Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
cluelessfisherman

12 or 24 volt?

11 posts in this topic

Ok folks, it's time for another Clueless moment. Could someone please tell me the difference between a 12 or 24 volt trolling motor and any possible benefits? Are we talking 2 different types of batteries?
I am looking on adding a bow mount this summer if you haven't already read my past post on 'boat accessory help'. Anyway, I honestly don't know anything about this. Please help the Clueless one out!!

Thanks!

------------------
Clueless - -

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well I know the type of fishing you plan to do, I would recommend the 24V system. You will need to run two 12 volt batteries in series(I will explain this later) to add up to 24V. Basically to make things simple, you need juice, or current to power your trolling motor, the more current you have the longer and faster you will be able to run your motor for before draining the battery. You can gain a similar advantgae with a 12V motor by putting two batteries in parallel, but this is not as big of an advantage when compared to a 24V system.

Series means you add the batteries together by connecting positive lead of battery #1 to the negative lead of battery #2, and then connect your positive lead of your trolling motor to the positive lead of battery # and then the negative lead to battery #1.

I wouldn't hesistate going with a 24V motor for the type of fishing you do, where you could be running the trolling motor constantly for 8-10 hour days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i would also recomend the 24v system! i went to one three years ago.( had a 12 /24 before) the 24 has more consistant power.and longer battery life .if you go to this i would also recomend you spend the extra money and get a on board charger. sure makes things easy after you are done fishing. you get done fishing and just plug it in and your batteries get a full charge and no hassels. del

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I forgot what size boat you have but if you plan on fishing more than 3-4 hours a day and fish in windy conditions absolutely go with a 24-volt motor. The difference surprised me when I went to a 48# thrust 24-volt from a 28# thrust 12-volt. Get as much thrust as you can afford and it will be even more economical on the batteries. Get the on-board charger also if you can afford it but you can always add this later.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would also recommend the 24 volt. One thing to check is the wiring. If the boat was pre-rigged for a trolling motor chances are the wire is not heavy enough. I like to use 6 gauge for most 24 volt systems, and don't forget to put fuse in the system. Most people assume that if the boat builder put the wiring in it will work but most only use 10 gauge wiring and it will really restrict the amps that get to the trolling motor.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clueless-
I don't think you can run 24V capacities in your Navigator. It should only be a 12V system in your model boat, unless you can re-wire it.

I think you should get the 12V (at least) 50lb thrust unit. I have that in mine and it works fine.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I really don't think you would need a 24 volt system in a boat of that size either. 12 volt 45# or bigger will pull ya around fine in a 16.5 footer. I think you'd be better off keeping the weight of another battery out of the bow, and you can spend the coin you save on other goodies.

Fisky

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Clueless

You don't need a 24v system for the size boat you have. If you want longevity, hook two batteries in parallel and that will give you twice the life.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As much as I know I would enjoy the 24 volt system, I probably don't need it for my boat. My biggest concern is getting too much weight up on the bow. I think the weight of 2 batteries and the motor might be to much. I think I will be able to live with the 12 volt system. I will always have the transom battery to swith with if I need to as I probably won't be running that one much except for controlled drifts.

I have been looking at chargers today and was wondering what you run in your rigs? I heard a little about Guest and CSI chargers. Was wondering what your thoughts were on the Dual Pro or Minn Kota chargers? Looking for something that doesn't need much air around it like I guess the Guest does as it gets a little hot.

I promise, the questions will stop one of these days - as soon as I can get back out in a boat!
Bring on the open water!!!

------------------
Clueless - -

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

clueless
for your size boat, i would stay with a 12v
system, the extra weight, lost cargo space, upkeep of another battery and the REPLACEMENT COST of the batteries is just not worth it.BEEN THERE, DONE THAT,LEARNED FROM IT. would rather have had the space for a tackle box wink.gif money for a years worth of bait smile.gif, less the extra weight for sum what evers grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to have a 12v 3hp minkota on the transom of my little 16.5 Crestliner, along with a 12v powerdrive up front. They moved this boat awesome. Could pull cranks no problem with either on nice days, when it got a bit windier I could use them both to foreward troll, steering with just the bowmount. Also could slow troll/control drift sideways using both. They worked sweet on that boat.

Sounds like you are having fun contemplating all your options!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • I tried to purchase the screws yetti uses from Fastenal who is their vendor for the screws. They are only sold in large reels designed for a self loading screwgun. I finally called Casey at Glacial lake docks where I purchased my yetti and he sent me out the amount I needed. They work great to add additional fir strips. The plastic used to tie them together comes right off as you screw them in. Hope that helps. 
    • Sorry...was wrong on the specs.   Manufacturer is Core Ice.  It was 1450# for a 12' and 1250# for a 8'.  
    • I believe you want to use a zinc coated or galvanized steel according to the charts.  I'm sure someone will come along to correct me
    • In the back room there is a company that is using bonded foam panels (similar to garage door panels, but really clean looking), and had weights of 1250# for a 12' and 1450# for a 16'.  Aluminum trailer frames that could convert to a skid frame.  Can't recall the name.  I'm sure they were spendy, but I can see a concept like that going somewhere for the hardcore fishing crowd.   Yetti, Firebrand, Big Bite, and Glacier all had really nice display models.      Lots of campers (disguised as fish houses) out there at prices that make me want to jump into the business.  I was in two different manufacturers houses with prices well over $30k that had wire nuts for connections.  That is going to be a fun adventure for someone 2-3 years down the road when they find out their manufacturer saved $15 on their wiring.           
    • Thank you for all the help!  Ended up going with the Marcum VS485C.  After some research, there were a few other Marcums that were on the list (825 & 625), the Aqua Vu HD, and the Pan Cam.  The mini cams from all manufactures weren't what I was looking for, but they are cool and do have their place.     After seeing everything in person, I think the Aqua Vu HD had the best camera/screen.  The Marcums were a little bit behind, but the 825, 625, 485, and Pan Cam had similar real life clarity.  The 485 won out because of the $300 price point vs the others at $450-700, and was almost identical for resolution, other than the HD.
      I honestly think these cameras are all about 5+ years behind in technology in comparison to the broader camera/tv screen market.  Running off a 7-9ah battery is probably one of the limiting factors.  Another may be the cold.  The main reason (IMO) is that the manufacturers are hoping they can incrementally rape us by trickling out technology each year, similar to the computer manufacturers of the 90s/early 2000's.  For the price of a middle of the road underwater camera, I can buy a Chinese made 50" TV (these all have Chinese made 5-8" screens) and a GoPro or Sony Action Cam (which is 10x's the picture quality).       
    • Any newcomers in the wheelhouse business at the Ice show in St. Paul?
    • Im sure it's hard to see through your Liberal tears.  
    • Well Molly doesn't have any snow on her.   You been drinkin?  
    • 70 pages dealing with Donald Trump and I can't find much that says anything on the positive side, of course in the past year and a half he hasn't said much that's been positive either.
  • Our Sponsors