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Old 11-25-2018, 06:53 PM
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Default Boat size for Minn Kota Ultera 112 or Rodan trolling motor

I and considering purchasing either a 25 foot (5800 lb dry weight) or a 28 foot (dry weight 6400 lb) Parker SC XLD. I would like to equip the boat with a trolling motor. Does anyone have experience with a boat this size and a Minn Kota Ulterra 112?
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Old 11-26-2018, 01:06 PM
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I put a Rhodan on a 31' Cat this year.
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I have a Rhodan on a 26' Cat. love it.
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I have the Ultra on the Bow of my 26 Yellowfin.
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Old 11-26-2018, 04:43 PM
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We have the Rhodan on a 25’ Cobia.

Have a video showing how close it gets us to the rock piles (look at the 10:20 mark in the vid).

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These are nice size boats. How much do they weigh? How does the electric motor handle them?
I often fish 10 -25 miles off the New Jersey coast in 10-15 knot winds with 3-4 foot seas. Could these electric motors handle these conditions with a 28 foot Parker weighing 6400 pounds?
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Originally Posted by Seabass3 View Post
These are nice size boats. How much do they weigh? How does the electric motor handle them?
I often fish 10 -25 miles off the New Jersey coast in 10-15 knot winds with 3-4 foot seas. Could these electric motors handle these conditions with a 28 foot Parker weighing 6400 pounds?
Shaft length is going to be your issue with 3-4' seats. If they are rollers and the bow isn't constantly popping out of the water you'll be fine. However, get the longest shaft you can get.
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Originally Posted by Seabass3 View Post
These are nice size boats. How much do they weigh? How does the electric motor handle them?
I often fish 10 -25 miles off the New Jersey coast in 10-15 knot winds with 3-4 foot seas. Could these electric motors handle these conditions with a 28 foot Parker weighing 6400 pounds?
That could be tough, you run the risk of cavitation, which sucks. Maybe next time you go out in your most typical seas you can go up on the bow while at anchor with a tape measure and get an idea on if a 72” or 84” shaft will be able to stay in the water. Then at least you will have an educated guesstimate on viability.

A while back I asked Onslow Bay about adding a trolling motor on the 27, this was before the discussions of having spot lock on bigger boats was a common thing to talk about. The response I got back from them was that OB was a serious offshore boat, not a flats boat. Well, no shit! I had to explain to them the benefits of spot lock, like they never even heard of it or even considered it.

I bet Minn Kota could take something like a Talon body and merge it with a riptide to be a bow mounted trolling motor with a shaft that retracts up in a telescoping fashion instead of a fixed shaft. It would be cool to see a boat manufacturer have a molded in compartment up front for something like that in place of, or in addition to, the anchor rest. Then I guess they would be able to utilize higher thrust motors for the bigger boats, since you are no longer trying to lift and stow. I guess my point is there is plenty of room for innovation here both at the trolling motor and boat manufacturing levels..

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I have a 26' cat with a 72" Rodan, fished all day yesterday in 3 footers with 6 sec intervals and 14 MPH wind, the boat never moved of the spot.
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Coral Head, 24 or 36 volt?
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Coral Head, 24 or 36 volt?
Sorry 36 volt
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MK 36v terrova on my 25'. 72" shaft.
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Old 12-01-2018, 07:43 PM
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Default How much does a 26 foot Cat weigh?

Anyone have any experience with a 6000 lb or greater boat using a trolling motor?
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Originally Posted by Seabass3 View Post
Anyone have any experience with a 6000 lb or greater boat using a trolling motor?
On one of the threads there was a guy who installed one a 37' Freeman that seemed to work out well. I think it was the guy who sells Line X. He indicated that he had to reinforce the boat area where he mounted it but it sounded like it worked good on his big boat. Maybe he will chime in.
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