Thrust and Speed

For assistance in selecting the best trolling motor for you, click on the Trolling Motor Selection Guide below.

 

What is Thrust and Speed

  • Thrust is simply a static measurement of pushing or pulling power, and higher thrust does not necessarily mean greater speed.
  • Speed is a factor of prop pitch and motor R.P.M.
  • Given motor R.P.M. under load, and Minn Kota’s 4" prop pitch, the approximate speed that a motor will push/pull a small boat can be calculated.

The formula for this is:

The prop pitch in inches, times motor RPM, times 85%, (factor for prop slippage), yields calculated inches per minute. This value divided by 12 equals calculated feet per minute. The feet per minute times 60 equals calculated feet per hour. The feet per hour divided by 5280, ( number of feet in a mile), equals the calculated miles per hour.

((4 x 1540 x .85) / 12) x (60 / 5280) = M.P.H.

For more information, download our Runtime, Speed, and Horsepower Formulas Chart or visit our Rigging Guides page.

 

Determining Thrust Requirements for your Boat

Thrust requirements are determined by the size and weight of your boat. We suggest selecting a trolling motor with at least 2 lbs of thrust for every 100 lbs of boat weight when fully loaded. This guide is established under normal lake fishing conditions. If you frequently fish in heavy winds, rivers or adverse weather conditions you may want to consider a higher thrust electric motor.

Example: 2,000lb boat = (2000lb / 100) x 2 = 40lbs of thrust (minimum)

Please visit our Rigging Guides page for more information and downloadable guides.

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