- Sat Oct 09, 2004 12:33 pm
Off and on through the years I've used a small trollling motor on my yak, a poke boat (similar to a SINK), my canoe and a pirogue. I use a very small deep cycle battery from WalMart (Garden tractor size?) and have never had a problem with running out of juice during a full day of fishing/exploring/duck hunting. All small paddle boats respond very differently when a motor is added. They can torque when the motor is turned on, become unbalanced (kinda like carrying a heavy carryon bag on your shoulder throught the airport) as well as not turn the craft well - all dependent on the hull dimensions and mounting position of the motor. I find generally the wider the boat, the less effect on balance. I find minimal effect on my very stable and long, well tracking (ruddered) malibu extreme but a hugh amount (read unstable) on my 24" wide 10 foot pirogue. Currently I use one on my extreme for fishing creeks with current (I fish upstream, against the current) and for my 3 mile nonstop run through the marsh to my mallard hole with my disgustingly huge load of gear on board. (My gypsy kayak mobile) I do not use one for quick trips to the marsh and my early morning, quiet "soothing the spirit paddling" In summary, I have found that I have bonified uses for a trolling motor as well as times when I choose not to have one, but have not found limited battery power or additional weight to be a negative in those applications.