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Electric Outboard Motors-Minn Kota Trolling Motors Reviews

Updated on February 27, 2012

Minn Kota Trolling Motors

Minn Kota trolling motors are the leader of the pack when it comes to electric outboard motors. Every boating angler out there knows the importance of a good dependable trolling motor to help maneuver them into their favorite fishing spots. From amatures to pros, we all know that our trolling motors are more depended up on than our big gas outboards.

The reason a trolling motor is so crucial to a successful fishing trip is because it allows you to move quietly and efficiently through the water giving you total control of the boat. Trolling motors, often referred to as electric positioning motors, use battery power, not gasoline, to maneuver and power the boat along. There are many variables like thrust, voltage of battery, bow mount or transom mount, shaft length, and foot or hand controls that go into buying a quality trolling motor.

Choosing the Correct Trolling Motor For Your Boat

The Importance Of Thrust

Make sure when choosing a trolling motor for your boat you get one with enough thrust to efficiently move you, your boat and all your gear.

The amount of power or strength needed to move through the water is described as "pounds of thrust." Knowing how much thrust is needed is important when buying a trolling motor. If your trolling motor is to small for your boat you will have trouble maneuvering through waves, on windy days and through weed beds.

Boat weight is the most important consideration to take into account when choosing a trolling motor. A good rule of thumb is that you want a minimum of 2 lbs of thrust for every 100lbs. When figuring boat weight, make sure you calculate the heaviest potential weight which include a boat fully loaded with gear, fuel and the maximum number of passengers.

MAXIMUM WEIGHT(LB)-------------- MINIMUM THRUST(LB)

------1500------------------------------------------ 30

------2000------------------------------------------ 40

------2500 ------------------------------------------50

------3000 ------------------------------------------60

------3500------------------------------------------ 70

------4000------------------------------------------ 80

------4500------------------------------------------ 90

------5000----------------------------------------- 100

The Second most important cosideration when choosing a trolling motor is the length of your boat.

BOAT LENGTH(FT) -----------------------MINIMUM THRUST(LB)

------12'-14'--------------------------------------------35

------14'-16'------------------------------------------- 40

------17' ------------------------------------------------50

------18' ------------------------------------------------55

------19' ------------------------------------------------65

------20'-------------------------------------------------70

------21' ------------------------------------------------80

------22'+----------------------------------------------80-101

Trolling Motor Shaft Length

Choosing a Trolling Motor with the correct shaft length for your boat is important. If the shaft is to long you will continuously have problems with the prop dragging on the bottom when fishing shallow water. This can blow fuses or worse yet damage your prop or shaft.

If the shaft is too short, the prop may not be sufficiently submerged during rough or choppy water and will make it more difficult to maneuver

Saltwater Versus Freshwater Trolling Motors

When looking at saltwater versus freshwater trolling motors the biggest thing is the price difference. The internal workings are basically the same, everything is stainless steel that has to be in both. The biggest difference is the coating on the outside. Freshwater motors have a powder coat over the aluminum housing where the saltwater models use an epoxy base coating. Some say that they use there freshwater motors in saltwater with no problems, but it will void your warranty. I personally wouldn't suggest it , but if you do, make sure you rinse it well every time with freshwater. Treat it like you would your reels.

Saltwater trolling motors can be used in freshwater with no problems.

Best Prices On Minn Kota Trolling Motors

You will find the Best, hard to beat, prices for Minn Kota Trolling motors right here and most of them with Free Shipping.

Minn Kota Endura C2 30

Built to discover the best fishing holes the freshwater has to offer, the Endura C2 30 transom-mounted trolling motor is a legendary performer that will deliver years of use on the water.

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor (30" Shaft)
Minn Kota Endura C2 30 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor (30" Shaft)

Maximum thrust: 30

Volts: 12

Shaft length: 30 inches

Mount: Lever Lock Bracket

Speeds: 5 forward and 3 reverse

Control: Telescoping Handle

 

Minn Kota Endura C2 40

Minn Kota Endura C2 40 is a good choice for 12'-16' aluminum boats with a total weight of 2000 pounds or less, including you, your fishing buddy and all your gear.

Minn Kota Endura C2 55 Trolling Motor

Minn Kota Endura C2 55 Trolling Motor. A fan favorite over the years... "tweaked" for updated performance and VALUE PRICED! While other companies have been imitating it, Minn Kota's been busy innovating it! Endura C2 is the legendary performer that's built to explore, built to last, and backed by Minn Kota's cool, quiet power.

MinnKota Endura 50 C2 Transom Mounted Trolling Motor with Battery Charger

The Endura 50 C2 is not only a great trolling motor, it also comes with its own 5 amp. portable battery charger to keep you in the water fishing longer.

Minn Kota 55 Power - Drive V2 Bow Mount 12V Trolling Motor

The Minn Kota 55 Power - Drive V2 Bow Mount 12V Trolling Motor is good choice for a lighter 14'-16' boat. A redesigned foot pedal, new deploy-assist lever and digital electronics enhance one of the most trusted motors in the industry. This motor features either 55 lbs of thrust and a 48" shaft or a 54" shaft.

Minn Kota Traxxis 55 SC Transom Mount Trolling Motor

MinnKota Traxxis 55 SC Transom Mount trolling motor was engineered to keep you in the game, no matter where the game takes you. Its remarkably simple, one-hand stow mechanism gets the motor in and out of the water in no time. Just pull up and forward to stow. When it's time to fish, use the easy-access thumb release to deploy Traxxis into any one of ten different positions.

Minn Kota Powerdrive V2 Pontoon Boat Trolling Motor

Minn Kota Powerdrive V2 Pontoon Boat Trolling Motor takes things to the next level with such features as an improved deploy mechanism, a new ergonomically designed foot pedal, and digital electronics. The PowerDrive 2 is equipped with a deploy-assist lever that keeps the motor securely stowed during rough water runs and while trailering, but that also unlocks quickly when you need to deploy the motor. As a result, you can drop in and pursue fish at a moment's notice.

The PowerDrive V2 trolling motor runs smoothly and quietly on the water.

The side-to-side steering foot pedal, meanwhile, includes a momentary/constant on switch, a speed control knob for precise adjustments, and an 18-inch cord with waterproof connector plugs.

Minn Kota CoPilot Wireless System

Control speed, steering and on/off on your PowerDrive V2 with the Minn Kota wireless CoPilot remote accessory. It installs easily with plug-n-play design and a receiver that attaches to the right side plate of the trolling motor mount. A plug is also included, allowing a corded foot pedal to be used in conjunction with CoPilot.

Minn Kota Edge

Minn Kota Edge 45/L&D

Minn Kota Edge 45/L&D trolling motor features an indestructible Composite Shaft: Guaranteed by Minn Kota for life! Pound for pound, it's stronger than steel. Shaft flexes on impact and won't break, kink, or corrode. Cable-steer Foot Pedal: Get wired to the water's edge with the Edge foot pedal! Features ultra-responsive steering and an ergonomic design, with more room for your foot and more precise speed control. Latch & Door Mount: Tempered, marine-grade aluminum provides an ultra-strong, lightweight mount. A positive rear stow latch provides rock-solid stowing for rough water runs and trailering, while the Latch Door design makes removing your motor a snap. Weedless Wedge 2: Only Minn Kota's Weedless Wedge 2 Prop can push weeds away and take on the thick stuff without battery-draining chopping and hacking. They've improved the legendary design with swept-back, flared blades for unrelenting, reliable prop performance.

Minn Kota Edge 70/L&D Bow - mount 24V

Minn Kota Edge 70/L&D Bow - mount 24V trolling motor comes with a cable steer foot pedal that puts you in complete control. Easy to use and ergonomically designed for all-day comfort. Heel/toe action provides reliable, responsive cable steering control. Available on all foot control models.

Direction Indicator

An easy-to-read directional indicator is built into the top of the motor head on foot control models of the new Edge. You'll spend more time scanning the water and less time worrying about your trolling motor.

Features:Tilt Twist Tiller

Puts natural outboard convenience in the palm of your hand. Quick access. Instant response. Multi-position handle. Available on hand control models.

Indestructible Composite Shaft

The standard of the industry since 1991! Pound for pound, our ultra high-yield composite material has been tested to be three times the strength of steel. Virtually indestructible, it flexes on impact and then returns to its original position. Unlike steel, will not kink, break, rust or corrode guaranteed for life!

Cool, Quiet Power

Nothing runs cooler or more quietly than Minn Kota®. Extra large windings and commutators are used to dissipate heat, resulting in cooler operation, extended battery power and longer motor life. A unique bearing system produces low rpms/high torque to cut down on fish-spooking noise so quiet they'll never hear you coming.

Weedless Wedge 2 Prop

The latest generation of this legendary Roland Martin design features swept-back and flared blades to wedge weeds away. Pass through the thick stuff at any speed without battery draining chopping and hacking. A Minn Kota exclusive! Available on select models.

2-Year Warranty Edge bow-mount trolling motors feature Minn Kotas two-year warranty.

Minn Kota SF 101 Saltwater Trolling Motor

Johnson Outdoors MinnKota RT45/S

Johnson Outdoors MinnKota RT45/S With a maximum thrust of 45, this 12-volt Riptide Trolling Motor features a 36-inch shaft length. The motor is backed by a 2-year warranty and the composite shaft is backed by a lifetime warranty. If you want to fish on the salt sea--you can't do better than a Minn Kota Riptide Motor.

The Riptide offers unequaled saltwater performance and corrosion protection thanks to Minn Kota's premium-grade marine alloys, aluminum upper arms, and special zinc dichromate armor plating finished with a durable 5-mil TGIC polyester, powder coat paint. The Power Prop motor is designed to push through heavy vegetation and the electronics are fully encapsulated in marine-grade urethane to protect the electronic circuitry. All electrical connections are sealed with liquid-tight heat shrink tubing to form an impregnable barrier against saltwater. Finally, the indestructible composite shaft, guaranteed for life not to break, kink or corrode and Riptide's patented sacrificial zinc anode results in a motor that is completely protected from salt water's destructive forces.

MinnKota RipTide 50/S Transom Mount

You simply cannot find better saltwater transom mount trolling motor than the MinnKota RipTide 50/S. This motor incorporates a new quick-lock cam depth adjuster to easily and securely set the depth adjustment on your motor. The new riptide hand control gives you the best of both worlds with its new Tilt/Extend Tiller handle. It can both tilt (up to 45 degrees) and extend (up to 6") to adjust to any situation and any style of fishing. The Speed Coil gives you 5 forward speeds and 3 reverse. This unit utilizes 12 volts to put 50lb of thrust at the end of a 42" shaft.

Advanced Corrosion Protection

Riptide motors are impervious to saltwater's corrosive effects, thanks to premium-grade marine alloys and aluminum upper arms. Metals undergo a rigid multi-step cleaning process before being anodized or coated with a special zinc dichromate armor plating. All components are then finished with a durable 5-mil TGIC polyester, powder coat paint.

Minn Kota Riptide SP 55 Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot

Get optimized saltwater performance with Minn Kota Riptide SP's reengineered electric steer control, new deploy-assist lever and a host of features that set the standard for power and control. Comes standard with CoPilot hand control. New redesigned foot pedal is optional. This motor features 55lbs of thrust and a 48" shaft.

Minn Kota Riptide SP 70 Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot and Autopilot

Get optimized saltwater performance with Minn Kota Riptide SP 70 reengineered electric steer control, new deploy-assist lever and a host of features that set the standard for power and control. Comes standard with CoPilot hand control. New redesigned foot pedal is optional. This motor features 70lbs of thrust and a 54" shaft and AutoPilot

MinnKota Riptide 70 SP Bowmount Trolling Motor with CoPilot and Autopilot (70-lb Thrust, 54" Shaft)
MinnKota Riptide 70 SP Bowmount Trolling Motor with CoPilot and Autopilot (70-lb Thrust, 54" Shaft)

Minn-Kota trolling motor, Owners manual, Warranty card

New Deploy-Assist Lever

CoPilot is standard, new redesigned foot pedal is available as an option.

AutoPilot

 
MinnKota Riptide 55 SP Bowmount Trolling Motor with CoPilot and Autopilot (55-lb Thrust, 48" Shaft)
MinnKota Riptide 55 SP Bowmount Trolling Motor with CoPilot and Autopilot (55-lb Thrust, 48" Shaft)

Get optimized saltwater performance with Riptide SP's reengineered electric steer control, new deploy-assist lever and a host of features that set the standard for power and control. Comes standard with CoPilot hand control. New redesigned foot pedal is optional. This motor features 55lbs of thrust and a 48" shaft and AutoPilot

 
Minn Kota Riptide 70 SP Saltwater Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot (70-lb Thrust, 54" Shaft)
Minn Kota Riptide 70 SP Saltwater Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot (70-lb Thrust, 54" Shaft)

Minn-Kota trolling motor, Owners manual, Warranty card

New Deploy-Assist Lever

CoPilot is standard, new redesigned foot pedal is available as an option.

Digital Maximizer

 

MinnKota RipTide SF 80/BG Bowmount Trolling Motor

Arm yourself with the ultimate weapon against saltwater. The all-new MinnKota RipTide SF 80/BG Bowmount Trolling Motor features fewer moving parts, tighter tolerances, advanced corrosion protection and our revolutionary new Mono Arm. You get no-nonsense power, stealth operation and rugged, reliable performance-everything you need to put the destructive effect of saltwater in its place. The new RipTide hand control gives you the best of both worlds with its new Tilt/Extend Tiller handle. It can both tilt (up to 45 degrees) and extend (up to 6") to adjust to any situation and any style of fishing. The Counter tension stabilizer in the mounting bracket uses and integrated spring that applies force whether the motor is stowed or deployed. Ont the water, that translates to a motor with no play, no give, reduced torque and silent operation. This motor features 80lb of thrust from a 24 volt system and the end of a 52" shaft.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would like to purchase one unit of Minn Kota Riptide 55 Transom Mount with Tilt Twist Tiller and Digital Maximizer and the Power Center for use in Hong Kong. Can you please quote. Thanks. Eddie Chan. email eddiechan77@yahoo.com

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      HunterDan LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: All shipping is handled through Amazon. Click on the Buy Now and go through the steps as though you were purchasing the trolling motor. It will give you the information you need before you pay for the item.

      Good Luck and Thank you for Visiting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi

      I am interested in either the 50 lb thrust or 80 lb thrust Riptide saltwater transom mount motors. Efficiency is important as I will be using it as the outboard on a 12 ft RIB dinghy. I assume that with the maximiser technology the 80 lb unit is most efficient. I need to know the weight of the motors, not the shipping weight, and the power consumption of both motors at low, med and full throttle before deciding to buy. My comparison will be with the Torqeedo 1003. I look fwd to your feedback. Oh, and also the cost.

      Jim

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