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Old 07-10-2013, 09:00 AM
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Default Introduction and who are the electric only boaters?

Hi-this winter I'll be building a plywood/fiberglass garvey/jon boat for use on some of the local lakes. It's a 16' basic flatbottom with a slight curvature to the hull which should make it better in a chop than a regular jon but still not as good as a v-hull. Here's a link to the plans and some photos:

http://www.bateau.com/studyplans/GF1....htm?prod=GF16

It will of course be heavier than an aluminum hull, but at 180lbs or so, but not super heavy. It will be used mostly on two fairly large (2000+ acre) lakes which are 9.9 limited. Other times, we'll be taking the boat to smaller (500 acre or less) lakes which are electric only, more for family outings than fishing with me, my wife, and our two year old. Just curious on what some of the folks who fish/boat electric only lakes would recommend as far as motor/battery bank size based on the length and weight of the boat. With a wide (5' 2") beam and generous freeboard the boat can handle a decent amount of weight, so carrying two large batteries would be ok in order to extend run time.

We're not looking to break any speed records, but I'm hoping to be able to get a trolling motor with enough power so that a nice summer breeze doesn't blow us all over the lake, and if the clouds start to look foreboding that we can hightail it back to the dock if need be. Looking forward to hearing from others who ply the electric only lakes.
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Welcome! Cool project. You might try rephrasing your question to the technical and posting on main forum. Not being critical, but I almost did not open thread bc I assumed it about electric boats like Duffy.
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I used to deliver these boats http://www.budsin.com/intro2003.html from Florida to NY and out west. I also do the repair service for the builder. For less than $30K, you could have a nice "Lightning Bug" with at least a 2 year lead time.
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FYI, 2 Group 29 batteries at Wal Mart are about $85 each and would be fine for that boat.
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I have tested a Fully charged group 27 AGM to a 55 pound Minn Kota Troling motor I get 1.5 Hrs. WFO

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