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GREENHEAD22
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How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
Really need to get a Riptide however not wanting to spend that much money to outfit a small aluminum boat. How bad of an idea is it to run a freshwater trolling motor in salt water or brackish water?


Splackavellie
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
Not sure how bad it actually is. I’ve done it for years. Apparently one of the main differences is the coating on the outside of the motor.

Does void the warranty in most cases however.


GREENHEAD22
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
I am more concerned with electronics. Just wanted to make sure it wouldn't make it crap out quickly.


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cbr900racer22
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
I have a 5 year MG 82 tour. Been in brackish water several times a year. As long as there is not any water intrusion you should be good. I pull a bolt out behind the prop every 6 months or so to make sure.


speckledawg
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
I've been running a cheapo minn Kota in saltwater on my little flat boat for years. I didn't expect it to last long, but hasn't given me a lick of trouble.


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DTRooster
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
Same here. I don’t pull no bolts tho, lol. Did have to change a set of cables last year


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TxWadingFool
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
I've run freshwater MK's on my boats for years due to the black color matching better than white, it's a little more maintenance to keep the corrosion gremlins out but nothing over the top. I've had a couple warranty issues and they've never asked if it was run in saltwater, I've heard people make that claim before but have never heard of it happening. The one glaring issue is the coating on the lower unit of the motor always seems to come off, I've seen the same on Riptides FWIW, I rino line my motors right off the bat now and it takes care of that issue.
This post was edited on 4/14 at 6:59 pm


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GoAwayImBaitn
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
Been doing it for 20 years. Never had problems. If you see the black paint cone off the foot, touch it up. I recently put an anode prop nut on my Maxxum. It stays in brackish waters. Motor stays on the boat and boat is kept in a boat house hanging above the water. There's salt in the air constantly and all is well.


Tigah D
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
Similar to post earlier, I've run a freshwater minn kota for many years on a flat boat fishing reds in the marsh, trout in the bays. No issue. Keep that lower unit painted if and when it gets scratched up by oyster shells, etc.


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good_2_geaux
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
Ive got a 24 volt 70lb riptide I'll sell ya.


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Homey the Clown
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re: How bad of to run trolling motor in saltwater?
I run my freshwater TM is brackish water all the time. No issues yet. I've only gone in salt water once with it, but I plan to change that soon.


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