I'm going to purchase a trolling set up soon, problem is i don't know too much about it.
My canoe is a 15.5' square back. I'm thinking about getting a 40lb Minn Kota (max speed appx 4mph?). I was toying with the idea of going up to a 50lb but i imagine that would drain the battery rather quickly yeh?
I know very little about the battery, i was doing some reading on here and it sounds like a good direction to head is towards an AGM battery? I dont know which brand to look at. Being lightweight would obviously be nice. Rather not spend over $150.
I'd like one of those electronic battery boxes, I imagine those are handy.
Anyhow if you have any advice to post i'd appreciate it.
SIDENOTE: If i can figure out how to upload pics i'll drop a few.
When I had my canoe (10' wide body) I had a Minkota 50 on it.
With a regular deep cycle marine battery (same size as a car battery - got the cheapest one they had at West Marine - about $50 I think).
I put the battery in the front of the canoe with the the motor in the back to balance out the weight.
On the battery side I attached heavy guage wires to the + and - sides about a foot long each. I then wired those to a three prong (female) plug (leaving one of the "prongs" dead/empty).
On the motor side I wired the male 3-prong plug in the same configuration.
With this setup all I had to do was drop the batter into the boat and plug the motor in - no messing around with wing nuts or anything.
When at home I would just keep the battery in the garage on a trickle charger.
With this setup I was able to troll for an entire day before the battery would be drained.
The only issue I had was that the trolling motor on the lowest speed would still push the canoe too fast for trolling - I remedied this be just turing the motor 180 degrees and trolling at the lowest speed in reverse. This worked great!
I also got one of the little Scotty hand crank downriggers and it worked well for a canoe as well.
Man- now that I think of it, I wish I hadn't sold that little thing, it was a sweet setup!