There are a number of details you need to consider before buying a trolling motor. The very first thing you need to answer is will you primarily be using the trolling motor in saltwater or freshwater? If you answered saltwater then the following buyer’s guide should be of great assistance.
Other details to consider before buying: Whether you plan on buying online or at a sporting goods store the following details are good to know ahead of time.
- What type of boat do you plan on mounting the motor on? Canoe/Kayak, Inflatable, Jon Boat, Deep V, Aluminum Bass Boat, Fiberglass Bass Boat, Pontoon?
- You will also want to take in account the length of your boat. Is it a small boat or kayak between 6 and 13 feet long? Or is it a larger boat?
- How many dedicated batteries?
- Where do you plan on mounting the saltwater trolling motor? Bow, Pontoon, Transom?
- What type of steering control do you want? Foot, Hand, Wireless, Wireless Pedal or Wireless Pedal/GPS Remote?
- How long do you need or want the shaft of the trolling motor? Shaft length is usually between 30 and 60 inches.
If you are at all confused by the questions above and not sure how to answer, we will be adding more and more information pertaining to each bullet point. Find more information here. <——–If this is not a link to click then we have not published the information yet but we are working on it and hope to have it up soon!
Top Saltwater Trolling Motor Choices – Our Picks
If you’re a person who already understands you need then take a look at a few of the models we recommend for saltwater fishing:
Best for Inflatable boats in Saltwater
The Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust motor pictured below is a high rated stainless steel, 8 speed motor (5 forward, 3 reverse) for use with inflatable boat. If you’re curious how much horsepower a 55 pound thrust is equal to, just about 1 HP. This was built for inflatable boats but many anglers have also used it on fishing kayaks. and still some claim it is powerful enough to use on a 14 foot aluminum boat. As we said, this motor was specifically designed for inflatable boats. Read our review.
Newport Vessels 62lb Thrust Electric Trolling Motor Saltwater. This is made by the same company as the model listed above but a bit more powerful. Newport Vessels is a company which specializes manufacturing motors for use in saltwater. There products are highly recommended. The 62 pound thrust engine below is includes a highly durable 40 inch shaft produced from composite fiberglass and the body, head and blades are constructed from stainless steel, zinc and aluminum. This is a versatile engine which can be use on a wide variety of watercraft. Read our full review.
Minn Kota Riptide 55 SP Saltwater Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with CoPilot. This is a bit more expensive than the models listed above but well worth the money. We have seen this model used on boats beteen 14 and 17 feet. It’s made corrosive-resistant for saltwater use and comes standard with co-pilot wireless control. Foot pedal control is option with this model. Have a look at the video below to see how the co-pilot control system works. Read are full review.
Minn Kota Riptide 80 ST Saltwater Bow-Mount Trolling Motor with i-Pilot. This model is an excellent choice for boats between 15 and 20 ft. It’s the most expensive motor on our list but has a few very nice features and the flexibility of the build. It comes with a 2-year warranty and the shaft is guaranteed for life. The pre-installed i-Pilot controls the are the tops in the industry for wireless controls.