Can a 55 pound thrust trolling motor run a 24 ft pontoon? Minn Kota Powerdrive v2 with i-Pilot
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Can a 55 pound thrust trolling motor run a 24 ft pontoon? Minn Kota Powerdrive v2 with i-Pilot

August 31, 2019


hey guys so out here striper fishing I’ve
got a 24 foot pontoon boat the fish and ski model.
I do a lot of fishing and I like to do a lot of striper fishing so I’m out here on
Lake Hartwell today but one thing I need is a trolling motor and I had some
debate as far as which one to get. When you look on the internet there’s a lot
of talk about for 24 foot pontoon I really need to go with a 24 volt model
so they’ve got like I’m in coder that thinks 70 horsepower makes any center
camera exactly which would require you you don’t have to run to batteries and I
really didn’t want to deal with two batteries because we do water sports and
then we’ll swap it out for fishing back and forth so I don’t want to have to
deal with two batteries and that whole set up the one would happen a bigger
motor so I went ahead and what what I think this is a diamond right it’s a 55
horse it’s the MinnKota power driver tip had
it about two years now you know what what I ended up doing really quickly
after I got it was I went and got the I pilot swap out the head unit on here
well I pilot there’s no control but what’s awesome about it is I got this
anchor thing so when I’m cruising around and I’m looking for striper and I mark
some fish I can just hit anchor and that holds the boat I mean it’s a 24-foot
pontoon now I haven’t done this with you know 18
20 mile an hour winds but I will tell you in ten nine hour winds it holds my
boat in place and it may drift off a little bit and it’ll bring me right back
good enough for me to hover over the target fish that I’ve marked and fish
with themselves overall I’ve been pretty pleased with the performance of it you
know what if you’re on a really super windy day yeah you probably could use a
bigger one but I haven’t really had a problem with what I’ve got and I you
just saw many many nights and but I’ll see I’m if you look in the battery here
I actually have a bait tank with an aerator running for my for my herring
and this battery has been running all morning I don’t know it’s going on 10:30
or so and it’s probably been running since about 6:30 or so ices been run
about six I want to end with the bait tank up and got depth of water area so
it’s been running the motor I’ve been anchored for quite some time as we’re
catching some stripers here but it holds it’s in place good so you know I guess
bottom line unless you’re fishing and really really
windy rough weather you don’t have to go with a with a higher horsepower now it
would be nice I just didn’t want to fool with the dual battery setup and all that
kind of stuff cuz I think things didn’t know I guess that so but it is really
nice that anchor featured the feature just keeps the boat right where you’re
at off to deal with physical anchors and all those kind of things so it works
well my 24-foot pontoon fish down here in this depth at range
right here you can see that okay but bass guy i hovered over this hump if you
look right here in this circle that’s where I’ve been for the last 45 minutes
and it’s all because of my power drive v2 it’s an anchor mode boom dropping
their most everywhere here’s my power drive and you can see the a here
hopefully seen a picture a says anchor and that’s that power drive v2 you can
see there’s chop on the water it’s been windy all night but that 55 pound thrust
motor has been holding my boat in this position where the circles that you see
here on the map here where the circles that’s been holding my boat for the last
half hour in this weather and doing a good job with it keep me right on the
point I want to be I got fish on fish on hi

11 Comments

  • Reply D Wayne November 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    How fast can you troll with a couple of friends with the 55 lb thrust motor? What all up weight, boat and people, do you usually troll with? Thanks

  • Reply Adam Hagen December 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    do you fish with baits on bottom? I have a 18 ft bass buggy and am adding a trolling motor this spring. I mainly walleye fish but I do go sturgeon fish and catfish 4-5 times a year would the anchor mode hold well enough to keep a bait on bottom in moderate current?

  • Reply Eng setters February 4, 2019 at 2:04 am

    Thanks for taking the time to make this video, I have a 20 foot pontoon and plan on getting a trolling motor and like you I dont feel like dealing with 2 batteries. I do some striper fishing, mostly cat fish and like to do a slow troll, on the windy days a drift sock works great but hate the days with no wind.

  • Reply Allyza Rucker February 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Lake Hartwell, SC? I'm at lake Murray. Great catch by the way!! She looked like a pro! Now just to get my daughter to love fishin like that, lol!!

  • Reply L V February 26, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    What is your shaft length? I am looking to buy, but don't know what shaft length to get? Great video buy the way….FISH- On!

  • Reply Charlie Jones March 11, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    What I'm looking for is a backup plan for those days I'm on the water and there's no one else and My gas motor want start for some reason. Would a 55LB get my 24 footer back to boat ramp? I usually stay within 2 miles of a Ramp.

  • Reply Larry Belt April 2, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks for the video. You're going to be a lot happier when you get dual batteries, put everything away under the seats with no exposed cables.

  • Reply bufunga April 25, 2019 at 4:41 am

    You guys look like you had a camp wedding

  • Reply Razorbck511 MacKey June 14, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Just add a second battery in parallel and double the amp hours and you could stay out for two days….lol

  • Reply Part-Time Picker June 20, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Just the video i was looking for thanks. I have a 20ft pontoon on our small lake and wondered if a 55lb thrust would get me back to the cottage if my old motor took a dive.

  • Reply Anthony Acevedo July 4, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    Thanks 🙏

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