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11/23/20 @ 11:59 AM
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mikieb
User since 10/11/15

I have been shopping for a boat for a few months. 

Finally, I inked a deal on a Alumacraft 165 tiller with a 50hp Evinrude sitting on a roller trailer. 

The only fear I have is...  the motor is so big that I will not be able to troll with it, because it will just push the boat too fast,  even at a idle. 

I need to buy a bow mount electric and a new sonar unit for the back if you have any suggestions

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12/13/20 @ 2:26 PM
MileMark_714
MileMark_714
User since 12/26/10

5 gallon buckets work great,add a second rope to bottom of bucket to make retrieval easier.Idling for long periods probably won't really affect an E-TEC,but can be a problem for 4-stroke outboards(fuel/oil dilution).Much more so in cold weather,unless you have a hotter thermostat. 

12/12/20 @ 9:18 PM
One shot one kill
MEMBER since 8/12/02

I'd have to ask my wife . She does it for me constantly  !

12/12/20 @ 5:45 PM
Coolhog
User since 10/7/18

Had the same rig...2 2 gallon plastic buckets with five 1-in holes drilled in the bottom, toss one over each side... My 60 horse Yamaha would troll down to 1.6... easily

12/12/20 @ 12:46 PM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04

Nobody has mentioned back trolling. Everyone wants you to spend more money and add a bunch of heavy and expensive electronics. My old boss dropped a couple of plastic buckets on ropes over the sides of his boat.

11/25/20 @ 8:39 AM
vegas492
vegas492
User since 5/21/03

Naw, you did nothing wrong.  All you need is a good bow mount trolling motor in front.  Get an Ulterra, link it with a good Humminbird graph.  Now you can stow and deploy with a push of a button.  Get a 24 volt system.  If you want to go .5 to probably 2.8 or 3.0 that trolling motor will be perfect.  And...if you want to troll with the big motor, simply turn the head on the trolling motor towards you to slow it down some.

11/24/20 @ 10:07 AM
Highthrust
MEMBER since 1/21/13

The motor has Touch troll on the tiller. You can lower the idle rpm. It will shake the boat more when you slow the engine. Give it a try. 

11/24/20 @ 9:45 AM
Phat Walleyes
Phat Walleyes
User since 3/31/15

You can use drift socks to slow down the boat...

11/24/20 @ 7:50 AM
fishinking
fishinking
MEMBER since 12/24/08

You could also pull a trolling bag!


11/24/20 @ 6:43 AM
Timmothy A
User since 5/17/09

If I troll, I just use the trolling motor.  The new trolling motors are easy on the 24V battery set-up I have.  I like the control better from the front vs the back.  Locator and trolling motor-wise, I'm a Bird/Kota guy, but I'm sure the Lowrance and Garmin units are fine.  Kinda depends on your budget.  The side scan is a pretty useful tool for me.  The rig looks sweet, enjoy. 

11/23/20 @ 6:45 PM
Plmlk
Brent Hess
MEMBER since 12/18/07

You could always get a trolling plate...

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