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MinnKota Powerdrive upgrade

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Could anyone give an opinion on whether or not an upgrade from a 40 lb Powerdrive Minnkota to a 55 lb Powerdrive would make much of a difference?

I would rather not get into the 24V motors and I believe the 55 lb. is the highest the 12V go, coerect?

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It would depend on the boat you are going to put it on, how much and where you use it? How does the 40lb work now? You could try to borrow a friends 55lb if you can.

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You are correct, 55 lbs is the biggest 12 volt PowerDrive motor you can get.

I think a 55 would make a difference over a 40, it's 38% more power. It really depends on how big your boat is though, and how you fish and use your bowmount motor.

You can check out the Powerdrive motors and our pricing at Bowmount Motors At Pro Fishing Supply

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It has been said many times and is true each time...

You can never have too much power in a trolling motor.

I have the 55 (works fine) and wish I had the 24 volt ones.

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If you go from a 40 to 55 you will notice the difference a lot. I did anyway. If you have a 16' or less boat you will be fine most of the time. Like said though go big or go home.

When I went from a 12 volt 55 to a 24 volt 65 I noticed a bit difference of course in speed but more in battery life.

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You would gain power, longevity of use, extend the overall battery life, and quicker recovery when mated to (2) 12V 29 series or 31 class deep cycle batteries resulting in much greater reserve capacity.

I would also recommend a 20 amp 2 bank smart inboard charging system, such as a MinnKota MK-220 to maintain it.

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The original poster wasn't specific about what kind of a "difference" he is looking for. As pointed out by most, if you are looking for a power difference you will probably get it. However, if battery life is the biggest difference you are looking for then you could just add a second trolling motor battery in series.

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