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    Posted: 02/22/2012 at 1:59pm

I’m looking for an outboard and I don’t want to sink much money into one because I use my boat just for an island on summer days about a mile out from my house.

 

So my question is what is the bare minimum that would move a 34’ pontoon boat without the wind taking me away?  All I need is 5mph…basically a trolling motor that will overcome normal (not stormy) winds.

 

Anyone have super small outboards?  Or even high thrust trolling motors?  Thanks for any input.

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I'm thinking a high thrust trolling motor would do if you're only a mile. I assume you'll take it back to where you can recharge the batteries easy enough, and it'd be low maintenance compared to a small outboard. Initial cost would be a stickler. Myself I'd go with a new trolling motor since the ones you'll find on craigslist you don't know much about them. I know my 55ft lb troller pulls my 20ft very quickly and easily on the high setting even in a stiff wind. Something like a 70ft lb 24 volt might be the ticket. Just means more batteries.

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If it was me I'd get a small outboard, you can get up to a 20hp merc at academy, I think the 5hp is like 1500 bucks.....you can spend that much on a new trolling motor but you wouldn't have to worry about batteries.
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i would go with an outboard also. trolling motors are not that powerful in strong winds. you have a big boat. small used outboards are everywhere for short money.

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Yeah, definately want to go outboard...just want to know how low I can go...10hp, 15, 20?
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I'm thinking small. 5- 7.5- 9.9 They will all be around the same price used. I would buy the biggest one you feel comfortable with. You never know when you might want to do some cruzing.
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On a 34' toon, I wouldn't go any less than 20 or 30 HP. You never know what the weather will do or if you need to get back faster. A 10 HP will be screaming it's guts out and going nowhere fast, especially in a headwind. A good Johnson or Evinrude 30 HP from the 80's would be a good choice.. 
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My 30 HP moves my 20 ft 11 to 12 MPH (GPS measured) with two people and 25 gal gas.  That is no wind condition.  For a guaranteed need to move a mile each time plus your boat size, I'd have to say a 20-30 HP would not be too big.  Would not need a large gas tank to just move 3-4 miles.  The small motors are pretty easy on gas, especially if you don't firewall the throttle.  Just my 2cts.
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I would agree the 25 hp range is best for your needs.
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Also if your on a river or flowing water (tide) that can hinder you. If your going 5mph and hit a 3mph current your down to 2mph
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Assuming that your toon is set up in the conventional manner, with a console, be sure you get one with an electric start and remote steering, remote throttle, choke, etc. They do make these in the 20 - 25 HP range, not sure about a ten horse though.
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I would say it is more about stopping than going. My first pontoon boat had a 25 HP motor.  It was a 20' with an aluminum hardtop.  I could barely park it in a 10 mph wind.  I would say 40 - 50 hp for the torque.  That will really help you stop.
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