I have a 16' deep-v aluminum boat. The trolling motor died over the winter and I've been borrowing a transom mount hand operated TM while I decide what to buy. The only thing I know for sure right now is that I will buy some sort of bow mount TM.
Because the internet is so full with information, often time contradictory, I have reached my capacity with "research". I went to Cabela's in Scarborough, Me and looked at the various types they had. I wish I could put them on my boat then decide which I like. I'm leaning towards the Minn Kota Powerdrive v2 with Autopilot.
I was hoping to pick something up in the $500 range but that seems low, very low when adding various options.
I'm thinking a 12volt system is sufficient, only because thats what was on there before.
Can you offer any advice on what to get or what I should consider as must have options? Or what to stay away from?
Electric steer vs mechanical?
Size wise I was thinking 70 pounds of thrust. Too much? Not enough?
In the past I mostly used it to bass fish in freshwater ponds. This year and for years to come I plan to use it while Striper fishing in the Merrimack and Great Bay/Piscataucau. Does that mean I should only consider a salt water version? Can I use the MK PowerDrive V2 in the salt water?
I've read an awful lot of reviews that say the MotorGuides are no good, but there were plenty of people who aren't happy with their Minn Kotas either.
Thanks for any help and if there are more questions to consider please let me know.