Currently have a 2hp Honda 4 stroke. Costly to maintain and does not seem to be made for use in saltwater. Lots of internal corrosion and lots of carb re-builds year after year. Also, as light as it is, don't like having the aft mount intermittently dragging in the water when boat is loaded with 4 or more people.
Wondering if an electric trolling motor would suffice. Only used if the wind dies or if launch is crowded and can't sail up to the dock safely. I sailed about 20 days last summer and only used the Honda about 5-6 times. Not even a tank (quart) of gas used.
I believe the rough conversion of lbs thrust to hp is 75:1. Wondering if a 55lbs thrust trolling motor would be enough to push the Getaway against a medium wind if necessary. Don't need fast, but I do need to move without rowing. Thinking a made for saltwater trolling motor would be less maintenance and could be mounted on the bow crossbar and stowed above the tramp when not in use. Battery would be 2x6V in waterproof box stored in cooler in one of the hulls.
Looking at the Minn Kota Riptide 55/Thttp://mk.factoryoutletstore.com/detail ... y_id=20851
Comments or suggestions? Experience?