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Cameron Park posted 11-10-2002 05:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for Cameron Park   Send Email to Cameron Park  
Any recommendations for the size (thrust) of a Minnkota Endura Electric Trolling Motor for my Sport 130. I have a 4 stroke Mercury 40 HP motor on the back. I plan to mount the trolling motor on the stern also.
Jiles posted 11-10-2002 06:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jiles    
I have a 1985 model 13 sport with 40 Johnson. I chose a Min-Kota 40# Thrust, and I fabricated a 1/4" alunimum plate and mounted it on the bow, port side. I mounted this plate with stainless screws that go into the plywood backing. I am very satisfied with my choice of trolling motor and mounting set-up. I tried this trolling motor on the transem but wasn't satisfied. Hope this helps.
Cameron Park posted 11-10-2002 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
I think my 2002 Sport 130 weighs more than your 85 Sport 13. My 4 stroke probably weighs more too. So will 40 lb thrust be enough on a windy day?
Jiles posted 11-10-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jiles    
I don't know about the differences in the boats, but my trolling motor is a five speed and I seldom use above three. I haven't had the trolling motor long enough to tell you how it would perform under windy conditions. When I first used the motor, I thought I might should have gotten a smaller one. If you are like me, I would rather overpower then to underpower. Good luck with your decision.
Dr T posted 11-11-2002 03:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
I used a Minn Kota 36 lb thrust transom mount on my '82 13 on windy lakes down in Texas. The unit had a remote control so I could turn it around backwards and use it to back the boat into tight places. Also used it to control the rate of drift and position. Since the boat drifts bow downwind this worked fairly well.

For actually going some place, I would turn the motor around, grab the tiller and go (using the remote control for the speed).

The only bad thing was that it was a bit heavy. I ended up mounting the deep-cycle battery just about even with the console against the gunwale with a tie-down strap.

By pulling the outboard out of the water and raising the electric until it was just under the water, I could get into some incredibly tight places.

Gep posted 11-12-2002 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
My dad mounted a Minnkota foot controlled trolling motor on my 1959 13' sport. I don't remember what the thrust was but it moved it pretty good. He also had about 300 pounds of decking in the boat.
nolester posted 08-03-2003 10:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for nolester  Send Email to nolester     
I have the same interest. I believe, now, that I want to go with a stern mounted trolling motor on my 2000 Sport 13. I am leaning towards a Minkota model designed especially for salt water.

Has anyone put a trolling motor on the transom of a 2000 or later-year Sport 13? I am wondering if it will fit, if there would be enough room to allow the Mercury outboard to have full clearance.


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