Report New to trolling motors and batteries in Kayaking and Kayak Fishing Forum Posted January 27, 2021 43 mins ago, HJS said: First, let me clarify. I have never been in a kayak. I’m 74 and I’ve been a canoe guy for almost 5.5 decades. I’m sure I have at least a couple 1000 launches under my belt. I fish both fresh (75%) and in smallish salt environs (25%). I have been using a 16’ Oldtown Camper Canoe, 60#, (no longer made). Wherever possible and practicable I strap on my 40# thrust, 30” shaft, Motorguide trolling motor. Been using a troller for the last 4+ decades. It’s a blessing, especially as I get older. That said, I’m pretty sure that a 55# troller would be overdoing the #s thrust. A 55# thrust on a kayak would be like putting 300 horse power engine in a Smart Car… you will not go that much faster, and that much power will only get you in serious trouble, not to mention use up battery storage faster. I see that Bass Pro is selling a Prowler, 30#, 30” shaft, transom mount troller for $99. Although I saw this featured in a 2019 BPS catalog. I have no idea how a transom mounted troller could be attached to your kayak. For my canoe I just use an Oldtown factory made side mount bracket, easy-peasy, and mounts in seconds, and works GREAT. See attached picture. The FF sensor mounts on the bottom of the trolling motor. Battery goes up front to even out the weight distribution. Good luck with your efforts. There's a ton of room in a canoe. I can put a medium hard cooler between the seat pillow and the motor mount bracket. I recently upgraded my lead/acid battery, 54#, to a Lithium ion, 75AH, 50% less weight. Expensive indeed but, at my age, well worth the cost. The 54# lead/acids were becoming a bit much to lug around over rough terrain. And Lithiums don't eat away you pants where the battery brushes against your pants while carrying. I used a copper battery jumper cable to run from the battery up front to the troller. In hind sight I probably could make do with less amp-hours, 75AH is a lot. Voltage of my Lithium is about 13.7v and really moves the canoe. Thats a nice set up! Me and a few friends go on 2, week long fishing/camping trips down the delaware river each year so i thought the kayak would be better suited for the sometimes very shallow waters. We did a 26 mile river trip last year and im happy with the performance of the bonafide as well as the comfort. That $99 price point is alot better that the $300 for the minn kota, and as far as the #55 thrust goes, my thought was to get a larger thrust power in hopes that i wouldnt need to push the motor to its max and be able to get a longer run time out if the battery. Speed isnt a concern of mine, any propulsion from a motor is going to be faster than i can paddle, its mainly to get me To the opposite ends of some of the larger lakes in NJ. So from what im gathering from your response is, a lower # thrust would actually be more of what im looking for, as in, it wont use as much juice in operation as the #55 thrust... all the # thrust talk and the battery lingo has me kind of lost. I have no idea how to translate how many hours of use a 54 ah lithium battery should be good for. Just hoping to get at least 3 hours of use per charge. Anything more would be great but if worse come to worse my paddle is always right there too.