View Full Version : trolling motor for a 24' pontoon boat?

06-20-2006, 08:28 AM
Anyone have a clue what size trolling motor I'd need to move a a 24' pontoon boat? Do I need to be concerned with shaft length? <-- Assume I'm opening myself up a bit here :D

Thanks! I know nothing about these.

saw this one on craigslist.

1: 50 lb Thrust Minkota long shaft for bow mount use - 150.00

06-20-2006, 09:39 AM
Any trolling motor will move almost any boat if there is no current or wind to fight against. I have a MinnKota Riptide (55 lb thrust) on my 17' skiff and it works great - plenty of power. I was told that was the best motor for saltwater use so that's what I got - (about $600 + $100 for deep cycle battery). They make an 80 and 110 lb. thrust motor too, I think, but more expensive.

06-20-2006, 10:11 AM
50lb. for a pontoon boat is not going to work too well. They do make special mounts as well for pontoon boats :)

06-20-2006, 11:05 AM
We have one on the front of our Toon and it pretty much sucks. If there is any wind or current someone will have to have full time duty running the trolling motor. I don't remember off hand what it is. It is just an impratical use IMHO. If possible find someone that has one and test it out before you drop the cash on one.

06-20-2006, 11:29 AM

06-20-2006, 11:43 AM
Interesting responses. I've been wondering about doing this too. Basically, for us, it would just be a quieter way to idle around the lake. The 2 stroke is noisy and a electric motor would be nice slow for evening cruises. The 30HP is still on the back to get somewhere in a hurry....

06-20-2006, 01:55 PM
Good responses all, thanks! I've decided to spend the $ on beer instead ;)

06-21-2006, 12:08 AM
Good decision :friday: After thinking about it and re-reading these posts, I realized a 24' pontoon boat would be a lot heavier and less maneuverable than a 17' flat bottom skiff.