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CLK posted 05-01-2008 10:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for CLK  
Just purchased a new 305 Conquest w/ twin Verado 250's - I'm very excited!! It's currently getting rigged & bottom paitnted. Will (hopefully) take delivery within 10 days.

I live in Seattle, & plan to use the boat for fishing in Puget Sound & on Lake Washington. I'm curious if others who use the boat for trolling, have any problems getting the engine(s) to troll down, slow enough? If I can consistently maintain a speed between 1.5-2 mph, I'll be happy. Actually, I'd like to get just below 1 mph, but that might be asking too much.

I've been reading posts here, related to the 305 (and appreciate everyone who has taken the time to share & help). Some have been related to changing the props to increase speed & performance. Is it necessary, to do something similar, in order to troll down to these slower (1-2 mph)speeds?


erik selis posted 05-02-2008 02:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for erik selis  Send Email to erik selis     
Congrats with your wonderful boat. Looking forward to seeing some pictures of her.

What will you be trolling for at such slow speeds? Just curious as I have no experience fishing in those waters. I can only imagine that trolling slower than 1mph would be very difficult to achieve.

Safe sailing and hopefully you catch plenty of fish. There's lots of room to store them on that fine boat you bought.


Sal A posted 05-02-2008 06:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sal A  Send Email to Sal A     
Congrats CLK. Please get the pictures to us when you take delivery so we can drool!
CLK posted 05-02-2008 11:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Hi Eric - The low trolling speed is mainly for Sockeye salmon. Most of my fishing will be for Kings & Silvers in Puget Sound, & Sockeye, large rainbows & cutthroats in Lake Washinton. Being able to troll down to 1.5 - 2 mph, will work great for the majority of what I plan to do. My boat will be moored in a fresh water bay, between the salt water Puget Sound (a short trip through the locks) & Lake Washington, a fresh water 22K acre lake. I'm about a 10 minutes from the lake & 30 minutes from the Sound (depending on traffic at the locks)
Hi Sal - Thanks for the congrats, & right back at you! The pics of your boat look great - nice job on the graphics. The graphics got me to think more about what I could on my boat. I'm a bit hesitant, because when grahics are done right (like yours) - they look great. If they don't strike the right look & balance, well, not so much. PS - Great moorage, Sal!

ps - new to the board - apologies for the duplicate post.

glen e posted 05-02-2008 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for glen e  Send Email to glen e     
make sure they give you agm batteries per merc's new requirements...see my site for details ...
jollyrog305 posted 05-02-2008 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jollyrog305    
Congrats on a beautiful boat. Never trolled below 1, but I haven’t experienced any problems maintaining a consistent trolling speed (minus wind and wave effects). I personally think that the DTS is amazing system. Did you get the autopilot option?
CLK posted 05-02-2008 06:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Glen - Thanks for the info. Went to your site last night for the first time - lots of info there. I plan to explore more. Talked with Ken at Prop Gods - he had great things to say about your site. I'll be a regular.

Jollyrog - I didn't get the autopilot, but did order a T1 Gladiator for the boat (not sure if that's what you meant). I plan to be fishing alot by myself, plus in windy conditions. Thought it would be a great add on.


swartj posted 05-02-2008 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for swartj  Send Email to swartj     
Congrats on the new boat. I was looking at one at the dealer the other day. Nice ride.

I have a 235 with a 250 Verado and I can get down to 1.5 easy. Run with one motor and that heavy a boat you should be able to get down to that speed.

plh posted 05-03-2008 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for plh  Send Email to plh     
Having good luck with my 305 at ~1.5 - 2mph with one 250 hp verado . I have not experimented with the trolling setting for the verado. Wind conditions 5-10 I need at least that much speed to keep control
Bella con23 posted 05-03-2008 11:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
CLK Good luck with the new Conquest. I would love to move up to a larger Conquest, but having three kids in the house is hard enough to keep them fueled never mine the boat.

Send Pictures!!!

Bella con23 posted 05-03-2008 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bella con23  Send Email to Bella con23     
CLK as in CLK63 AMG?
CLK posted 05-03-2008 01:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for CLK    
Hi Bella - CLK is simply my intitials.

Thanks everyone for the well-wishes & info - I appreciate it.

When I take delivery, I'll take some pics and post them.


Whalerdog posted 05-03-2008 02:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdog  Send Email to Whalerdog     
Good Luck glad someone is keeping the factory going!
handn posted 05-13-2008 05:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
I have a 305 with twin efi 4-stroke YamaMercs. In gear idle with one engine is between 1.5 and 3 depending on wind and current. Hope this is slow enough.

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