5 hp motor on 2 man bass boat or another electric trolling motor? 5 hp motor on 2 man bass boat or another electric trolling motor?
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    5 hp motor on 2 man bass boat or another electric trolling motor?
from Dave (  
3/6/2003 8:47:00 AM


 I'm trying to see if it is worth spending about $1000 or so on a 5 hp motor for my 4 ft x 9 ft 2 man bass boat. I currently am using a 38-lb thrust trolling motor. I have used two trolling motors on my little bitty boat and it greatly helps my speed. But I don't have any hard numbers on how fast I am going with just one trolling and with two trolling motors. But I thought that maybe I'd be able to get going pretty fast with a 5 hp motor.

I would like to know if anyone could tell me about how fast I would go with a 5 hp motor and about how fast my 38-lb thrust trolling motor is moving me as well. If you do suggest a 5 hp motor, please explain why. Also, Let me know whether 4 stroke or 2 stroke is better.


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   Gas motor from Uncle Pauper (  3/6/2003 9:28:00 AM
 If it were me, I'd get the gas motor if you are going to fish lakes over 100 acres in size. It will make a lot better time than the electric. In fact with one person that boat will very likely get on plane with a good 5 hp.

I can't see any advantage to the 4-stroke for the amount of gas you'll likely burn anyway. Pocket the change and get something with less moving parts while you still can.

   I had a 2 man Water Scamp............... from Spotted Bass  3/6/2003 9:31:00 AM
 and to me it just seemed to be a waste of time, effort and money to mount a small outboard to it. One TM did just fine and for those rare ocassions that additional thrust was needed, we put a small kicker TM in the back. I think the bottom line is if you are fishin where a 5hp motor is a necessity on that rig, you would be better suited to use a jonboat for safety and efficiency reasons. JMO


   5hp from Catset (  3/6/2003 10:30:00 AM
 I run a 5 Hp Merc 2 Stroke on my 15' square stern canoe. Runs pretty well, I don't know what speed but its plenty fast. Watch out for debris in the water though, I've been thrown out once (in 45 degree water not fun at all) and almost out a second time from stuff hitting the foot. Always use the kill switch!

   Small motors... from Jeff Southern (  3/6/2003 10:38:00 AM
 In all of my testing of electric drive systems, I have found that a 5hp gas engine will not push a small boat much better than an electric motor. The problem is that the small boats do not have enough planing surface to get the boat up on the plane with the weight of a person, battery and gear. However, you do tend to have more range with a gas engine.

If you want a gas engine, I would suggest the Briggs & Stratton 5hp as it is light weight and can be purchased on-line for $700.00 + about $50.00 UPS ground Shipping....

I am using this outboard as the base for a 5hp electric outboard that I am producing that can be used on lakes that do not allow gas engines. The power head is a 6hp InTech Briggs & Stratton Motor.

If you can't find one, I can sell you one at a fairly good discount... Heck, I can even throw in a spare power head for you...

   Trolling Motor if it were me from tx_basser  3/6/2003 1:22:00 PM
 Get a 12 volt trolling motor and put in two batteries. You can literally fish all day.

   Agree w/ tx basser from TXJHawk (  3/6/2003 2:47:00 PM
 I fish out of a similar 2man rig and I do exactly what tx basser suggests (2 batteries). If it's speed you're after, I think you may as well forget about a 2man. Or get a canoe...it would be faster!

   My experience from Tony (  3/7/2003 4:16:00 AM
 I have a 12 foot aluminum jon boat powered by a 6hp Merc that when fully loaded with myself, a partner and plenty of gear, will cruise at about 30 to 35 mph.

   lol Tony you dont have... from RedAllison (  3/7/2003 12:48:00 PM
 a 99 TR20/200 that runs 78 do ya? lmao sorry j/k! Dave the BEST solution here is that you buy Tony's 6hp. If itll push his 12' beater 35 then you oughta get an EASY 50+ from a Water Scamp. Think of all the money youll save not havin to buy a bigger "faster" boat. Just whip this lil jewel out at the lake and run wif da big dawgs! Woohee the scamp went from a "PONDtoon" to a tunnel bottom in one fell swoop. Might wanna have the transom rodded and glass on new "pads" under each sponson and then...


   I'm with Red Allison - Geesh!!!!!!!!!!!! from Bitterone (  3/8/2003 12:32:00 AM
 Sorry Tony, but in all reality I'd say your speedo is a little "happy" to the tune of about 20MPH, or more!!!!!!!!!



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