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Old 04-19-2011, 10:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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although i've fished the river for many years i really haven't from a boat...i recently was given a 12ft boat and was thinkin of putting a 2hp motor on it that way i can haul it in bed of my truck,would that be big enough to scoot me up river? Would a trolling motor be enough to take me up river since it would be lighter to carry. ANY Suggestions will be greatly appreciated
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Old 04-19-2011, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's pretty small. If the current is low and you have the wind at your back, a 2 hp may work. I have a 15 on my 12' and with two adults (me being 200lbs) and another guy weighing 165, I was able to hit 22mph on the DPR. With myself and a guy weighing 240+ I was stuck at 9-10 with a strong head wind and current.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I tried it once with a 4hp motor, extremely slow going against the current. I'd suggest at least a 9.5 hp motor. I can't for the life of me remember what size trolling motor I used to use, I remember it was on the large side so I could make headway against the strong currents you will encounter.
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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A 55 thrust minnkota will slowly move your 12' boat up river in mild to low current. In heavy currents after rainfall you will drain the battery quickly.For outboards, 2 hp is a little bit small for a river like the Kankakee. I would start at a 4-5 hp. it won't get you going real fast, but will be more practical for loading and unloading. I've got a 4 hp on a 10' two man boat and average 5 mph up river. It's nice not having a trailer and being able to set up and go wherever. Those motors can get heavy,if you go over 5 hp. Good luck.
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thanks for the info guys. i guess i use the small motor for small lakes like mazonia, lake george in indiana, and wolf lake and start Looking for a 9.9 for river. if anyone knows of a inexpensive one im all ears
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Old 05-11-2011, 02:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Check ebay and craigslist for a used motor, be sure to check the compression before you buy. Good luck.
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