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Old 04-22-2011, 11:52 AM
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Default Pontoon, trolling motor and a battery

Hello everybody,
I recently got a pontoon and it came with a huge 125 amp hour marine deep cycle battery that I have a hard time even picking up, really, it's that big so I want to get a smaller battery for my minnkota 36lb thrust trolling motor, what would you guys recommend?
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Old 04-22-2011, 01:57 PM
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Martin,

This sounds like a question to aim at Bass Pro. They will be expert on the Minnkota motors and power packages.

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Default Re: Pontoon, trolling motor and a battery

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On my toon, I use the yellow topped Optima battery. I believe it's a deep cycle as well. And it's the same size as a regular car battery. Hope this helps.
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Old 04-23-2011, 05:28 PM
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I have the 27 that is Huge and weighs about 60 lbs...been using one for years. But deep cycle batteries acid filled lead core use to be allot less than the AGM's. I use to get batteries from 40 to 60 dollars (last one being around $68.) It appears they are way over $100. now so the AGM might be my next choice.
But I think a battery with allot of cranking and hours is going to be a little heavy. Even the 27 Optima Yellow Top is 54 lbs.
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I have a 9' quad tube pontoon boat and tried a full size battery. A little heavy. Found the absolute best battery for pontoons to be either the Optima D51 or the D35. Both are deep cycle and will last a very long time. Over the winter you can just leave stored, pull it out in the spring and go fishing. Both weigh about 24 lbs. They are about 139 to 159 but they will out last several Walmart wheelchair batteries. I found that REMY battery has the cheapest price.

As soon as the season opens here in CA I plan on cruising Crowley with my pontoon boat for three days straight!
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:41 AM
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Thanks Big Al, I'll look into that one. I took my pontoon for a ride but I didn't bring my trolling motor, that battery is just too big!
Nice, I live in SoCal, where do you fish?
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That Optima D35 looks to be the same battery that I use on my toon.
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Looking at the specs, I think I would still have to go with the 27 AGM if one at all. Gel would be the bast choice, but check the specs out on this one:

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I think this is my next battery....Heavy sure, but I am use to the fact they weigh that much and just try not to pack it that far.
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I don't need no stinkin' electric trolling motor.

54 lbs. of motor.
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Mojo: You water skiing with that setup?

Seriously, I bet that setup will get up and scoot across the water!

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