Advice for a Small Boat

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby TJP » Mon May 19, 2014 5:21 pm

We used to run a 55lbs thrust off of the transom of our 12' V. I gave that boat to my buddy and he runs a 3hp electric motor off the back on his private lake (no gas motors). The 3hp is perfect for the 5 acre lake the boat is on, I'm not sure what that would come to in a lbs/thrust though. A bow mount will have an easier time pulling the boat than a transom mount will at pushing the boat at the same lbs/thrust. You could make your deck so it can hold a bow-mount trolling motor while you're fishing.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon May 19, 2014 7:45 pm

I used A 74lbs thrust transom with the head spun around off the front of my boat...
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Mon May 19, 2014 7:46 pm

Keep an eye on cragislist can some times find good deals
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Mon May 19, 2014 7:55 pm

I certainly have my eye open on craigslist...I just don't really even know what exactly I should be looking for haha!
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Mon May 19, 2014 9:36 pm

As big as you can afford would be my suggestion. You can't really overpower it, but you certainly could underpower it.

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Tue May 20, 2014 7:10 am

Right on. Now I just need to decide between transom and bow mount.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Tue May 20, 2014 7:23 am

Bow is nice, but transom always seems cheaper, and like hillbilly said, you could always mount a transom troller on the front. It'd be redneck, but would work

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Tue May 20, 2014 5:51 pm

Yes you can over power I've almost submarine 2 boats dew to much power
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Tue May 20, 2014 8:01 pm

From what I read it looks like 40 pound thrust would push around 500 pounds pretty easily - and that would be if I totally loaded the boat down. Usually it should only be around 300-400 pounds.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Wed May 21, 2014 7:45 pm

Front deck is done, just waiting for the paint to dry.

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby goldfish » Thu May 22, 2014 7:51 am

What did you make it out of?

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby xrated » Thu May 22, 2014 8:03 am

looks good.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Thu May 22, 2014 8:48 am

It is wood. I covered it in multiple coats of polyurethane to hopefully protect it from the water. It won't last forever, but it was just scrap wood I had around the house, so it will work for now.
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby StuStiltman » Thu May 22, 2014 5:59 pm

Looks good zee
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Thu May 22, 2014 7:38 pm

Thanks Stu!
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Fri May 23, 2014 7:05 am

Well, I am going to take the boat out on its maiden voyage tonight with my wife. Hopefully it works...

I picked up a MinneKota 40# trolling motor on Craigslist last night, and a battery that I charged up overnight.

We will see how it goes!
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby mutthunt » Fri May 23, 2014 7:38 am

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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby hillbilly.. » Fri May 23, 2014 1:48 pm

Lmfao ^^^^
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Re: Advice for a Small Boat

Postby zee-unit » Sat May 24, 2014 6:33 pm

The boat and motor worked great. No fish though, not even a bite...but it was a great night to be on the water with Hannah.

The next project is getting a blind built!
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