MotorGuide Complete Trolling Motors
Fishing is a fun and relaxing pastime for many people. When passing time on the water, a trolling motor can help you navigate without engaging your powerful outboard. Reliable trolling motors are a common sight on fishing boats of all types and are used by fishermen from pro-level down to weekend warriors.What is MotorGuide?
MotorGuide is one of the larger manufacturers of trolling motors. They have been making quality, reliable, and easy-to-use motors since the 1960s. They also lead in pioneering technology such as wireless controls.What is a trolling motor?
Trolling motors are small, self-contained units that consist of an electric motor, controls, shaft, and propellers. They are useful for any fisherman for the following reasons:
- They act as a backup, and can operate with less disturbance than the outboard.
- They can navigate in tight spots or along structures.
- They troll with slow movement to drag lures.
- They can hold a specific position.
- They are easy to use while fishing, especially wireless models.
Though the specific parts and some advanced features can vary between models, each motor will have some basic parts:
- The shaft length can vary from 18 inches all the way up to 72 inches with the length needed determined by the craft it will be used on. A short boat or canoe/kayak will use a shorter shaft. A higher-clearance vessel, such as a pontoon, will need a longer shaft to reach the water.
- Controls are either in the unit, a footpad, or may be wireless depending on the model. Wireless allows control from anywhere on the craft.
- The batteries are mostly 12-volt sized. The motor itself will recommend whether to use a 12v, 24v or 36v setup, but the size of the boat also is important. Smaller craft can use a single 12v setup but will not be hurt by additional batteries which extend water time and power.
Trolling motors can range from 30 pounds of thrust up to 105. The main considerations on what thrust you need depend on the size of your craft and the weight it will be carrying. If you will have passengers or a fair amount of extra weight from gear, going up to a higher-thrust motor is recommended. Using a smaller motor than needed will drain your batteries quickly and may cause problems controlling the vessel. Using a bigger motor than recommended is not a problem, and is a tactic used by many fishermen. Here are some common measurements.
- A 15 foot boat is recommended to have a 36-lb. motor, with boats under that size needing less.
- Boats 16 feet to 19 feet in length will usually run at least a 40-lb. thrust motor, with up to 65 lbs. being appropriate.
- Boats that reach 20 feet or above should consider starting with a 74-lb. motor and going up to the 105-lb.