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i just got a 13.5 semi-v jon boat 4.5 foot wide, was wondering what size troling motor would be good to use, does anybody think a 30 lbs would be sufficient or would i need to go bigger. down the road i would like to get a motor what size would i need. This boat is used and the sticker that gives all the info for max is no longer able to be read.
any information would be helpfull as i am a new boater.
oh and i beleive it is made by rich.
 

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Your question can be answered 2 ways. buy what you want or buy what you can afford. 36lb motors will do a good job on any lake, but a 50-55lb will get you out to the fish faster. Cost will be a factor too. you can find a good 30-36lb for 100 or so depending on where you look. New 50lb motors go for 200+. Add a battery and you could burn a hole in your wallet quickly. Look around OGF or craigslist for something in your pricerange.
As far as gas motors go, a 10 hp is just about perfect for a 14'. Some are rated for up to 30hp, but those are mostly newer models with welded hulls. Again, look around. you may find a deal on a 6 or 8hp that will get you puttering along nicely, and save you some $$ for MORE rods and reels...
I realize this is all kindof general, but it's a start. You can sink alot of $$ into a boat to make it just right for your style of fishing and location. I know cause i did it too.
 

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Your boat and mine sound very similar. All I can tell you is how mine does. I have a 30# trolling and fish an electric only lake alot. It moves the boat pretty good. The only time it is an issue is with a head wind 10 mph or higher.

You really don't want bigger than a 9.9hp as some lakes are limited to that size. I have a really old 5.5hp and it does me fine thou wouldn't mind a little more speed.
 

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I would buy as many lbs thrust as you can afford. You would never regret the decision. With not having a gas motor, I would get a 50-55lbs.
 

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Thanks for the info guys much appreciated hopefully will have the boat on the water pretty soon.
 

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as big as you can find, you can never have enough power when needed, and you don't have to use it full out all the time when used;)
 
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