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Trolling motor speed reducer
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gduk Offline

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Trolling motor speed reducer
Hi, I am new here, lot,s I don't know, so thought I would ask those who do, I am a Brit moved to Canada.
My girlfriend is rolling her eyes at yep another forum join....women....
I have a sit on pelican, 23kg weight, and have a Minn Kota 30lb motor, I see for trolling the speed is lower than I first thought, I guess if it had not just been MINUS THIRTY C here I could actually just test it rather than waste you guys time, will it, on lowest setting be too fast, can I put a speed controller to slow it even further?
It would really help because I can use the long winter here (Ontario) to get things made.
01-10-2018 11:43 AM
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solitario lupo Offline
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RE: Trolling motor speed reducer
This is a hard one to answer. On still water I'm sure will push you faster then you want to go in your top gear. I know when I'm on my boat using my trolling motor it all depends on the winds, currents, waves, etc. I guess try it out see what you think. If you think your to fast maybe a drift sock. Something with some weight.
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01-10-2018 07:42 PM
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Racerx Offline
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RE: Trolling motor speed reducer
Minnkota used to make a unit called a "Maximizer". I only know this because someone gave me an old trolling motor that came with one. What it essentially is, is a Pulse Width Modulator. You set your trolling motor at the highest setting, but control the speed, remotely, via the Maximizer. The unit is variable, so you have more than just the typical 5 speed settings, you have anything in between. These were made as a way of finding the right motor speed, while "maximizing" battery life. Now, these are old units, made around, oh, I think 1985? I'm pretty sure there are more modern inceptions out there. Still not sure if I'm gonna use my model, yet. The motor that came with it, was also vintage gear. I think a Minnkota model 10 motor? Damn thing only puts out 8 pounds of thrust! Seriously doubt that's gonna motor MY butt around a lake! Still trying to understand why anyone would build such a small output motor....

Anyway, I THINK this is kinda what you are looking for. If not, just ignore my babbling. Smile

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01-11-2018 10:48 AM
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jszymczyk Offline
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RE: Trolling motor speed reducer
so people want to put a motor on their kayaks to go FASTER now you want to go SLOWER. I understand it from a logical perspective, but these are two examples of "a solution in search of a problem".

"Let's see how much we can complicate this...."

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