How much thrust

Discussion in 'Power it up with Electronics' started by wheatworth, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. wheatworth

    wheatworth I Love!

    I'm new to the skiff world and have purchased a Towee River Master 16 for my local rivers and lakes here in TN.

    I would like to put a trolling motor on her and was looking at the Minn Kota Power Drive V2.  My question is how much thrust should I get?  I know what the charts say which would indicate I should be fine with 45lbs since the boat is only 16' and I don't think, all in with boat, motor, people and gear, it would weigh more than 1500lbs, but the guys at BassPro said I should get 55lbs.

    Any sage advice for a newbie?

    Thanks for you time!
  2. fsae99

    fsae99 I Love!

    55lb thrust is what I'd go with.

    However, you say your are on rivers so you might want to consider a 24V 80 lb thrust. If you have a 3 mph current you wont make more than 1 mph with a 55lb thrust add in a head wind and you will not make forward progress. With the 80 you might get 2.5 mph upstream.

  3. with that much weight go with 80 lb thurst