Maybe I can get some advice from the fishing guys on Internachi.
I am getting ready to put a 22’ US Yachts sailboat on my lake. 3000 lbs fully loaded. I will be sailing on my non-motorized lake of about 700 acres. I want the lightest electric trolling motor and battery as the lake is not large and its 15- 20 minutes at 5 knots from end to end if I lose the wind.
Next year I am on the Mississippi River and my boat has a 4 stroke 6 hp engine that runs well but I cant use that on my lake.
40- 55 lb thrust- 12 V deep cycle marine battery on a 36- 42" shaft should work.
Anyone on the forum moved a boat this large with a trolling motor?
I have a solar charging panel to keep the battery charged.
Paul… you should have posted this in the Arkansas section. All these Florida boys don’t know crap about lake (Bass) fishin’. Real bass boats are heavier than most think. Damned near any trolling motor (yes, more thrust the better) will get you where you need to be… as long as your battery isn’t in crap condition! Make sure you have the best/strongest/longest deep cycling Marine battery (NOT a Marine STARTING battery) money can buy. ALWAYS have it charged and tested before hitting the water if not frequently placed in service.
The trolling motor on my house boat got it around fine on a lake in no wind conditions. FWIW.
Edit… this is the boat I am referring too.
I just bought a 62lb thrust for my canoe to go backwater fishing.
I have the MinnKota Riptide Saltwater Series 55lb thrust 12 volt on my Carolina Skiff 16 JVX. The boat weighs @1400 lbs I believe w/ a full tank, gear/motor and two adults. It jerks that thing around like a red-headed stepchild.
If your sailboat weighs 3000lbs fully loaded, you may want to look into a 24 volt, maybe 36 volt system instead?
A 12 may work - not saying it won’t for sure but, considering the price of trolling motors today you’d hate to find out once you bought a 12 volt that it doesn’t have enough a s s to do what you need it to do.
As an example, My Brother’s 24’ Everglades center console weighs in @ 4000 lbs. and requires a 36 volt system.