How deep should I run my trolling motor?

How deep should a trolling motor prop be in the water?

A trolling motor’s ideal propeller should be at a depth that keeps about 6 inches of water above the blades. In other words, the centerline of the motor and the prop shaft should be about 12-18 inches below the waterline, depending on the make, model and dimensions of the trolling motor.

Can trolling motor be too deep?

A trolling motor’s propeller should be at least 12 in (30.5 cm) deep in the water. In choppy waters, that amount increases even more. It’s vital to keep the motor’s propeller below the water to avoid cavitation and startling the fish. However, your motor will still function under slight cavitation.

Can you run an electric trolling motor out of the 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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Can a trolling motor shaft be too long?

Always Go Long: If you’re struggling to decide between two lengths, pick the longer one. If the shaft ends up being a bit too long, you can always adjust the shaft depth upward with the depth collar adjustment found on nearly all trolling motors. But if you pick a shaft that’s too short, you’re simply out of luck.

How can I speed up my trolling motor?

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.

How long will a trolling motor run?

Almost 5 hours doesn’t seem too bad, but that is really a max runtime in ideal conditions. Reality is likely to be less. If the battery is old, damaged or not fully charged then you will not get the rated amp hours from it, reducing your runtime. Significant cold or hot weather will also reduce your runtime.

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 long should a trolling motor shaft be?

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″.

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Why is my trolling motor losing power?

Reason #1: Bad Battery

A battery or batteries should be checked regularly, as they they are the most common cause of the trolling motor losing power. If your lead-acid battery is over 3 years old, you probably need to replace it. In any case, there are a few things you can do to check if your battery is in good shape.

Are trolling motors water cooled?

In terms of keeping your motor cool, most two-stroke motor designs are air-cooled, thus eliminating the need of an expensive water pump for water-cooling.

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.

How do you measure transom height?

The height of the transom is calculated by measuring from the bottom of the hull to the top of the transom, using the center line. On most newer center consoles and offshore boat transoms might include a rear door leading to a swim platform as well as a molded setback bracket.