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 these guides:
Our latest reviews and recommendations:
Newport Vessels NV-Series of saltwater/freshwater electric trolling motors ranges between 36 and 86 pounds of thrust and is excellent choice for most of the applications where such propulsion is required.
These motors are lightweight, affordable, come with many features required for safe use and are easy to use. If you need such motors, consider these electric trolling motors as one of your possible choices.
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.