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I've been doing my homework on marine batteries. Jeremy and Bob over at FTU said for a 50lb thrust motor on a U14.5 a Optima SC34DM would be the best battery $190. I just want to make sure before I spend the money. Any of yall with motors on your Yaks agree with this? Thanks, Jesse

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How many amps will your trolling motor be pulling? Take that number and divide it into the Ah (Amp hours) of the battery and that should give you the total continuous run time of your motor. Now as far as quality of battery is concerned then yeah you cant get much better than Optima batteries. Dunno if that helps you very much but that's about the extent of what I know.
I don't know. I just found a Minn Kota 50 lb for $189 and bought it. It doesn't tell me much. (Sinkinship) How's your bass yak set up coming along?

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One of the most popular trolling motors in the sport, the Endura series from Minn Kota offers pure power and rugged dependability. This 50 lbs.-thrust powerhouse features a composite lever lock bracket that resists warping and UV damage and a telescoping hand control with 5 forward speeds and 3 reverse.

* 12-volt system
* 42" indestructible composite shaft is guaranteed for life
* Weedless Wedge II prop
* Max boat length=20'

Model No.: Endura 50-42
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 26.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.0 x 16.0 x 52.0
Assembled in Country of Origin: USA and/or Imported
Origin of Components: USA and/or Imported
Wal-Mart No.: 004550781
Ok Surfers...I gave Minn Kota a call and got tech support on the line. They told me on the lowest speed you will be pulling 7 amps. At full speed you will be pulling 42 amps!!! To run that monster at full blast for any length of time you are going to need one helluva battery or run 2 in a series to get you a long runtime.

As far as my Bassyaks kit goes...I love it and would do it again for my mini-x if I had the money right now.
I think you ment to run them in parallel if you run two 12 volt batteries in series you now have the same Ahrs but 24 volts. If you run them parallel you double the Ahrs but keep the same voltage. If I was going to run two batteries I would run them in series but two six volt batteries. You can get a better Ahr rate this way.

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