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How To Charge a Trolling Motor Battery

Owning a trolling motor battery is different to a starter battery on a boat because it is a deep cycle variety or dual-purpose one. It has a long lifespan and gets up to a full charge quicker too.

With any kind of battery, it’s necessary to perform basic maintenance on them to keep it functioning well. Without maintenance, the battery will gradually deteriorate and then outright fail. If out on the water when the battery dies on you and won’t charge back up, your trolling motor won’t function. If you’re using the trolling motor because your main starter battery is drained, then you’re completely out of luck at that point. You’ll have to get on the radio to get rescued because you’re now stranded out on the water.how to charge trolling motor battery

Charging up a trolling motor isn’t hard. When charging a trolling motor battery properly, it won’t take that long. We will run through how to do that a variety of different ways in this article.

Best Options to Charge Up a Trolling Motor Battery

Way back in the day, these batteries were recharged by moving battery acid around within the container of the battery. It worked, but it was a slow approach and needed physical effort over a period of time to get the necessary result. It was a real pain, basically. Thankfully, battery technology has progressed since then.

There’s no one method for recharging in a modern way through because there’s not one type of trolling motor battery, but several. As such, they require a different approach to charging to get them to work. Different chargers are required in some cases too. It sounds complicated, but we’ll explain.

Different Trolling Motor Battery Types

Here are the three types of trolling motor battery:

  • AGM Absorbed Glass Mat Battery

These are easy to charge. They’re flexible enough to charge using a solar panel pack, an outboard or onboard charger. They also charge up quickly too.

With AGM batteries, overcharging will damage them and reduce their lifespan. It’s charging cycle must be reviewed closely to avoid damaging it.

  • ​​​Sealed Gel Batteries

The sealed gel variety uses acid. They’re no problem to charge up. The battery includes an agent that helps make the internal material thicker to prevent leaks.

With this type of battery, dead cells make it harder to refill the battery as a whole. Therefore, avoid killing-off battery cells by either undercharging the battery or overcharging it.

  • Flooded Cell Batteries

The flooded cell battery is currently the most popular. It is also easier to charge up. The acid goes into the battery container. A negative plate is used during this process which delivers an electrical response in the battery’s cells.

The risk with this battery is acid spills which can burn the skin or eyes badly. Caution is required when charging these batteries.

  • Charging Batteries Using Solar Power

A trolling motor can be charge with solar power. A solar panel and other equipment are needed to do this.

Simply position the solar panel on the boat. A higher position is better to catch more sun rays. A boost converter is useful to take low voltage and convert it successfully. A relay circuit is useful when charging more than one battery.

Charging using solar is not totally reliable. You can need to recharge right away, and the sky is overcast. Or, it can be late in the afternoon delivering too little juice to charge the battery. Slow charging is common with a solar panel, but it usually works. Patience is required.

  • Charging Batteries Using a Portable Charger

A portable charger is very convenient to charge a deep cycle battery. They are not too heavy to carry onto and off the boat.

The portable charger is not left attached to the battery. It is attached, completes the charging cycle and then is disconnected again. A few models are pretty durable, and they last a good amount of time. They certainly charge a battery faster than solar in most cases.

  • Charging Batteries Using an On-Board Charger

With onboard Marine battery chargers, then come in three varieties:

  • Precision
  • DC alternator
  • Digital

Each works well and charges a battery quickly. The precision models can charge all types of batteries. You select the battery type first.

Here are some questions to ask about battery chargers:

  • Battery Type?

The battery type will either be gel, flooded or AGM. The gel batteries need a special type of charger, but the other battery types work with most chargers.

  • What’s the Amperage of my Battery?

Because batteries vary in size, their amps also differ from make, model and size battery to another. For instance, with a 50-amp hour battery, a charge that can deliver 6-8 amps is going to be plenty. The rate matters because it determines both the speed of the charging process and the durability of the battery.

  • What If You Need to Charge a Battery While Boating?

Not all batteries do well when charging on the water. Each battery charger is designed to be used in a different way, so it’s important to verify that before purchase. Most chargers can adjust the rate of charge to suit the situation too.

Bear in mind that AGM chargers can provide a speedy charge when the boat is out, but that can damage the cells in the battery, along with the separators and metal plates too. For AGM chargers, set them at a minimal amperage to avoid damaging them.

  • Do’s and Don’ts

The Dos:

  • Arriving on-shore, charge the batteries every time
  • Keep the top of the batteries clean. If they have a lake or sea water on them, dry them off. This avoids the terminals getting damaged making them not accept a charge
  • A solar power charger that uses a smart controller to slowly trickle charge the battery is useful and extends the life of the battery in many cases

The Don’ts:

  • When using more than one battery, stick to a single type. Don’t mix them because it’s too easy to charge both and forget that they’re different.
  • Avoid overcharging a battery at all costs. Nothing good comes of it

Take battery charging seriously. They’re a vital piece of equipment but must be well-managed to use them properly.


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How to Charge a Deep Cycle Battery Properly

You get on the river, lake or open water to enjoy yourself. The last thing you need is to worry about whether your deep cycle battery will last the duration while you’re on the water.

Without a deep cycle battery, your outings aren’t going to get very far. This is because of they powerboat accessories, a trolling motor on a boat, or other items for people in an RV or camping out. They’re versatile that way.

The deep cycle marine battery is robust, but it needs taking care of at the same time. Here are some tips on how to charge it and maintain it too:

Chargers 101

A deep cycle battery is not the same as the battery in your motor vehicle. A battery is a battery, but the deep cycle one is more capable in many respects.charging a deep cycle battery

Unlike with most car batteries, a deep cycle type can take an 80 percent discharge and still get charged back up to 100 percent later. It also doesn’t tend to suffer memory loss where it loses its ability to hold a full charge either.

Ways to Charge up a Deep Cycle Battery

There are two main approaches to charging up a deep cycle battery. The first is to charge the battery while it’s on the boat already, in the fixed position. The second is to take the battery out of the boat and make use of a portable charging unit to top the battery up to full.

How to Go About Charging the Battery

Using the right type of charge for the battery is necessary to avoid damaging either the charger or the battery. Both aren’t cheap.

Hook up the supplied clamps by referencing the charger’s instructions and following them to the letter. Check the readout to see what charge level the batteries already have and how long they’ll take to load up.

The best method to follow with a portable battery charger is usually this:

  1. Check the charger’s manual (download it if needed) to verify the correct instructions as they can vary between chargers.
  2. Perform a disconnection of the deep cycle battery from the boat’s systems to avoid a surge or electrical damage.
  3. Be aware of gas release by the battery and the need to charge in a place where the gas can safely dissipate outdoors.
  4. Look over the terminals on the battery and clean where needed. Wear protective eyewear and rubber gloves due to sulfides that may escape from the battery during the charging process.
  5. In most cases, deep cycle batteries do not need topping off and are bought sealed.
  6. Once the battery is disconnected and when wearing protective gear, clip the red clamp to the terminal (positive only). It has a plus symbol near to it. Modern chargers may have a feature to alert you if you hook the clip to the wrong terminal, but don’t assume that.
  7. Now, clip the black clamp to the negative terminal (usually has a minus sign nearby).
  8. Connect the charge to the power outlet (110-120 volts AC).
  9. Check the charger to see what kind of battery types it can handle. It may be necessary to pre-select the battery type you’re planning to charge.
  10. Initiate the charge. Most chargers have an auto-stop feature to avoid overcharging when hitting the battery’s limit.
  11. When the battery is fully charge, turn the charger off and disconnect it from the power outlet. Now it’s ready to reinstall in your boat (if you removed it for charging).

Will a Trickle Charger Be Sufficient?

No. Trickle charges don’t deliver enough juice to charge up a deep cycle battery. At least 10-15 amps is needed for the job. Do not buy a trickle charger to attempt this. It won’t work, and you’ll waste your money.

How Can You Charge Up a Deep Cycle Battery in a Boat?

Check whether the charger you have is appropriate to connect to the electrical system on your boat. It needs to operate using power generated by the boat’s motor to work right.

The charge gets hooked up to the electrical system using the provided instructions for the charger. The charger shouldn’t overcharge the battery and will provide meaningful information about battery levels as it charges. A motor-powered charger often charges faster than one using a power outlet.

Charging a Deep Cycle Faster

There are times when charging a battery quicker is desirable. This is possible to do by increasing the amperage charge up to 20 amps from 10-15 amps that it starts at.

However, be aware that this will most likely shorten the useful life of your deep cycle battery. It’s also possible to buy a charger that has improved circuitry to manage current in better ways for a faster charge without damaging the deep cycle battery in the process.

One way to reduce charging time is to only charge to 90 percent. This is because getting to a full 100 percent charge takes considerably longer and extends the charging time noticeably. However, don’t do this all the time.

Typical Discharging Rates

Deep cycle batteries used in the marine world have a different discharging rate than regular marine batteries. In fact, the discharge rate is greater than 80-85 percent in many cases with deep cycle batteries, but around 50 percent with marine batteries. Some adjustment is needed for people who have experience with the marine batteries used to start engines because they do not function the same way or charge up the same as deep cycle ones used in boating.

Conclusion 

Make sure you disconnect the battery from the boat before charging it. Use the right charger for the type of battery that you have. Consult the manual for the charger before you do anything. Use protective eyewear and rubber gloves to protect from discharge from the battery which can get in the eyes or on the hands and cause injury. Also, while speeding up charging is subject to the charger that you own, only charging to 90 percent saves time.


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#3

When Does the Fishing Season Start and What’s the Best Time to Go Fishing?

There is no one answer to the question “When does fishing season start in the US” because every state has their own regulations and different species of fish also have their own seasons. For instance in New Hampshire, you can fish for wild trout in streams from January to September but to fish for wild trout in ponds you’ll have to wait until April. The best course of action is to contact the Department of Fish and Game in your state for the exact start times of different “seasons”.

The Best Time to Go Fishing

The question of the “Best Time to Go Fishing” is a whole ‘nother matter that requires an examination of the various environmental factors that come into play. Let’s have a look at some of those.

  • Light – As a general rule fish prefer the morning to the harsh light of midday. In the morning the light warms the shallows making it more comfortable for fish to feed. Harsh midday sun leads to a decrease in surface oxygen which causes fish to move to deeper waters.check weather before fishing
  • Wind – As the wind pushes the surface food toward the shore bait fish follow it. Where the baitfish go the game fish are never far behind. So if you’re out on the lake on a windy day and getting nary a nibble, stow the boat and take up a position on the shore facing the wind.
  • Clouds – Fish love cloudy days because the water never gets too warm. Consequently, cloudy days are when you’ll find the most fish near the surface trolling for food. At the same time fish are likely to be more widely dispersed on cloudy days.
  • Gentle Rain – Light rain provides you with stealth since the raindrops break up the view fish have of you whether you’re on the shore, wading in the shallows or on a boat. Rain can also wash dead insects and the like from the shore creating an all you can eat buffet for fish.
  • Heavy Rain – Heavy rain clouds the water and makes it difficult for fish to feed, and equally difficult for them to find your bait or lure. When it comes to rivers heavy rain increases the flow which also ma

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kes it tough for fish to feed.

  • Storms – Fishing after a cold front moves through is usually not so great. On the other hand, fishing after a warm front pass, especially in the winter, can be excellent since the fish are more comfortable and will come to the surface to feed and enjoy the warmer water there.

Best Time for Deep Sea Fishing

The best time to go deep sea fishing will depend on what type of fish you’re after. If you’re after Yellowfin Tuna you’ll want to go in November, December, and January. If on the other hand, you’re after Red Snappers head out in June or July and so on.

No matter when you go or what you’re after just remember to relax, bring the proper gear and bait, and have fun.


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#4

Types of Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing

Fishing is one of those eternal pastimes that has been with us since the dawn of man and continues to draw humans young and old to the water in their millions in spite of the plethora of digital distractions being served up today. There are two major categories of fishing – freshwater, and saltwater – and each is broken up into several sub-categories which we’re going to take a closer look at below. So break out the insect repellent, sunglasses, and waterproof bag and let’s get started.

Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater fishing is one of the most relaxing and rejuvenating pastimes you can indulge in. The different types of freshwater fishing can be broken up thus:

  • Pond Fishing – What you catch in the local pond will be more modest than what you get in a large lake or major river, but ponds are a great place to take the kids to learn the basics of fishing; and you might catch yourself a decent sized catfish in the process.freshwater fishing
  • Lake Fishing – the Fish, can typically be found in great numbers in lakes because they’re sheltered environments full of plant life and lots of places for fish to hide. Lake fishing from a small boat is without a doubt one of the most tranquil and relaxing forms of fishing.
  • Rivers and Streams – Successful river fishing depends on deciding ahead of time if you’re going to fish where the fish are eating or where they’re hiding. River and stream species are masters of stealth, so you’ll need to be patient.
  • Reservoirs – In a reservoir you have all the fishing variety you’d normally find in a river with the added benefit of placid waters and unlimited peace. You may need to do some research to find where the fish are hanging in this type of manmade lake.

Saltwater Fishing

Saltwater fishing presents an enormous range of experience and the sport, in general, can be broken down into the following categories:

  • Shoreline Fishing – This type of fishing draws legions of fans to the shore from Cape Cod to Redondo Beach. Pier fishing, in particular, is blissfully uncomplicated and thus perfect for families. Surf fishing requires more muscle and gear but can yield some wild fish stories.saltwater fishing
  • Bay Fishing – Bay fishing can yield some spectacular catches, and it’s less risky than deep sea fishing. That’s because, even though they can be enormous, bays are semi-enclosed and so not subject to the same type of swells that are generated in the open ocean.
  • Deep Sea Fishing – Now we’re getting into Hemingway territory where the sun is relentless, the waves are crashing, and the catch is the size of your car. The most expensive, dangerous and involved form of fishing deep sea fishing requires a sizeable boat, plenty of safety gear, a competent crew, proper tackle and the patience of Job. Whether freshwater or saltwater fishing is an activity with timeless appeal that allows you to shrug off the stress and strain of the modern world and recharge your batteries.

Whether freshwater or saltwater fishing you need a good quality equipment on your boat like saltwater trolling motor, trolling battery, charger etc which make your fishing experience better or whether freshwater or saltwater fishing is an activity with timeless appeal that allows you to shrug off the stress and strain of the modern world and recharge your batteries.


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Where to get Trolling Motor Parts?

A saltwater trolling motor is purchased as a complete piece of equipment. All the relevant parts have been fitted. Once the motor is fit to the side of the boat, it is ready for continual use.

Over time, parts wear down and come to the end of their useful life. In other cases, parts may be fitted incorrectly or be faulty. In either situation, a replacement trolling motor part is required to resolve the issue. In most cases, it’s possible for experienced sailors to replace the part themselves, however, specialized boat repair shops are on-hand at strategic locations throughout the United States to offer the assistance needed.

Parts Not Usually Available at Local Superstores

The development and production of trolling motor parts for both Minn Kota and Newport Vessels (the two leading trolling motor manufacturers in the U.S) is an established market.

minn kota trolling motor partsWhilst these types of specialist parts are not something one experts to see on the shelves of the local Wal*Mart superstore; they are still accessible to boating enthusiasts who don’t wish their enjoyment of local lakes, rivers, and the oceans to be interrupted due to a minor part becoming faulty or completely unusable.

Purchasing Spare Parts to Prevent an Interruption During Boating Season

In the Special Forces community, they have a saying, “Two is one, and One is None.” This means that should be an individual component, or piece of equipment go wrong, having only one is a bad plan when it causes the mission to fail. Similarly, with parts that are known to wear out or become faulty after so many cycled uses, it is smart to buy replacement parts before they’re required to be ready.

The purchase of spare parts ahead of the requirement not only prevents a breakdown of the use of the vessel, but it also avoids annoying issues with parts being out of stock and a new batch now slated for manufacturer soon, or indeed, the part no longer being made at all. Parts have an extended shelf life, so it never hurts to have a good supply of the most obvious spares to ensure the continued use of a beloved boat that you or the whole family enjoys the use of on extended weekends.

Marine Battery Replacements

While batteries tend to be reliable and have a well-understood life expectancy, the truth is that we all know batteries that suddenly failed at the most inconvenient times and often with little or no warning ahead of time.

Whether it’s a problem with the connectors on the battery or the battery simply not holding much of a change any longer, or the marine battery box has been damaged beyond repair, it’s not too surprising when batteries need a sudden replacement. As long as you have a good place to store one at the proper temperature, having a spare battery on standby is never a bad idea.

Props Can Be an Issue Too

Without a good propeller, you’re pretty much dead in the water at that point. Whether it’s a decent prop or a set of prop nuts that has come loose and fallen away, have a problem with either of these, and you’re going nowhere fast.

A spare prop and a prop nut set isn’t a bad thing to have on the shelf ready for the worst. It may not save you from a prop-related problem in the middle of the lake (unless you carry the spares with you on the boat) but it will allow a fast fix of the trolling motor to get it back in the water quickly.

Mounting is Broken

The mounting for the trolling motor is broken, and the motor just won’t stay on the side of the boat to let the propeller power through the water successfully. This type of issue seems like a small one, but with a mount that’s no longer fitting properly, the trolling motor isn’t going to work well from there on.

Telescoping Handle is Broken

The telescoping handle is the most useful way to control the boat’s trolling motor from a short distance. Pointing the propeller in the required direction is necessary to pilot properly and avoid collisions with either other boats or people in the water for a swim in the local lake.

Strong Sun, Solar Panels Underperforming

One of the latest innovations in boating is a solar panel to supply between 5 watts up to 100 watts of power. The boat’s system is able to use the power converted from monocrystalline charging panels to feed different amounts of DC power to systems like navigation, power distribution, lighting, and electrical outlets.

Sometimes either the solar panel(s), the cabling or the battery bank becomes faulty or damaged and needs replacing. When the solar panels regularly supply enough watt-hours of power for daily use, their loss can be significant. Any boat that’s moved away from fully engine powered systems to run non-primary systems could quickly find they’ve lost a lot of functionality that came to be expected with a modern boating experience.

A spare solar panel, cabling or battery system is a good idea to cover the loss of system functionality.

Buy Original, Never Generic

When owning a Minn Kota and Newport Vessels’ trolling motor, one must buy their branded parts for best success when swapping out faulty components. Trying to buy a generic version is usually a bad idea, and even if it were to fit, it’d likely let you down just when you needed it when coming back from a long journey on the water. It just isn’t worth taking the risk. Buy original at all times.

Sourcing of Spare Parts for Trolling Motors

The smaller the part and the less often it is needed, the trickier it is to find a suitable one. Both Newport Vessels and Minn Kota tend to outsource the supply of spare parts to mainstream boating equipment distributors. There are not that many to choose from, and the list of components can be somewhat baffling at first.

Alternatively, Amazon.com actually not only supplies trolling motors but also many of the components too. In almost all cases, these get supplied through third-party vendors (unless the part is a popular one in the boating community). Sometimes the parts may be ordered separately, and at other times Amazon offers then as an Add-On. The Add-On category is where the part is ordered as part of another related order, like buying a larger item, such as a boating solar panel or a backup trolling motor. It largely depends on the part that is needed whether Amazon provides it and will sell it completely separately to another boating-related purchase.

Don’t Let the Cost Hold You Back

Individual parts are not too expensive. Most parts are in the $5 to $20 range, but it obviously depends on the actual item. Many times, the replacement is a nut or a cable or other minor part and the time to deal with organizing the replacement is more of an inconvenience than the cost of the part itself. Therefore, the cost of spare trolling motor parts shouldn’t really be a concern; they’re certainly less expensive than batteries or whole trolling motors themselves.

So, don’t let cost hold you back from making sure that you’re ready for all your boating needs.


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How Much Does A Trolling Motor Battery Cost?

Most of the people use an ordinary car battery to power their trolling motor. The car batteries not only create some issues but also completely destroy the trolling motor. For this reason, people are seeking for the best and effective battery. To meet the requirements, the leading and reputed trolling battery brand offers lots of specialized and effective trolling motor batteries. These are the specially designed batteries that are ideal for large distances and high current. The batteries are designed especially for harsh and prolonged activity. Purchasing the branded and efficient trolling motor batteries make sure that you invest more time fishing and less time recharging. If you want to enjoy these benefits, you can choose the best type of trolling motor battery. Choosing the perfect trolling motor battery is not an easy task because there are several types of batteries available now.

Need For Trolling Motor Battery

To narrow your searches, the best and leading online website came with a list of topmost and branded trolling motor batteries. The reliable medium not only offers you some facilities but also allows you to check the key features and specifications of every trolling motor battery. It is important to check the cost before choosing any trolling motor battery. These are essential considerations that help you to pick and buy the high efficient trolling motor battery without any confusion. Usually, people consider the brand and features before buying any battery because of its high quality and durable results. Apart from that, the price tags also play a vital role in choosing the right trolling motor battery. The cost details of popular brands are daunting so that you can consider it in a careful manner.optima marine battery

Important Aspects To Consider

Most importantly, you can select the superior quality and deep cycle design, because it will deliver the optimum performance along with stable discharge rates. These specialized motor batteries last for longer periods so that you can buy the best and effective trolling motor battery from leading brands. When you decide to buy the trolling motor battery, you can consider some useful aspects, including boat weight, fishing style, fishing condition, climate condition, water condition, thrust level, and boat weight. There are the most important considerations that help you to buy the best and highly effective motor battery. The smart selection helps you to enjoy durable results and less maintenance. The best and effective trolling motor battery includes lots of specialized features. The high capacity and efficient batteries are extremely powerful. These are also rechargeable, which is a major highlight of the trolling motor battery.

Major Features And Cost Details

The best and powerful battery includes some special features to keep their charge for a long time duration. Apart from that, the perfect rolling battery includes vibration resistance. The price of these best trolling motor batteries is very reasonable so that you can buy it without any hesitation. The cost of the trolling motor battery will be varying from one brand to another that range from $64 to $120. The unique price range helps you to buy the best and effective trolling motor battery within your budget. If you want to save money and enjoy the unique performance, you can choose the deep cycle batteries. These kinds of specialized batteries can take care of different heavy duty jobs without overheating. The highly effective deep cycle motor battery includes a heatproof design that grants perfect cooling thus it can stay cool under different circumstances.

Buy The Budget-Friendly Battery Online

The branded and most effective trolling motor battery includes an exceptional construction that never permits the unwanted spilling of dangerous acids. Many batteries of the trolling motor during subjected to severe situations, forms the minute breakage that brings path for the dangerous fluids or liquids to escape. Another highlight of the spill-proof motor battery is that it can be fixed to your boast in any place. These kinds of specialized features encourage people to buy the budget-friendly and effective trolling motor battery online. You can check the technology, price, features, weight, size and other factors before choosing any deep cycle motor battery. The superior aspects help you to make a smart and effective buying decision without taking more time duration. If you like to get the benefit, you can visit the right online website which comes with the complete details of different trolling motor batteries.


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Maintanning Tips For Boat Motor And Battery

Fishing is not an easy task without having good equipment on the boat. Modern technology has present people with electric trolling motor to make this task convenient. This equipment is an appreciated invention to any fishing boat. An electric trolling is nothing but one of the best pieces of machinery in sports fishing nowadays. It can be attached to an angler’s boat easily and can be used for distinct purposes, like the primary motor or a backup motor in the boat. They can also be used for trolling where legal.

However, maintenance is very crucial for using it properly. Even though nearly low-maintenance in the structure, these motors do need attention now-and-then, to assure they are working appropriately. Ignore carrying out the daily checks and the users will find themselves temporarily without a motor and coughing up cash for repairs or a new model.

Maintenance Of Electric Trolling Motor

An electric trolling motor is really a great apparatus for any fishing boat. The quality of this motor is better than others with respect to fishing. But, it is essential to keep them in proper condition. The lack of fundamental maintenance can lead to damage and repair or replacement expenses. Some tips are mentioned below to show how one can maintain a trolling battery and charger.battery maintaining tips

  • Exterior cleaning – Keeping the motor free of dirt and weeds will assist it in running smoothly. At the time of washing the motor, assure it’s properly fitted to the boat to avoid it from falling. Then, tighten any loose screws and bolts on a bow-mount motor. The exterior should be wiped using a mild soap and water solution and clear any dirt trapped in the moving parts of the unit. After the unit is dry, check the shaft for signs of wear or damage.
  • Prop analysis – Propellers are long-lasting, but not indestructible and easily damaged by hard surfaces. Prop wear, chips, and dings can greatly damage the function of the trolling motor. Adjust the motor depth for the situations to avoid impact with the bottom, and care should be taken to prevent obstacles. After that, analyze the prop for weeds or fishing line after 20 hours of normal use. Also, check whether the prop nut is secure or not.

Start by taking off the prop, read the owner’s manual and stores all loose parts like prop nut, washer and drive pin. Analyze the drive shaft. Take off any weeds or fishing line which may have tangled around the unit. This inspection should be done a few times a session. Try to remove the tangles with the help of fingers. A tweezers or flat head screwdriver is appropriate to work line or weeds free. The user should be careful not to break the seal surrounding the drive pin. After finishing this cleaning procedure, reassemble the unit following the schematic in the owner’s manual.

  • Electric parts cleaning – The user should also analyze the electric wiring and battery for motor regularly. Replace frayed or worn wiring and unraveling electrical tape. The deep-cycle trolling battery should be always fully charged. Analyze all the terminals and wash them with a battery wire brush, easily obtainable at hardware stores. Also, disconnect all the wire connections when charging the battery.

So, the maintenance of the electric trolling motor is not a very difficult task if you follow the above tips. If the motor runs into trouble, contact with the manufacturer immediately.


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