What lb thrust trolling motor 14' aluminum?

gettingbentwithbo

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What lb thrust trolling motor (transom mount) would I want for a 14' aluminum skiff for use in Saltwater?
 

hucklongfin

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I'd want some extra power in reserve... the wind can really push those tin cans around.
 

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Probably a 75-85 lb 24v model at least. You can never have enough power. If you’re going with only one battery, maybe a 55-65 lb model would be good but I would always have a second battery onboard.
 

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Reel Kahuna

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Sure, just be prepared for the possibility you’ll run out of juice faster than expected. With a boat, you’re always gonna want to run a little farther and a little farther....
I gathered he has an outboard and is using the trolling motor to troll and not his main motor :confused:.
I can't imagine anyone going in the ocean with a just a transom trolling motor..but that's just me.
 

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kzaam1

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I gathered he has an outboard and is using the trolling motor to troll and not his main motor :confused:.
I can't imagine anyone going in the ocean with a just a transom trolling motor..but that's just me.
Dude said the salt and not the ocean. Bays and whatnot maybe.
 

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I use a 12v 55lb thrust on my 16 whaler. We get plenty of wind and tidal current out on the delta where I use it and it moves me around fine, should be plenty of thrust for a 14 aluminum. Definitely get two deep cycle batteries and rotate use between the two. It’ll keep you on the water longer and it’s nice having a backup if you’re fighting wind and current all day.
 

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I use a 12v 55lb thrust on my 16 whaler. We get plenty of wind and tidal current out on the delta where I use it and it moves me around fine, should be plenty of thrust for a 14 aluminum. Definitely get two deep cycle batteries and rotate use between the two. It’ll keep you on the water longer and it’s nice having a backup if you’re fighting wind and current all day.
I use the exact same set up on my beloved 14ft Valco. I spend 90% of my time up on the L.B. Wall in less than 10kts of wind. I use a single group 27 deep cycle battery. My primary use of it is keeping the boat pointing in the right direction, just barely moving, makes fishing much easier.

Anytime I have any doubts about the conditions (wind changing, backwards current ect.) I fire up the 20hp Yamaha and let it idle while fishing. Does not seam to hurt the fishing if they are biting.