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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Jon boat trolling motor

Jon boat trolling motor

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1 Jon boat trolling motor on Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:04 pm


hey guys. So not really a float tube related question but figured somebody on here would have some knowledge on this. I just picked up,an old jon boat that i want to do some modifications to. Id like to put a trolling motor in it but dont really know how much thrust i would need for it. I mainly just want to use it for the eastern sierras lakes and CGS and dana point harbor. Thanks for the help!!!

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2 Re: Jon boat trolling motor on Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:03 am


Assuming there's not a strong head current/wind, a 30lbd thrust should be plenty. I use a 30lbs Minn Kota C30 on my kayak off of La Jolla with no problem. My top speed is 3 MPH with a current, and 4.2 MPH without a current/wind. Note, a higher thrust motor will not nessacerily get you higher speeds unless the motor is undersized for the boat size. For your boat, anything over 40lb thrust is overkill and will NOT result in a higher top end speed.

The challenge is finding the right battery for your application (range/distance and battery weight limit). I average around 5-6 miles on a 40 AH SLA battery. You will actually get quite a bit more range if you run at slower speeds. I recently switched to a 40AH LiFePo battery (lithium) and will never go back to a SLA. They are so much more light, smaller, and actually go about 20% farther than an equivalent sized SLA, but they are EXPENSIVE. If you do use it in saltwater, don't bother paying for the more expensive saltwater version. Just make sure you wash it down thouroly after each use and it will last forever.

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