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Old 05 March 2016, 08:48   #1
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What size trolling engine?

I have a 3.3m Brig Dingo inflatable with wood floor panels. I want to get an electric trolling motor for it but am unsure what lb thrust I'll need. Any advice gratefully received.
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Old 05 March 2016, 09:21   #2
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I don't think they allow "trolling" on this website!!!
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Old 06 March 2016, 07:54   #3
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Electric motors

Hope it's not heretical to ask this on this forum, but here goes.
I have a 3.3m Brig Dingo inflatable with wood floor panels. I want to get an electric trolling motor for it but am unsure what lb thrust I'll need.
Any advice gratefully received.
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Old 06 March 2016, 08:19   #4
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Hope it's not heretical to ask this on this forum, but here goes.

I have a 3.3m Brig Dingo inflatable with wood floor panels. I want to get an electric trolling motor for it but am unsure what lb thrust I'll need.

Any advice gratefully received.

At one time you would have been run out of town for asking that,,,,,, but we're more tolerant towards Br1gs these days😎
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I want to get an electric trolling motor for it but am unsure what lb thrust I'll need
The simple answer would be it depends!

There's not many people here with electric motors, and direct comparison between petrol and electric is difficult. But there is a "head to head" here: http://www.lehruk.com/wp-content/upl...-Test-Lehr.pdf
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Old 06 March 2016, 11:44   #6
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I bought one five years ago 30lbs thrust 130 for use on a 2.5 m sib to use in the river for the grandkids. Didn't push it along very fast and soon as it got near weed it stopped for the money best getting petrol engine much longer range.

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Please don't use them trolling motors (egg whisks) on the sea. find the weight of your boat, go to either a merc / mar dealer and on a box of a trolling motor, there is a graph boat weight and the motor required for it. There is info on here in the past which you might find useful, pounds thrust to horse power, I have forgotten what it is know being retarded sorry retired these past few years..
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OK, so I have a trolling motor like you describe. I bought it for effortless Canadian canoeing in the sea because a petrol OBM was a bit too heavy to hang off the side of the canoe and also the trolling motor is beautifully quiet on the river.

I guess there are any number of questions, firstly, why?
Where do you wish to use it, and for what?

I'd not use it on a SIB in the sea, it simply doesn't have enough grunt.

I have a 55lb Minn Kota Riptide. Perfect for what I wanted. And used as a backup in the SIB if I can be bothered to take it.

I went 55lb as that's the highest you can go at 12v. Higher and you need a 24v system.

I'd get 3ish hours out of a 110ah deep cycle battery (about 25kgs).

It would push the canoe along at about 6kts with 2 adults and 2 kids on board in favourable conditions.

Once used it to push a 14ft speed boat back to harbour against wind and tide, was going about 1kt and at times I wondered if we would make it back!

If you intend to use in the sea (I'd not recommend it), make sure you get one designed for the sea.

For the price of a good trolling motor and battery you could have a much more powerful 2 or 3hp OBM, and that's new!
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I answered your other thread on this question
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A Brig fricken what?!! Dear old dear.
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