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55lb or 70lb bow mount

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having different people tell me different things. Just upgraded on a boat never owned a bow mount before. I bought a 17' tourny pro tiller, want to know if the 55lb would do the job up front?

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You will never be sorry if you get the bigger one. Always go one size bigger than you need.

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Badger,

I have the 1700 Fisherman with a 150 Yam on the back, so there's plenty of weight to the boat, probably more than your tiller boat. I think 55lb is plenty of thrust to pull the boat around in most applications. I've used in to troll cranks in calm to medium waters and had no need for more power. I would prefer longer battery life (24volt system) vs. the 12v, especially when trolling cranks. For working breaklines or shorelines with jigs or rigs, It's been more than enough thrust to suit my needs.

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No doubt get the 24V motor, run time is greatly increased. The 24V draws less amps per #thrust plus you have twice as much battery. I've never had anybody complain about being over powered but I've heard complaints about not enough!!

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You could get by with the 55, but if you get the 70 you'll be glad you did. Get a 60" shaft too.

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That is a pretty good sized boat. I would recomend getting the 24v 70 lb'er. If you are working in any kind of chop you will be glad you have the extra snort.

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Like everyone else says, get the 24v 70lb motor.

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Kind of beating a dead horse here, but was watching Angling Edge a few weeks back, and one of Al Linder's biggest points of emphasis for the show was to never underpower your trolling motor. Put the most power possible up front and you'll never be dissapointed. I can say from personal experience that it is miserable fishing when you are trying to hold a break-line in a big wind with an underpowered trolling motor. Go for the 70lb or more!

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I had a 55-pound 24v on my old boat (165 magnum CS) and it was great for that boat. At times I still wished that I would have had bigger on that boat!

No question -- spend the extra money and max out -- you will be glad you did. Look at it as a one-time purchase and do it right the first time.

60-inch shaft is VERY smart as well. that FisherDog is a smart cat! wink.gif

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Ahh, perhaps my mantra will help here:

"I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it!"

Get the larger motor. You can never have too much, especially when you need that extra little push.

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common thing I see ppl talkign about. Stupid question take warning!!! Im not very electronically adapted but 24 volt system means 2 batteries for one trolling motor?? what about the other goodies like depthfinders gps and what?? Does that go on one 24 volt system?? confused.gif

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You need to run a staring battery line on 3-bank charger..

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Trolling motor goes on the deep cycles, thats it. The power surges a trolling motor can create havock not to mention if they get hooked up wrong...poof...no more sonar.

As for the motor go big, no doubt about it. When the wind is blowing and the rest have gone home you will be happy you did it. Also go long shaft, all the power in the world is worthless if the prop keeps popping out of the water.

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Bassboy,

The trolling motor (24V) runs on two batteries. All other electronics are usually hooked to your starting battery, (12V).

Cliff

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yeah, well looks like its I am going with the 70, can't hurt huh, plus it will probably help my boat plane out a little easier with that little extra weight.

Thanks guys

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Remember, now you need to put another $100 into another Deep Cycle Battery. smile.gif

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I'm going through the same deal right now. I have a 14' lund and am looking into a 65lb thrust bow mount but thought for a second it might be overkill. I thought again and pictured how nice it would be to hold the boat in strong winds or troll boards all day long with the auto pilot. I'm gonna go big as well.

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