Getting precise, careful movement when using your boat's primary engine is impossible. The sheer size of these marine instruments and the boats they propel makes it difficult for boaters to navigate their vessel carefully when exactness is of the utmost importance. In such situations, a trolling motor may prove to be one of your most valuable boat parts.
Of course, not all trolling motors are created equal, and picking the right model for your needs involves careful consideration of a number of factors, starting with thrust. Simply put, the amount of thrust that your boat will require from a trolling motor depends largely on its size. Generally, you'll want 5 lbs. of thrust for every 200 lbs. of weight that the trolling motor will be propelling. For example, a boat weighing 1,200 lbs. with a maximum load capacity of 1,000 lbs. will require 55 lbs. of thrust from the motor (2,200 / 200 = 11, 11 x 5 = 55 lbs.).
It's also important to consider what kind of voltage your trolling motor will need. For recreational fishers who will only be using the motor every once in a while, a 12-volt system may suffice. But for professional anglers and serious marine enthusiasts, a 24-volt or 36-volt motor will be needed to provide the necessary power over long durations that these applications require.
In addition to thrust, other important factors to consider are the mounting style of the trolling motor. Smaller models will typically attach to your boat using quick-release clamps that let you remove the unit quickly for easy storage. However, a larger trolling motor may need to be bolted to your hull, which could influence your decision.
These are just a few of the considerations you should keep in mind when purchasing your trolling motor. If you have any questions about these or other marine supplies we carry at ePal, please don't hesitate to give us a call today to talk to one of our friendly customer service specialists.