Electric trolling motors are quiet and lightweight motors commonly used not only during trolling (fishing), but also as means of main propulsion for smaller boats, kayaks, rafts, pontoon and similar vessels.
The main source of energy for electric trolling motors are high-capacity batteries and such batteries, especially lead-acid batteries may be rather heavy.
That is why it is of the utmost importance to choose the best electric trolling motor and its battery according to individual needs and requirements - large batteries may have large enough capacities, but the weight penalty for smaller vessels may be unacceptable.
The following chart lists general recommendations regarding the boat size and weight and recommended trolling motor size:
|Boat Weight||2000 lbs; 906 kg||2500 lbs; 1132 kg||3000 lbs; 1359 kg||3500 lbs; 1586 kg||4000 lbs; 1812 kg||5000 lbs; 2265 kg|
|Boat Length||<16 ft; <4.9 m||~17 ft; ~5.2 m||~18 ft; ~5.5 m||~19 ft; ~5.8 m||~20 ft; ~6.1 m||21+; 6.4+ m|
|Minimum Recommend Thrust||40 lbs; 18 kg||50 lbs; 23 kg||60 lbs; 27 kg||70 lbs; 32 kg||80 lbs; 36 kg||>100 lbs; >45 kg|
|Recommended Thrust With Power Reserve||55 lbs; 25 kg||65 lbs; 30 kg||80 lbs; 36 kg||90 lbs: 41 kg||100 lbs; 45 kg||>125 lbs; 57 kg|
Note: these are just general recommendations - when picking 'the best' trolling motor consider not only boat dimensions, but also fishing conditions like currents, winds, if there is canopy/shade, solar panel, wind turbine, etc.
The following comparison chart lists some of the most popular electric trolling motors on the market, with their most important features and specifications:
|Model||Maximum Thrust||Voltage||Maximum Current||Recommended Circuit Breaker|
|Minn Kota Endura C2 30||30 pounds||12 V||30 A||50 A|
|Newport Vessels NV-Series 36 lb||36 pounds||12 V||30 A||40 A|
|Outsunny Transom 36 lb||36 pounds||12 V||30 A||40 A|
|Intex Trolling Motor 36" Shaft||40 pounds||12 V||35 A||40 A|
|Minn Kota Endura C2 40||40 pounds||12 V||42 A||50 A|
|Minn Kota Endura C2 45||45 pounds||12 V||42 A||50 A|
|Minn Kota Riptide SC 45 lbs||45 pounds||12 V||42 A||50 A|
|Newport Vessels NV-Series 46 lb||46 pounds||12 V||40 A||50 A|
|Minn Kota Endura C2 50||50 pounds||12 V||50 A||60 A|
|Outsunny Transom 50 lbs||50 pounds||12 V||47 A||50 A|
|Minn Kota Endura C2 55||55 pounds||12 V||50 A||60 A|
|Minn Kota Riptide 55 SP||55 pounds||12 V||50 A||60 A|
|Newport Vessels Kayak Series 55lb||55 pounds||12 V||52 A||60 A|
|Newport Vessels NV-Series 55 lbs||55 pounds||12 V||52 A||60 A|
|SATURN 55 Lbs Short-Shaft||55 pounds||12 V||50 A||60 A|
|Newport Vessels NV-Series 62 lbs||62 pounds||12 V||58 A||60 A|
|Minn Kota Riptide 80 ST||80 pounds||24 V||56 A||60 A|
|MotorGuide 941700110 Xi5 Wireless||80 pounds||24 V||56 A||60 A|
|Newport Vessels NV-Series 86 lbs||86 pounds||24 V||48 A||50 A|
|Minn Kota EM 101||101 pounds||36 V||50 A||60 A|
|Minn Kota Riptide ST 112||112 pounds||36 V||52 A||60 A|
|MinnKota Riptide EM 160||160 pounds||24 V||116 A||2x60 A|
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In order to avoid excess currents (60+ Amps), electric trolling motors are powered with different voltages:
- 12 V electric trolling motors feature thrust levels of up to a 60-65 pounds,
- 24 V electric trolling motors feature thrust levels of up to a 100 pounds,
- 36 V electric trolling motors feature thrust levels of 100 pounds or more.
By connecting 2 or more batteries in series, one creates a battery pack of 24V, 36V, 48V, etc.
Note: It is recommended to connect in parallel or series lead-acid batteries not only of the same model/brand, but of the same batch. Also, lithium batteries may be connected in series and/or parallel only if explicitly allowed by their manufacturer.
For short - unless you are absolutely sure that you know what are you doing, don't do it. Stay safe and ask for help by certified professional.
Here is the list of our electric trolling motors reviews and recommendations.
Watersnake ASP T-18 and T-24 12V Saltwater Trolling Motors are ultralight and rather compact 12V trolling motors, intended for powering small vessels, including kayaks, canoes, inflatables, smaller pontoons, and similar boats.
Watersnake ASP T-18 and T-24 models come as transom mount trolling motors, but they also feature an optional kayak bracket.
Published: December 15, 2020.
U-BCOO L-12V-46lbs is a compact, lightweight, and relatively strong electric trolling motor, intended for use on smaller boats, rafts, kayaks, pontoons, and similar vessels.
In order to be as rust-resistant as possible, U-BCOO L-12V-46lbs is made of stainless steel, aluminum, glass fiber, and similar materials, making it suitable for both freshwater and saltwater use.
Published: October 26, 2020.
Newport Vessels Kayak Series 55lb Thrust Transom Mounted Saltwater Electric Trolling Motor is a strong and lightweight trolling motor designed for kayaks, pontoon, and other similar smaller vessels.
Newport Vessels Kayak Series 55lb Thrust Transom Mounted Saltwater Electric Trolling Motor features short and adjustable shaft, LED battery indicator, 3-blade prop, 8 speeds, long cables, and other features making it one of the most popular units in its class.
Published: August 19, 2020.
Minn Kota Endura C2 is a group of very popular freshwater, transom-mount electric trolling motors, designed to be reliable and easy to use and maintain. Also, they come at very affordable prices with a 2-year limited warranty, making them some of the most popular electric trolling motors on the market.
Minn Kota Endura C2 group features electric trolling motors that differ in thrust, weight, shaft length, and similar, but they all share the same nominal battery voltage of 12 volts.
Published: June 1, 2020.