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Trolling motor shaft length for the frontier?
December 26, 2012
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Is a 18 inch shaft long enough to work properly on the frontier, I was looking at the motor guide 46# vari-max trolling motor? I also found a trolling motor on boatstogo.com it is a 26 inch shaft and has 55lbs of thrust. It has some neat features and the price is really attractive. Does anybody have any experience with theses motors they would like to share? I would prefer the variable speed over the 5 speed forward and three speed reverse model but $150.00 difference pays for the battery and then some. Any input is appreciated as I am in full shopping mode. I like the bass yaks but $1,000.00 for the kit is just to much and I still have to buy a battery.

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December 26, 2012
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Gary,

I have a MK 55lb 5 for. speed/ 3 rev. speed 36″ shaft, it does a good job on the Frontier. I also have a friend that has a MK 40 lb on a Classic and he says it is more motor then he needs, he never runs it on high speed. I don’t have to run mine on high speed either and it pushes it just fine.

I have read some bad reviews on the Motor Guide Vari-Max trolling motors, they are saying they don’t hold up very good.

IMO, you would be better off going with the 5/3 speed set up on a trolling motor. And I would have to say, any TM from a 40#- 55# will do a good job.

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December 26, 2012
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Thanks c/fly if you have a chance check the motor out on boatstogo.com and let me know your thoughts. Not trying to advertise for that site but would really appreciate any info I can get on those motors. The tilting head and 26 inch shaft length are what I like.

Garyo3

December 27, 2012
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Hi guys. Where exactly are you putting your batteries? I would imagine up front. If you were riding two in the Frontier for example then it seems like the battery should go into where the front storage area is located. Are you using a group 24 battery and does it fit in there?

December 27, 2012
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18″ is fine, that what I cut mine down to, I’m running a 30# 5/3, with no problem, size 27 batt. , up front, fish by my self. This is an awesome set up, I fish all day and cover many a mile. mikeSmileWink

December 27, 2012
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I, too, fish single with an electric motor. My seat is positioned with my feet at midship. I’ve placed the battery right up tight to the seat. Steering is done with flexible joint extension handle. The balance is just about perfect. This configuration allows the front deck to stay clean, no wires running anywhere up there. When I drive , I just turn abit, steer with right hand and rest the tiller on the battery box when done running, which makes it really easy to reach and start moving again.

A couple times when I’ve run aground{I know it’s never happened to anyone else) I spin around, slid my butt onto the battery box, and scoot the rest of the way back to the motor to lift it up and lay it down. GOD BLESS FRONTIER STABILITY, cause I’ve done that in a little bit of a chop……COULDN’T DO THAT IN MANY OTHER BOATS….
Oh, I’m using an Endura/Minn-cota 30″ shaft
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December 27, 2012
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I use a group 27 battery, but a group 24 will work ok.
If you will look under “Rigging and Outfitting” I have a post there, (1 Winter Project Done), with pics of how I rig mine. Most all wires are hidden, battery is up front. Also I am planning on cutting my shaft down some, just not done it yet.

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December 27, 2012
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ack-yak said

I, too, fish single with an electric motor. My seat is positioned with my feet at midship. I’ve placed the battery right up tight to the seat. Steering is done with flexible joint extension handle. The balance is just about perfect. This configuration allows the front deck to stay clean, no wires running anywhere up there. When I drive , I just turn abit, steer with right hand and rest the tiller on the battery box when done running, which makes it really easy to reach and start moving again.

A couple times when I’ve run aground{I know it’s never happened to anyone else) I spin around, slid my butt onto the battery box, and scoot the rest of the way back to the motor to lift it up and lay it down. GOD BLESS FRONTIER STABILITY, cause I’ve done that in a little bit of a chop……COULDN’T DO THAT IN MANY OTHER BOATS….
Oh, I’m using an Endura/Minn-cota 30″ shaft
ack-yak Bob

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December 27, 2012
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NukeCanoe said

ack-yak said

I, too, fish single with an electric motor. My seat is positioned with my feet at midship. I’ve placed the battery right up tight to the seat. Steering is done with flexible joint extension handle. The balance is just about perfect. This configuration allows the front deck to stay clean, no wires running anywhere up there. When I drive , I just turn abit, steer with right hand and rest the tiller on the battery box when done running, which makes it really easy to reach and start moving again.

A couple times when I’ve run aground{I know it’s never happened to anyone else) I spin around, slid my butt onto the battery box, and scoot the rest of the way back to the motor to lift it up and lay it down. GOD BLESS FRONTIER STABILITY, cause I’ve done that in a little bit of a chop……COULDN’T DO THAT IN MANY OTHER BOATS….
Oh, I’m using an Endura/Minn-cota 30″ shaft
ack-yak Bob

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December 28, 2012
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Thank you for the info. IS THE GENERAL CONSENSUS THAT A 30LB THRUST MOTOR WILL BE SUFFICENT FOR THE FRONTIER??? This is the only one they offer in a 30 inch shaft. The new endura C-2 can be bought for $100.00 which leaves me using the extra $ to upgrade to a AGM battery.

Garyo3

December 28, 2012
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Garyo3, That’s the motor I have and it’s fine for 90% of the fishing I do. I’m in local lakes (Small ponds to you Southern guys) most of the time with no current, just sometimes a little wind…..it’s good there. BUT when I’m in the local tidal waters I have to tell you it is barely adequate in fighing a strong tidal flow & strong wind. My guess is, in a running river, you could use a bit more thrust.(remember I’m talking a STRONG CURRENT & HIGH WIND)
It’s possible that Dick’s Sporting Goods may have discount coupons for that motor. For the price and general use it’s not bad at all. Mines been in saltwater and washed each time, and hasn’t corroded at all.
Hope this helps, maybe some others will chime in with more info…. ack-yak Bob

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I was running my frontier with a endura 30 minn kota with an optima battery. Lasted around 2hrs at full throttle then id die out. Both motor and battery was in the back, no problems with weight.

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Helix,

Did you have all your tackle and gear in the back as well? Just wondering, I bought the material to run the battery from the front as well.

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