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How to Select a Minn Kota Trolling Motor

How to Select a Minn Kota Trolling Motor

Purchasing a trolling motor has never been an easy task, especially if it's your first time looking for one. Trolling motors are important when you are looking to optimize your experience when cruising over a lake, river or sea.

So, before making a decision over which one to purchase, you should consider the following factors:

• Motor style
• Maximum thrust
• Mounting location
• Pedal style
• If you are fishing in saltwater or freshwater

MAURIPRO came up with the most important considerations to select the proper Minn Kota Trolling Motor.

Motor Style:

Depending on how you use your boat when on the water, you need to consider the motor style of the trolling motor you purchase.

Electric-Steer Motors are innovative and intuitive, offering more control options, along with positioning technologies such as i-Pilot and i-Pilot Link that let you spend less time controlling your boat and more time fishing.

Alternatively, if you like to cruise at high speeds with your boat, you should choose a Cable Steered Motor. Rugged and responsive, these models rely on a cable as the direct link between the foot pedal and the motor. This type of trolling motor can turn immediately in the direction you want to go.

Furthermore, equipped with a tiller handle for responsive control, Hand Control Motors combine traditional steering with industry-leading Minn Kota technology to give you precise control and maneuverability.

Maximum Thrust:

Thrust is among the most crucial factors that you should include in your list of considerations before buying a trolling motor. It simply refers to the amount of force that the motor can exert to help the boat move over the water. Boat weight is key when determining how much thrust you need.

A General rule of thumb: you need at least 2 lbs. of thrust for every 100 lbs of fully-loaded boat weight (people and gear included). If things like wind or current are major factors where you fish, you'll need a little extra thrust.

Mounting Location:

Trolling motors can either come with a transom installed on a boat's stern or a bow installed on the boat's front side. Both the transom and bow have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of the Bow: It has the most advanced features and a full range of control options. These motors mount to the front of the boat with a bolt-on bracket that pull it through the water for better maneuverability and control.

Advantages of the Transom: These mount to the back of the boat with a clamp-on bracket and they feature hand/tiller controls. Ideal for smaller boats and canoes. They are Excellent for general positioning and standard trolling.

Foot Pedal Style:

You need to select between an electric or side to side steering pedal when it comes to the foot pedal style of a trolling motor.

The electric pedal features a plug and play design for ease of use. On the other hand, the side to side steering pedal features a speed control knob and a momentary switch. You need to choose between these two types of pedals depending on your convenience and needs.

We at MAURIPRO Sailing love to recommend and help our clients choose the best equipment, so that they can live their best experiences on the water. After reading this article, what trolling motor do you prefer? Don't forget to tag us in your response and include the hashtag #mauriproblog

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