Best Trolling Motors of 2017 : Reviews,Ratings & Comparison

 Trolling motors can make a big difference for the small boat enthusiast or fisherman trying not to scare away wildlife. They also offer great value to boaters that would rather do something other than paddling. With all the uses for these electric wonders, there is sure to be the right one for your needs.

Minn Kota Endura MAX 55 review
Minn Kota Endura C2 40 review

Who wouldn’t want to give up the paddle on their fishing boat or row boat and sit back and enjoy the ride?

This seems like a no-brainer when it comes to boating, but the real complicated part is getting the right trolling motor for your boat and boating conditions.

We tried to find the very best options when it comes to these inexpensive marvels, and we found several that would be a great purchase.

- Comparison & Reviews of the
Best Trolling Motors 2016
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If you're in a hurry,take a quick look at the reviews of the best trolling motors  of 2016.

Model

Bottom Line

Pros

Cons

Price

Minn Kota Endura C2 30

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 review

 Best of the Best 

This motor has all the makings of a quality trolling motor. We like the bang for your buck.



This trolling motor is our top pick due to its value and quality.


The 30 pounds of thrust may be too little for your boat.



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Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust

Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust 8  Speed Electric Trolling Motor review

The Newport Vessels 55 would make a powerful, smart addition to your boat.

All the features you could ask for from a trolling motor in this class.

The warranty is less than desirable.

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Minn Kota Endura C2 40

Minn Kota Endura C2 40 review

If this motor suits your boat’s needs as far as thrust, you can’t beat the other features.

Increased power from the base model.


Thrust may be too little for your boating conditions.

Minn Kota Endura MAX 55

Minn Kota Endura MAX 55 review


The digital maximizer feature adds battery life, which is a very big advantage.

Increased battery conservation and integrated battery monitor

Extra features add to the price

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Minn Kota Endura C2 55

Minn Kota Endura C2 55 Trolling Motor Review


This is a top pick because it offers the highest thrust for an Endura C2 motor that we reviewed.

Top notch power output.

Not as efficient as the MAX 55.





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Minn Kota Endura C2 50

Minn Kota Endura C2 50 review


This motor is a step up from the C2 40 for extra power.

Upgraded thrust power from the C2 40.

Not as powerful as the NV 55 or Endura MAX 55.

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Let’s have a close look at what we’ve got here.

- Best Trolling Motor - 2016 - Overall

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor

  This sturdy, reliable trolling motor is an excellent value if you are looking for a quality trolling motor. It has all the features you need to get out on the water and start trolling.

 Best of the Best 

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 review

Rating : 4.8/5

Why is it Our Top Pick ?

The Minn Kota Endura C2 30 could have been our best budget pick, but it has such a good balance of value and quality construction we had to make it our best overall pick.

The Endura C2 30 is a no frills trolling motor. Minn Kota cut through all the great innovations and upgrades they have produced over the years and provided us with what they intended to be an improvement on the Minn Kota original.

The standard construction features of this trolling motor include great durability in a freshwater trolling motor. If you are okay with the low-end thrust specs, you can get standard features and a good warranty for a great price.

Durable Construction

The Endura C2 30 has an indestructible composite shaft that is backed by a lifetime warranty. The model we reviewed has a 30-inch shaft which is perfect for small watercraft. As a transom mount only electric trolling motor your boat’s mounting surface would have to be over 16’ over the water for this motor to be too small for your boat.

If you have a small enough boat, you can modify the Endura C2 controls to be rotated 180 degrees allowing the motor to be mounted on the bow. However, the recommended minimum length for the shaft of a bow mount motor is 36”.

The Endura C2 has been constructed with electrical components that make it quieter and more efficient than in the past. This is a 12 volt trolling motor that is quiet and powerful enough to accommodate a boat with a gross weight of 600 lbs.

Easy To Use Controls

The Enduca C2 also comes with the Minn Kota lever lock mounting bracket which allows for quick, sturdy mounting. The controls for the motor feature an extendable telescoping handle, which offers more comfort when steering. It has eight speed settings. The motor has five forward settings and three reverse settings.

Specs:

This motor comes with a two year warranty on parts and a lifetime warranty on the shaft. It also comes complete with a prop included. The manufacturer recommends you use a circuit breaker to connect to the battery. The battery and the breaker are not included.

The Bottom Line​

This trolling motor comes at a great price and offers all the fundamental advantages of a trolling motor. If you are looking to upgrade from paddling your canoe or inflatable boat, this sturdy trolling motor is an outstanding choice.

Further Information

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor (30" Shaft)​

- Reviews of other Top Trolling Motors -

- Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust 8
Speed Electric Trolling Motor
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The Newport Vessels 55 pound thrust is not only saltwater safe. It offers plenty of power and versatility for an excellent trolling experience

Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust 8  Speed Electric Trolling Motor review





Rating : 4.3/5

The Newport Vessels NV Series electric trolling motor offers some key features that you may find suitable for your trolling needs. It is saltwater resistant, which is unique compared to the other motors we reviewed.

This motor is designed for a transom mount. It also features a built in battery life display. It works well as a trolling motor for small vessels including kayaks and inflatable boats. We like the added features on this motor including design and durability factors.

Adjustable Collar

The NV series has an adjustable 30” shaft, which makes it great for shallower waters. The motor has an adjustable collar on the shaft which allows you to set the propeller at more shallow depths.

Automatic shutoff

This motor is designed to automatically shut off when it gets tangled in plant life or digs into the ground. The motor will automatically stop working if it is placed under too much stress, which saves you from having to deal with burnt out electrical components.

When the motor pulls too much power from the battery it will shut down and you will just have to reset the breaker when you are ready to go again.

Durability

The NV series is constructed with aluminum housing components to make it saltwater resistant. Most of its hardware components are stainless steel.

It also comes with a composite fibre glass shaft. The motor head is completely encapsulated in aluminium for extra durability.

Specs

The NV series requires a 12 volt deep cycle battery and should be installed with a 50 amp circuit breaker. This motor also has a telescoping handle and eight trolling speeds. There are five forward speeds and three reverse speeds. At 55 pounds of thrust, this motor is suitable for a boat with a gross weight of 1100 pounds. It will also fit pretty much any transom mount boat.

The Bottom Line

This is a durable and resilient trolling motor. With saltwater resistance and adjustable shaft, this one stands out as a trolling motor that will last for a long time. We also like the battery life indicator.

Further Information

Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust 8 Speed Electric Trolling Motor

- Minn Kota Endura C2 40 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor -

The Minn Kota Endura C2 40 offers all the features of the C2 30 with added depth and thrust. Just like the C2 30, this motor offers the great standard features of a Minn Kota trolling motor.

Minn Kota Endura C2 40 review




Rating : 4.6/5

The standard features of the Minn Kota C2 40 are still available on this model. We like the added capability of the 40 pounds of thrust and 36” shaft

Standard Features

The Minn Kota Endura C2 offers great durability with a lifetime warranty on their composite shafts. The motor itself has a two year warranty. You also get the conveniences of a transom mount motor with lever lock mounting system to make sure you are set up and sturdy.

The C2 series features a tilt-twist telescopic control system meaning you can adjust direction by twisting the control and you can adjust the depth of the motor head by tilting the control. The six inch telescopic handle makes the control handle up to six inches longer for better control.

Increased Thrust

The C2 40 offers an extra 10 pounds of thrust compared to the C2 30, which makes it suitable for boats with a gross weight of 800 pounds. If your boat is slightly taller, or if you want to modify this motor to be mounted on the bow, you also benefit from the C2 40’s 36” shaft. This motor also allows for manual depth adjustment.

Specs

This motor requires a deep cycle or marine battery and it is recommended you wire it with a 50 amp circuit breaker. It features five forward speed settings and three reverse speed settings. This motor does come with a prop kit.

The Bottom Line

Another version of the Endura C2 with more thrust and a longer shaft. This motor takes the Endura model to greater heights allowing you extra power while running quietly and efficiently.

Further Information

Minn Kota Endura C2 40 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor (36" Shaft)

- Minn Kota Endura C2 55 Trolling Motor -

The Endura C2 55 Trolling Motor is the most powerful Endura C2 option. It offers all the standard features of Minn Kota’s Endura C2 line and is available in even longer shaft options.

Minn Kota Endura C2 55 Trolling Motor Review





Rating : 4.4/5

Powerful Thrust

If you want to have power to spare for your small vessel, the Endura C2 55 is a great option. It can handle boats with a gross weight up to 1100 pounds, making it one of the most powerful trolling motors in its class.

Longer Shaft

The C2 55 also comes with two adjustable shaft lengths. You can get the 36” option, or if you want extra depth capabilities it also comes in a 42” shaft.

Heavy Electric Use

This trolling motor has a max amp draw of 50, where as the C2 40 and the C2 30 draw 30 and 42 amps respectively. With increased thrust power comes increased draw on your battery. You may want to consider upgrading to a heavier battery if you choose this motor. Although it still only works on a 12 volt system, the C2 55 requires a 60 amp circuit breaker.

This motor still comes with the Minn Kota’s two year warranty on the motor and lifetime warranty on the shaft.

The Minn Kota Endura series comes standard with five forward speeds and three reverse speeds. It also features the lever lock mounting system to make installation easy.

Specs

This trolling motor is designed for freshwater use and is recommended as a transom mounted motor, though reviews have stated that it can be modified easily to serve as a bow mounted trolling motor. This motor also features a telescopic control handle for better control.

If you want to get extra thrust from a Minn Kota Endura C2 series motor, this is the most powerful one in that line. It comes with all the standard features of the Endura line and offers two options in shaft length. If you like the Endura C2 series like we do, you can’t go wrong with adding a little extra thrust

- Minn Kota Endura C2 50 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor -

The Minn Kota Endura C2 50 offers extra thrust power to the already highly versatile Endura C2 product line. This motor may have just the right combination of power and value to meet your boating needs.

Minn Kota Endura C2 50 review





Rating : 4.6/5

The Endura C2 50 is a transom mount freshwater electric trolling motor that offers 50 pounds of thrust, making it great for boats with 1000 pounds of gross weight. If you find that the C2 40 is fairly adequate for your boat, you may want to upgrade to the C2 50 for added power.

Durability

The C2 50 comes with a 36” durable composite shaft. This is the same shaft that is on all of the Endura motors and it is backed by a lifetime warranty. You don’t have to worry about hitting rocks or tree stumps with this motor,

The motor head is also very sturdy just like the other Endura C2 models we reviewed. The motor and parts are covered by a two year warranty which is standard for Minn Kota Endura C2 motors.

Functional Controls

The C2 50 also has adjustable depth settings and tilt-twist controls, meaning you can steer left and right by spinning the telescoping handle, and you can tilt the shaft and motor head out of the water as well.

The Endura C2 also allows you to adjust the steering tension so that once you set the direction, the motor will not twist on its own and change directions until you do so yourself. You can also lock the twist control so that it will not move unless you release the tension adjust setting.

Specs

The C2 50 requires a marine or deep cycle motor which is not included. The manufacturer also recommends a 60 amp circuit breaker for installation. The battery and breaker are not included. This motor does come with a prop kit.

The Bottom Line​

This motor rounds out the best options you can get from the Endura C2 line of motors. We think that combination of high thrust output and numerous features available for all of the Endura C2 motors make it a great option for an electric trolling motor.

Further Information​

Minn Kota Endura C2 50 Freshwater Transom Mounted Trolling Motor​

- Minn Kota Endura MAX 55 Transom Mounted Trolling Motor, 36-Inch Shaft -

The Minn Kota Endura MAX offers high tech advancements to extend the time you can spend out on the boat. This motor features advancements in trolling motor efficiency that make it a very attractive option.

Minn Kota Endura MAX 55 review



Rating : 4.4/5

The Endura MAX improves on the Endura line by adding digital maximizer technology to this already value packed line of trolling motors. It also features durability and is backed by a great warranty.

Digital Maximizer

The Endura MAX is technologically advanced to improve battery life. You also get more control over the speed of this motor because instead of choosing from one of eight speeds, you can set the speed to unlimited settings. The control doesn’t click into speed settings. Instead, you twist the handle in one direction until you reach the speed you desire. The digital maximizer does the rest by adjusting the power to the optimal setting internally.

Minn Kota claims you can get up to five times the battery life out of this motor compared to similar 55 pound thrust motors. This motor also comes with a battery life indicator so you know how much battery you have left.

Standard Features

This variation of the Endura series still comes with the two year warranty on the motor and lifetime warranty on the shaft.

The Endura MAX offers 6” telescopic handle and twist tilt controls. It also features the lever lock mounting system.

Specs

This motor needs to be set up with a 60 amp circuit breaker which is not included. It also does not include a battery. Like the other motors we reviewed it comes with a prop kit.

It is available in shaft lengths of 36” and 42”. This motor is recommended for transom mounting. The 55 pounds of thrust makes it suitable for vessels up to 1100 pounds in gross weight.

The Bottom Line​

The digital maximizer feature on the Endura MAX trolling motor offers greater battery life for longer days on the water. It also has high thrust ratings of 55 pounds. We also like the battery life gauge.

In all, this motor takes an already great trolling motor in the Endura C2 and improves efficiency. This offers a great advantage if you like to spend all day and night trolling on the water.

- Review Summary & Conclusion -

The trolling motors we looked at all offer specific advantages.

The Endura C2 30, C2 40, C2 50 and C2 55 motors all come complete with great warranties and features like lever lock mounting and telescopic controls.

These motors run a wide spectrum of thrust capabilities as well as shaft lengths. If you are looking for a sturdy and dependable trolling motor, these are high on the list.

The Newport Vessels 55 has high thrust power and also comes ready to use in saltwater applications. This is one of the motors we reviewed that has a battery indicator as well. This is a very good option if you are looking for saltwater applications.

The Endura MAX 55 offers the same durability as the Endura C2 models we reviewed but also features electricity maximization for added battery life.

This motor also features a battery life indicator and has more speed options than any of the other motors we reviewed.

If you are looking for a great trolling motor, the Minn Kota and Newport Vessels trolling motors we reviewed represent what we think are the best options available.

Minn Kota Endura C2 30

The Best of the Best Trolling Motor - 2016

 Best of the Best 

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 review

Rating : 4.8/5

- Ulimate Buying Guide :
How to Choose the Best Trolling Motor
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Here are some of the factors that you should consider before buying a trolling motor.

Thrust

The most common question people ask when looking to buy a trolling motor for their boat is how to choose the one that best fits their particular boat. There can be many factors that affect our response, but the main thing is gross weight of the boat.

Electric trolling motors are rated by thrust. If you know about gasoline or diesel engines and horsepower, make sure you understand the difference from electric motors.

While gasoline motors typically offer more in the way of speed, electric motors can be much quieter and have no exhaust, which makes them a great option for fishermen. If you are looking to take your boat out and feel the wind in your hair while skipping across the water, you should check into getting a combustion engine. However, electric motors have been continually improved upon year after year and offer a much cheaper and quieter option for the more leisurely boat ride.

To find the amount of thrust you need for your boat, you will need to know the gross weight, which includes all people, coolers and equipment in addition to the actual weight of your boat.

If you can get a good estimate of your gross weight, you will have an easier time getting the electric motor you need. The recommended amount of thrust for a boat should work out to be 10 lbs. of thrust for every 200 lbs. in your gross weight.

Deciding how much thrust you need can also depend on boating conditions. Larger boats require more thrust. If your boat sits higher out of the water you will want to make sure you consider how windy your boating conditions can get.

The more boat there is to get caught in the wind, the more power it will take to keep it moving. Finally, more turbulent water will require more thrust. If you are on a small secluded lake, water will be much easier to boat in than if you are constantly fighting wake and waves.

Electricity Supply

There are standard car batteries and there are marine batteries. If you are going to buy a trolling motor, you will have to consider your battery supply options. While car batteries offer cranking amps to start a car and then maintain accessories while driving, deep cycle batteries offer steady, long lasting power so you can use your battery longer and then recharge at home.

Consider how much you want to use your electric motor and check individual electric motors’ requirements for power supply.

The electric motors we reviewed are best used as trolling motors for small boats. They all work on a 12 volt system and have a maximum amp draw of no more than 60.

Larger more heavy duty electric motors can accommodate multiple batteries wired together to provide 24 volt power and even 36 volt power.

If you are looking for more than 55 lbs. of thrust, you may want to consider an electric motor that can operate on 24 volts.

The trolling motors that we reviewed all work well for a short day on the lake with a suitably sized boat. If you decide to use a 12 volt system, any of our best picks will be up to the task. You can also upgrade your batteries if you need.

Some of the motors we reviewed have added features to limit electricity use for longer run times.

Mounting Options

If you already have a boat in mind, you can probably easily visualize where you want to mount your electric motor. There are advantages to both bow and transom (rear) mountings for electric motors.

It can help to think about front and rear wheel drive vehicles when considering these options. If you mount the trolling motor in the front you will have more control in manoeuvring through waves and wake.

You may opt for the more traditional transom mount for your electric motor. It is easy to control a boat from the rear, especially if you are the only one aboard.

The rear mount keeps the weight of the motor in the rear, which can be much more stable than all of the weight in the front.

While some electric motors are versatile enough to be mounted at multiple locations on the boat, make sure to confirm that is a feature of the motor you choose. Some electric motors are designated as strictly transom mount, which can limit your options down the road.

However, if you are sure you will only need the one mounting option, you can look for other features instead.

Also consider whether you want a permanent mount or a quick disconnect mount for your electric motor. If you are worried at all that someone could sneak up to your boat while it is out of the water and take your new electric motor, you should consider making it easier to remove so you can lock it away in your vehicle or garage.

Shaft Length And Adjustment

The basic measurement to fit your electric motor to your boat depends on where it is mounted. To measure your boat to make sure you get the correct shaft length, you have to decide where you will mount it. Requirements are different for bow and transom mounts.

For both measurements you will want to measure the distance from your mounting location to the water. If you are mounting the electric motor on the front of the boat, measure from bow to the water.

If the measurement is less than 16”, you will want a 36” shaft. If the boat measures 16” to 22”, you need a 42” shaft.

The transom shaft requirements are different. If you measure from the mounting surface to the water and the measurement is less than 16” you want a 30” shaft.

If your transom measurement is 16” to 22” you want a 36” shaft. Larger boats measuring 22” to 26” from mounting surface to water require at least a 42” shaft.

We chose to review trolling motors with 30”, 36” and 42” shafts, longer shaft lengths are available from the manufacturers.

Also remember that some motors have adjustable shaft lengths, making them more versatile.

We did our part in reviewing the best trolling motors for you.Now it's your turn to decide what suits you and what not!! Happy hunting!!

References

1. Amazon.com​ - a user manual found in Amazon.

2. The official site of Minna Kota​ motors.

3. The Outdoors Men Forum​.

4. Newport Vessels official site .

5. Cabela's Buying Guide.

Minn Kota Endura C2 30

The Best of the Best Trolling Motor - 2016

 Best of the Best 

Minn Kota Endura C2 30 review

Rating : 4.8/5

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