- When a fisherman heads out for a day of fishing, he wants to smell clean air and focus on his fishing; the last thing he wants to worry about is choking on exhaust or getting gas on his catch. Electric trolling motors are the perfect companion for him; they do not smoke or spew gas fumes during their operation, and he does not need to worry about gas or oil spills.
- Likewise, one of the great benefits of fishing is “getting away from it all”–and the “all” usually includes the constant noise from an urban environment. Gasoline motors are louder than electric motors, especially as the muffler systems rust in the damp environment. Electric motors should make no more than a hum, which will not frighten the fish away nor fray the nerves of the peace-seeking fisherman.
- The very nature of piston engines–turning up-and-down movement into circular motion–causes them to shake. If the engine happens to start running particularly rough during a fishing trip, sitting in a bass boat can be as jarring as sitting on an off-balance washing machine. An electric motor is completely rotary motion, eliminating most of the vibration. In addition, electric trolling motors are always ready to go at the push of a button, which can really contribute to the restfulness of the trip.
- Electrics tend to be more environmentally friendly. Fishermen have a vested interest in protecting the environment, and perhaps have a better understanding of why it is important because of their intimate interaction with nature while fishing.
In addition, although batteries do need to be recharged, some of that charging can be accomplished using solar power. This helps further minimize the environmental impact of the motor.
- While most boaters buy their trolling motors, it is a fairly simple process to build your own electric trolling motor. This means you can tailor the motor to suit your needs.
- For all their benefits, electrics do have some drawbacks. Battery weight can be a problem with more powerful motors, especially the ones that require two or more batteries. Gas motors can provide more power than electrics for less weight.
- And gas motors can provide operation over a greater range than most electric setups. A fisherman is less likely to run out of gas than he is to run out of charge.But these drawbacks can be offset somewhat by carefully matching your power needs to your boat. And of course, there is the solar charger to consider. Gas motors will not refuel themselves just sitting in the sun.