series will way out last multiple 12 volt batteries. When I was running 12s I needed to bring an extra set of batteries to swap out halfway through the day, now that I've swapped them out for 6s I can run anywhere I want on the reservoir without a fear running them dead. As far as motor size get the biggest you can afford.

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    Oh and I should've added I run a BPS XPS 3bank charger and it works great. I run this because I have 2-12s in parallel for my bow mount that I use while I'm actually fishing

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowePro View Post
    Bare minimum of 3 pounds of thrust per foot of boat. That is BARE minimum. Always better to go with bigger.
    tin or aluminum ? I use a 45 lb. on a 16 ft. xpress . no problems but I single pole and slow troll only .

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    Got the 55LB thrust model being delivered tomorrow. Now I am on a quest to find the battery and charger to go with it -- checking out a few sites and will be calling them tomorrow. Thanks for the help.
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