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Trolling motor lifetime?

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Hi everyone.

This might be a dumb question. How long does a bowmount trolling motor last? My trolling motor is going on 6 years and I'm wondering should I start looking a new trolling motor?

Thanks!!!!!

Brian

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It all depends on how much you use it. Mine I can usually get a couple of years before some thing breaks but it can always be fixed. The trolling motor that I have now has had just about everything replaced on it and it is only 2 years old. I would start to look for a new one when you want to upgrade.

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If it's working fine then I would ride it out, unless you want to replace it.

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I have a bow mount Minnkota at least 12 and a transom mount I got around 1980 never went down,yet workin,I did get a new transom motor 1&1/2 yrs ago and am lookin for a bow this year or next no hurry like I said mine yet works.

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I use mine just about every day in the summer... had mine 5 years and still going strong.. if it aint broke.. dont fix it!

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I received an old Minnkota transom mount from my father in law when I got my boat 6 years ago. (His current MK bowmount is easily 10-15 years old with no problems either). Don't know how old it was (early 80's maybe??) but it worked flawlessly for the 2 years I kept it. I decided to get a bowmount and sold the transom mount on ebay for 3/4 the cost of a new one. Go figure.

There is a market for used ones if you have a reason to upgrade. I wouldn't worry about it's reliablity however.

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 Originally Posted By: porterhouse
Hi everyone.

This might be a dumb question. How long does a bowmount trolling motor last? My trolling motor is going on 6 years and I'm wondering should I start looking a new trolling motor?

Thanks!!!!!

Brian

I have a minkota 65 that is a 1970 vintage that has served two generations. I have had it into Vexilar/Motor Clinic for a general overhall(seals,brushes,bearings) once.

Actually everthing in the motor is replaceable and the motor can be rebuilt.

If you are satisfied with the motors performance it should last you for many years.

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Thanks everyone for the quick feedback!!!

Brian

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