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A Variety Of Trolling Motors For A Variety Of Needs

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On: Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 3:21PM | By: Florida Marine Times

Since Central Florida Trolling Motors opened in 1982, they have seen the trolling motor lines increase to keep up with the digital technology that is available. In the past few years an increase in power and performance has been offered to the trolling motor consumer. The trolling motor choices now range from a 12V, transom mount system, suitable for any small craft, to the 36V models. Some of the larger motors now offer wireless remote controls, a lever to easily stow/deploy the unit, and a built-in sonar transducer. There are a few things to consider when purchasing a new trolling motor, so that the unit you purchase will provide the performance you want: • Your boat size and type • The type of fishing you usually prefer • Additional features to meet your fishing needs It is better to choose a motor with a higher thrust rating to compensate for environmental conditions, such as wind or currents that add extra resistance to the boat. The motor series and the shaft size will depend on the boat size and the type of water in which you will use it. Each line starts with a freshwater and saltwater series; then the other features are built on the motor from that point. The other basic decisions include hand/foot controls and bow/transom mount. After that, it is time to choose from the variety of features and accessories that will enhance the trolling motor’s performance. After the purchase of a new trolling motor, there is some simple preventative maintenance that will keep the motor running strong. After each fishing trip, check behind the propeller and remove any weeds or fishing line that maybe wrapped around the propeller shaft. This alone could save on costly repairs from stress on the lower unit. Also, it is a good idea to check the prop nut occasionally for tightness. Another tip to help keep the trolling motor performing at its top speed is to lube any pivot points on the unit. This can be done with any non-aerosol lubricant. This will help to prevent dirt and grime to build up and keep things running smoothly. It is also a good idea to purchase a spare prop, prop nut and pin, in case of loss or damage on the water. A knowledgeable dealer can help navigate the variety of choices, to find a trolling motor that will suit your fishing and boating needs. William L. Phillips Central Florida Trolling Motors


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