I have a Sea Hunt BX 22 Pro. I’m looking at the Minn Kota Ripetide 80 # thrust. Ist that enough thrust for bay fishing? What length shaft would you recommend?
The length will be determined by the distance from your bow to the water line and the thrust is determine by the weight of your boat. West Marine has a nice page that explains the selection of a trolling motor. http://www.westmarine.com/WestAdvisor/Get-the-Right-Size-Trolling-Motor
I will be doing the same thing this week and will be purchasing the Minn Kota Riptide Terrova Saltwater.
If it helps, I have a Skeeter 22ft Bay boat, which is one heavy boat. I recently put a Minn Kota iPilot 80# thrust on and it seems to be more than strong enough to pull the boat. I had the spot lock engauged and it was running at about 1/3rd power keeping the boat in place against a pretty moderate current. Just to throw this out there, if you want to go with more power, you will have to add a third battery for 36volts. If you want to meet up one evening to see how mine performs with the 80# thrust if that would help you out.
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dwhite, we usually rig this boat with the 80# minn kota with the 60" shaft but we have also used the 112#. Just depends on how fast you want to go. the 60" shaft is nice if you are in rougher water so the motor stays in the water.
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I have a Pathfinder 2200 with ttop and eisenglass…spot lock with 80# thrust will hold me on the lake in a 12-15mph wind…also, If you are buying new, I would highly recommend the Minn Kota Rip Tide Ulterra, the stow and deploy feature is awesome. I’ve had mine now for 5 months and not having to run to the bow every time I stop is really really convenient.
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limitout, glad to hear you re enjoying the ulterra. mine is still in the box until i sell my current i-pilot. that s a lot of money and i m glad to hear good comments on it.