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    Anyone use any non-saltwater trolling motors in the salt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrjfish8 View Post
    Anyone use any non-saltwater trolling motors in the salt?
    Are you talking about an electric trolling motor? If you are then my answer is I have never seen or heard of anyone using one.

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    Electric and saltwater in the same sentence makes me cringe. It might work fine, for awhile...

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    I have one on my Kenai boat, and use it when drifting to control the boat. It is a sealed unit, so I think it would be fine in the salt, but I can't imagine trying to get anywhere with it. I would say it is about 1/10 the amount of thrust as my 2hp honda gas motor has, and is similar to wat I could do with oars. How would you plan on using it? As a back or main moto? What size boat?
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    There are electric trolling motors specifically designed for salt and ones for fresh water. I see no reason why you couldn’t use a fresh water designated electric trolling motor in salt, only that you would probable be throwing it in the trash sooner.

    Cabela’s has good assortment of Salt water Electric trolling motors.
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    I've used 'em on inflatable canoes over the years... ran perfectly and always tried to clean 'em off.

    This past season --- Minn Kota Pro 38 thrust gave me (with one passenger and a dry bag) a quiet, effortless slow cruise... as many knots comparable to two paddling in-sync and constant.

    No real performance, yet relaxing... a nice time out on the water... just fine when you have the daylight, water, weather, & time.

    Cool pic on the water the last day out with this set-up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Richardson View Post
    I've used 'em on inflatable canoes over the years... ran perfectly and always tried to clean 'em off.

    This past season --- Minn Kota Pro 38 thrust gave me (with one passenger and a dry bag) a quiet, effortless slow cruise... as many knots comparable to two paddling in-sync and constant.

    No real performance, yet relaxing... a nice time out on the water... just fine when you have the daylight, water, weather, & time.

    Cool pic on the water the last day out with this set-up.
    I've thought about this on an 8-foot dinghy. Just for tooling around the cove, quitely, and without the expense of a true outboard.

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