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June 29, 2011


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I use a trolling motor just like this one on my Portabote as the dinghy outboard. Obvious disadvantage is that you don't plane, or even go very fast - about 3.5 to 4 kts with two of us and some gear aboard. Advantages - totally quiet, which makes for a nice cocktail crusie now and then; don't carry any gasoline onboard; and the big one - I use a separate deep cycle battery for this motor, which is stored on deck with a 1.5W solar panel attached. (For now it's in a battery box on the fantail - soon to move out of sight, into a fantail locker with a cable clam for the solar charger.) That "spare" battery has saved the day at least once, when our motor wouldn't start after several days on the hook and not running the engine. Just swapped it with the starting battery and we were back in business.

Good to know! I've been wanting to do that to the trolling motor I use to power my Avon and various shallow water craft.

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