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How many pounds thrust on trolling motor?

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I have a 14 foot aluminum lund with a 25 horse motor (not a four stroke).

Can anyone tell me if there is really an advantage to going to a 55lb thrust over a 40lb thrust?

Thanks.

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If price differnce doesn't stop you I would go for it. 40lbs will be enough, but the 55lb will be better.

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Having more thrust than you "need" is a good thing, for those few times when you might want it. But 40 lbs on a 14' boat would be a great setup, and 55 lbs would border on overkill (well, maybe not overkill because there really isn't such a thing when it comes to powering boats). But there's lots of guys out there with 55 lb motors on 16 and 17 foot console boats ..... I think you could leave a wake with a 55lb motor on your 14' boat.

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It will also depend on what you plan on using your trolling motor for and how fast you plan on going with it.

If you are going to use it to pull crank baits I would still say go bigger, the larger motor will save battery life at equal speeds. If you will only use it for back trolling, casting, or positioning while drifting then the 40 will fit your needs great.

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I be inclinded to agree with perchjerker. When the 40 lbs won't do it anymore the 25 hp can take over.

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If you fish rivers go 55. Better to have too much power than not enough. Plus you will save battery life going half speed rather than 3/4 or more all day.

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I have a 14 ft Lund with a 15 horse. I currently have a transom mount 36 lb thrust trolling motor. For fishing on calm days on lakes, that is generally enough. Fishing on the St. Croix it works fine. But right now, fishing on the Sippi either Pool 2 or Pool 4 it doesn't cut it. If and when I upgrade, I plan to build a mount for a bow mount trolling motor up front and put a 55 lb or better on there. Some will say I am crazy, but having more power is better than not enough.

With a 36 lb thrust motor, the best I can do on the river right now is hold in place at full throttle. Get a snag, fire up the gas motor. Get a big fish, if she runs up stream it is gonna be tough. I can maneuver the boat around in the current to keep lined up for drifts, but that is about it. I do a lot of casting too for bass and skies in the summer, so a bow mount will serve me 1000x better than my current transom mount.

I say go big, or go downstream.

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Bow mount or transom? I think you need more thrust in a transom mount.

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I have a little 12' jonboat that I use on the city lakes & small rivers. Last year I upgraded from 36lb to 55lb thrust. I love the extra speed at full throttle but it drains my 12v battery a lot quicker. Now I carry 2 batteries for longer trips. Cutting through the milfoil is easier now & I have a lot more power in reverse.

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40LB works great on my 16' Lund Rebel...40LB will be fine for your 14' Lund. 55LB will just be overkill.

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No such thing as overkill.....IMO. Go for all the pocketbook will allow.

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When was the last time you heard someone say they wish they had a smaller trolling motor?

I went with the 55lb bow mount on my 14ft Lund. It will pull me upstream in a 3 mph current. Nice when you snag and don't want to run to the back to start the main motor.

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When was the last time you heard someone say they wish they had a smaller trolling motor?

Good point.

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When was the last time you heard someone say they wish they had a smaller trolling motor?

I may have muttered that last night when I was installing my new one wink

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You can never have to much power. I went from a 55lb to a 70lb on a 17 1/2' boat, and it was a big difference. Now I have a 19 1/2' boat with a 80lb. Like said above the bigger the better.

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Lucke 1 I just posted a Minkota endura 55 On hsolist 2 in perfect condition only used once before I bought a new boat. Shoot me a Email if interested...

Lukejames25@msn.com

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Thanks for all the help everyone...

Trollin- I literally picked up the same model yesterday! Same price and everything.

the guy still had the box, receipt to cabelas, and everything.

The funny thing is I had been looking for the last two months. That's the way it goes.

sorry.

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i have a 30 on my 13' boat and it pulls it ok wish i had a 40lb.. man it really goes when you hooker up to 24 volts! goes about 6mph at wot

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