Fishing Boats - Engines and Motors
Fishing boats use some sort of motor propulsion - sails are still used for propulsion and sailing boats are fantastic, but for fishing, consider motor propulsion. Although, after successful fishing, there is nothing like raising sails and listening the wind in sails and ropes, waves hitting the hull ... OK, let's go back to engines :)
There are several classifications of boat/ship's engines:
- outboard/inboard engines/motors - outboard engines and motors are mounted on the stern of the ship/boat and if needed, they can be easily (more or less) removed from the ship. Inboard engines/motors are mounted deep into the hulls of the ship/boat and are not visible. Inboard engines are mostly diesel engines (I said mostly!), while outboard engines are mostly petrol (gasoline) powered. Small outboard trolling engines are usually electrically powered (electric trolling motor), especially for smaller boats.
- fuel - today, most of the engines use petrol (gasoline) or diesel. Some boats use electricity for propulsion, especially under special conditions (trolling for example).
For more on fishing boat motors and engines and their types in general, check our latest reviews and recommendations:
Watersnake T24S is lightweight and compact, electric trolling motor with transom mount. It is powered with 12 volts battery and features 24 pounds (~10.9 kg) thrust with 24 Amps max draw.
Its 24 inch (61 cm) adjustable long shaft features 1 inch (25 mm) outside diameter and allows the user to set the propeller at optimal depth.
For people with kayaks and similar small boats, pontoons and rafts, version with kayak bracket is also available.
Goplus Transom Mount Electric Trolling Motors is a group of versatile, affordable and very popular units, featuring 46/55/86 lbs of thrust, depending on the model.
They are simple to use and maintain, providing very good balance between the features, quality and price.
Newport Vessels 55 Pound Thrust 8 Speed Electric Trolling Motor is medium sized electric boat motor suitable for quiet trolling, but also as main drive for small inflatables, kayaks and similar boats. Range and operating time, of course, depend on batteries.
Marinetech 65-1110 and 65-0110 Navigator 110Lbs Marine Thrust Electric Boat Motor are dual electric motor system that provides 110 pounds (around 50kg) of thrust.
Moeller Flushrite Boat Motor Flusher is universal boat engine flusher with dual water feed and rectangular cups that fits most of the engines.
MinnKota RipTide 50 S Transom Mount Trolling Motor with Tilt Twist Tiller and Speed Coil (50lbs Thrust, 42 Inch Shaft) is powerful and silent electric trolling motor suitable for both freshwater and saltwater fishing.