Hello Casey and Elliot, Sid here. My Son and I just got back from Elephant Butte. We were using a 28 lbs thrust MiniKota on our 180lb 1968 StarCraft. The boatMessage 1 of 10 , Jul 21, 2008View SourceHello Casey and Elliot, Sid here. My Son and I just got back from
Elephant Butte. We were using a 28 lbs thrust MiniKota on our 180lb
1968 StarCraft. The boat carries only 380 lbs total. Between his 190
lbs and my 180 lbs and about 60 lbs of gear (which includes battery
and the MiniKota motor) we were moving rather nicely at about 6 knots)
It was a great day on the lake, even though the teen-aged jet skiers
and drunk speed boaters were making us a bit nervous... no one failed
to see us. We didn't have our fishing licences lined up yet and still
don't, so was just sat out there eating watermelon. It was a blast.
The Son/Sean rowed quite awhile, cause he wanted the work out. But the
motor could have done us well for much longer than we actually used it.
So, I would say the cheaper 27 to 28 lb thrust motor will do just fine
for your much lighter Classic 10. You should be really zippy with that
motor, unless you are loaded down to the max spec.
--- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "Casey Sterbenz" <sterbejj@...>
> Not on a GA boat, but I use a MinnKota 27 lb thrust motor on my 16'
> Mohawk fiberglass canoe. The canoe comes in around 70 pounds. With
> 2 adults aboard it makes about 2 knots. I use a single marine deep
> cycle battery which gives me about 6 hours at full thrust, maybe 10
> hours at 80% power.
> I expect a light GA hull and one person on board would move out
> smartly with a 30-40 pound thrust MinnKota motor.
> Casey Sterbenz
> --- In Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com, "Elliot Mednick" <elliot@>
> > Nice setup.
> > The 801 is the equivalent of 2hp. You say that gets you about
> 5mph. Is
> > that with just you in the boat? I'm just trying to decide what
> motor to get
> > for my Classic 14. The 801 is expensive, thought. $1700 street.
> And you
> > say that an extra battery is expensive? Isn't a marine deep cycle
> > around $150? And the 801 isn't even for salt water, which is what
> I would
> > need.
> > I'm thinking about a Minn Kota $200-$300 30-40lb thrust motor with
> two deep
> > cycle batteries and a zinc anode.
> > Does anyone else have experience with electric trolling motors on a
> GA boat?
> > --Elliot
... From: Elliot Mednick Subject: RE: [Airolite_Boats] Electric Classic 10 To: Airolite_Boats@yahoogroups.com Date: Thursday, July 17,Message 1 of 10 , Jul 21, 2008View Source
--- On Thu, 7/17/08, Elliot Mednick <elliot@...> wrote:
From: Elliot Mednick <elliot@...>
Subject: RE: [Airolite_Boats] Electric Classic 10
Date: Thursday, July 17, 2008, 8:47 AM
...And the 801 isn’t even for salt water, which is what I would need.
I put the issue of salt water to Torqueedo and received this reply (on my request for clarification, this is stated as applying to all of their motors):
Thank you for your email and your interest in Torqeedo motors.
The materials for our motors were chosen to withstand a high level of corrosion. Most of the materials used in the Travel 401/801 and Cruise 2.0 are, as with most leisure maritime products, classed as “sea-water resistant” not “sea-water proof”. After use in salt or brackish water, the motor (but never the shaft head and the tiller) should be rinsed with fresh water.
And in addition the sacrificial anode protects the metallic components that are located under the water, especially in salt water, from corrosion.
I hope, I could help you with this information and should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.
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Thank you for the information. I was also told by a MinnKota dealer that if I add a sacrificial anode, I can use a fresh-water motor in the ocean. And that toMessage 1 of 10 , Jul 23, 2008View Source
Thank you for the information. I was also told by a MinnKota dealer that if I add a sacrificial anode, I can use a fresh-water motor in the ocean.
And that to all who reported their experiences with trollers. I didn’t have a feel for if a 30- or 40-pound thrust motor would suffice for a Classic 14, or if I needed to go to a 2 or 3HP gas motor. Looks like I will go with a MinnKota 30 or 40. Since I haven’t been able to work on the Classic for a few weeks, I’m probably going to miss this season anyway, and I’ll work on it in the fall for next year.
Meanwhile, I’m on vacation next week and I’ll be giving my Arrow 14 a good workout in Rockland Harbor in Maine.