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Heres the deal, have new boat.

New boat is:

16'8" Long, about 74" wide

Aluminum, weight with me, motor, gas, batteries, gear and such is between 1500 and 1800 pounds (depending if I have a passenger with)

That weight is with 3 batteries, one for start, and two for 24V trolling system.

Do I need to run 24V 80# thrust trolling motors? or do you think I am better off, pulling the Vector3x off the rear and removing a battery. essentially shaving 100pounds off the boat and sticking with a 55# powerdrive on the front.

The big debate for me, is to shave weight and go back to 12V trolling system, or upgrade the bowmount to a 24V motor and have more thrust, at the expense of more weight...

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A 55lb would work on your boat, a 24 volt 70lb or 80lb would be better. It really depends on the conditions you'll be using the motor in, and for how long you'll be using it before recharging. A 12 volt 55lb with 1 battery will have less than half the run time of a 70lb or 80lb 24 volt motor. If you're not going to be fighting wind and waves for 4+ hours you should be okay with the 55lb and 1 battery. But if you're out fishing and run out of juice for your trolling motor ..... it gets frustrating to say the least.

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I had a 17' boat with a 55# 12 volt and it really had to work and it would over heat in rough water. I then put a 24 volt 70# on it and that was more than enough power.

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I'd agree with the 24v 80#. Being your from North Dakota, you're probably fishing lakes where you're battling some pretty good wind and waves so you'd likely need the extra power.

BTW, like your user name. grin

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24 all the way. I have a 70 lb on my 17' Explorer and its just right. If its too windy to use it I usually dont want to be out.

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Another vote for the 24v, I have a 80 lb terrova on my 165 dominator and am glad I do. Great run time on the battery and plenty of power for the windy days. When I baught it I remembered AL Linder at a seminar when he was asked about trolling motors his answer was simple. "the biggest one that fits"

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