I picked up the new boat for a great price. It was like 200 or 250 difference with my old boat.
At the same time a new wind was blowing for the motor. I noticed a small motor in Cabelas and did some research. This motor is a Coleman made in china like just about everything else. The thing I liked about it was it is light. It weighs 37 pounds and that is a bunch lighter than the battery and trolling motor.
Another thing I liked was the motor can be turned 180 degrees to run in reverse.
Well today I took out the new boat and motor to give them a try. I went to Bell Rapids area. I was thinking that I was not going to see anyone there. I was wrong. I saw Idahopanfish and he was trying out a new boat. I also took a friend of mine from work. I sold him my old boat and he was trying it out. Well After getting everything set I took off from the dock to catch up with my friend. I fired up the motor that was laying on it's side. There is a reason the manual says "don't lay this motor on it's side" I found out. A little of the motor oil seeped back into the cylinder. SO when it started the smoke was rolling. Note to self, don't lay the motor down dummy!
It started and ran good. It took a little to get used to the new motor and going forward for travelling speed. It would go just as fast backwards but I had one small problem. Going forward the motor goes deeper since the front of the boat comes up. Going backwards the motor comes up. If you are going under 3 mph backwards it is fine. If you open it up in reverse the anti- cavitation plate comes to the surface. If there are any waves at all the motor cavitates going backwards. It doesn't do that at all in forward. So, I could either lower the mount or just not open her up in reverse. I am going to have to play with it some more to see what I want to do. In this video the loud noise is actually my camera rattling. Here is a picture and a video of it.
A four hour run is hardly a good test of the motor and boat. So far I like it a lot and can't wait to try it some more. I am hoping that the little extra power can get me into some of my catfishing and sturgeon spots a little easier. I am also thinking that this will cure the dead battery problem I always seem to have after trolling for walleye for 8 to 9 hours.
I still have some tweaking to do. I guess more to come. Ron