What is the best depth for a trolling motor?

Choosing the correct trolling motor shaft length is important so that the angler’s electric motor does not cavitate, creating fish-spooking noise. The rule of thumb is that the top of the motor section should be submerged 12″.

How far into the water should a trolling motor be?

Submersion Rule: You’ll want the top of the motor submerged at LEAST 12″ under the water to ensure adequate power and to prevent noisy cavitation which will scare fish.

How deep should my prop be in the water?

If you have a short shaft motor, the top most part of the transom and the lower most part of the boat should be about 15 to 16 inches. For a long shaft, I think 20 to 21 inches is correct.

Can a trolling motor shaft be too long?

A trolling motor shaft can be too long. If the trolling motor shaft is too long, you risk the propeller hitting bottom or the inability to stow the motor properly. Too long of a shaft can not only damage the propeller but also the rest of the motor and the environment beneath the water as well.

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Can you adjust depth of trolling motor?

Raise or lower the depth of the trolling motor. Do not set the motor depth so low that it compresses the coiled cable. When the coiled cable is compressed, it will be damaged by friction as the motor steers, and may cause unexpected movement when using the anchor lock feature.

How can I make my trolling motor faster?

Make Your Trolling Motor Faster

  1. Make Your Trolling Motor Faster.
  2. Change the Battery.
  3. Reduce the Load of the Canoe.
  4. Fix a more Streamlined Propeller.
  5. Put on Lighter Attire.
  6. Replace the Existing Motor.
  7. Conclusion.

What is the strongest trolling motor?

Minn Kota has introduced the most powerful trolling motor on the market featuring 112 pounds of thrust.

How far below the boat should your prop be?

A boat rigger’s rule of thumb is that the motor can be raised one inch for each eight to 10 inches of distance between the transom and prop. As the prop moves further aft, it’s also likely to be in cleaner, “harder” water, and be more efficient.

What happens if outboard is too high?

If it’s too high, the propeller tends to ventilate, losing its bite on the water and blowing out while turning and in steep seas. “If the prop consistently ventilates when heading down a steep wave, the outboard is probably set too high,” says Dean Corbisier, advertising and public relations manager for Suzuki Marine.

What happens when outboard is mounted too high?

Too high usually results in low water pressure, prop letting go in turns, or lack of bow lift are usually the telltale signs. Sometimes porpoising is caused by too much bow lift and dropping the motor will give it more bite and make it worse.

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What size trolling motor do I need?

General rule of thumb: you need at least 2 lbs. of thrust for every 100 lbs. of fully-loaded boat weight (people and gear included). If things like wind or current are major factors where you fish, you’ll want a little extra thrust.

How does Minn Kota measure shaft length?

Measure down from the mounting surface of the transom or bow to the water level. Add 5″ to waterline measurement for fishing in rough water. Add 12″ to waterline measurement for steering a hand control motor while standing. Use this measurement and the tables below to find the appropriate shaft length.

Can you adjust trolling motor height?

A good trolling motor mechanic can change or modify a shaft and adjust the mount so everything fits your needs.

What is the difference between bow mount and transom mount?

While bow mounts require that a plate be drilled on the bow of the boat, transom mounts easily attach to the boat’s stern with a simple clamp. Transom mounts are also much easier to operate from the back of the boat, and don’t clutter up the deck with foot pedals or cords as bow mount motors often do.

Can you run trolling motor out of water?

Your motor is cooled by the water around it, while running it out of the water for a very short time would be OK, it would take a long time to drain the battery much running the motor out of the water with no load. Why risk damaging a very expensive TM to just drain the battery down.

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