I have an aire leopard that I would like to put a motor on and had an idea that might be off the wall. I was on a river doing a float a couple of weekends ago and had several boats go by on motor. Frankly the noise was abit annoying. The other thing is that gas motors aren't cheap. Recently I was at Sportsmans Warehouse and got to looking at the electric trolling motors. They are cheaper and much quieter. Does anyone have any expereince with them? What I am thinking is a trolling motor hooked to the battery with a solar charger for the battery. In the end it might be more expensive for the complete set up but you wouldn't have to worry about gas/gas prices. Based on the info on the cabela's website for a 2500 lb boat (boat weight plus capacity with a built in margin) you would need a trolling motor with ~62 pounds of thrust. They make them all the way up to 80 lbs of thrust or even a 106. So in theory it should have enough power.
So any experience with an electric motor or am I just crazy.