In need of a longer shaft for my trolling motor

Discussion in 'Fishing Gear & Tackle' started by Mailman, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Lets keep the responses clean guys....When I bought my new boat awhile back I had a trolling motor picked out but the dealer offered one that was taken off a new boat for a hundred dollars cheaper than the one I had in mind.

    Fast forward......the trolling motor works good enough unless you find yourself in windy conditions that has the bow of the boat raising up and lifting the trolling motor out of the water.

    Without buying a new trolling motor with a longer shaft is there a way to get a longer shaft for the one I have? Mine is a MotorGuide FW-FB with a 46 lb thrust and a 12 volt.
     

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  2. crappiehunter18

    crappiehunter18 Member

    553
    Nov 9, 2014
    Short answer no.Longer one,yes,but need longer wites,etc
     

  3. Muleskinner

    Muleskinner Active Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Osage County
    Lets keep the responses clean guys.

    Then why would you title it as such?

    I need a longer trolling motor would be more appropriate.
     
  4. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo
    Is that better?
     
  5. RRMan

    RRMan Active Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    Savannah MO
    I have a minn Kota 45lb thrust with the 45 inch shaft,. When I'm in choppy water and the trolling motor is coming out of the water another 4 or 5 inches of shaft isn't going to make much of a difference. What little research I have done it will take a heck of an upgrade to get longer than 45 inches. There's my 2 cents
     
  6. MJO21

    MJO21 Active Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Union, MO
    hehehehehe...you said shaft....
     
  7. 421sd

    421sd Part-time malcontent

    Dec 23, 2012
    Ozarks Plateau
    Pm sent
     
  8. huntinmo

    huntinmo Member

    826
    Apr 13, 2009
    Jefferson County
    Fish on calm days, problem solved! :pop:
     
  9. MJO21

    MJO21 Active Member

    Dec 12, 2008
    Union, MO
    I hvae fought them from bowfishingextreme.com but they only sell minnkota shafts.
    http://www.ewebcart.com/3483/cart?o...reme.com/TrollingMtrParts/trolling-motors.htm

    you have a two piece shaft. I would say that if you take it to a TM shop they will be able to set you up. I would expect it to cost at least $200. I will also say that if you went to an extra foot of shaft your mount might not be designed to handle the extra torque.
     
  10. DADAKOTA

    DADAKOTA Active Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Stick to calm days. You aren't going anywhere in big wind and/or waves for very long with a 46# thrust 12 volt motor. I've got an 80# thrust 24 volt troller and was glad I had it in last weeks winds.
     
  11. BackyardBandit

    BackyardBandit Don't mind me

    Jan 12, 2012
    West St. Louis Co.
    Before a sunk another $200 into an underpowered 12 volt trolling motor I'd sell it and buy a 24 volt 70-80lb thrust motor that will actually last awhile in said conditions.
     
  12. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
    Amen:eek:::eek::
     
  13. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
    That's what she said
     
  14. ducksNbucks

    ducksNbucks Senior Member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Lathrop, MO
    I'll trade you mine? I'll have to measure my shaft when I get home from work.
     
  15. t-tomshooter

    t-tomshooter Senior Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    deer county
    just put a 200 lb weight up front so the boat will set lower in the water:D diy problem solved
     
  16. Mailman

    Mailman Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    Blue Springs Mo

    I am that 200 lb weight.:wave:
     
  17. PHhunter

    PHhunter MOD-ER-ATOR

    Jan 22, 2007
    Woods.
    Report button
     
  18. Ruger204

    Ruger204 New Member

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  19. callaojoe

    callaojoe Máistir an pointe hocht.

    Jan 21, 2004
    N/C Missouri
  20. Meller

    Meller Active Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    Really I wouldn't sweat it unless the motor is breaking the top of the water like almost constantly. Fishing the rough water of LOZ mine comes up out of the water every time a big wake comes in, but there's no way I'd want a longer one when fishing the shallows, I stir up enough mud as it is.

    Those tall sided boats are a biatch to hold in the wind regardless, if its blowing that hard I'd just park it.