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flydoc
04-25-2011, 02:23 PM
Looking for a trolling motor for my 15' canoe. I'd like to get one that could push me upstream on one generator on the Clinch. Would a 30 do, or should I go bigger? I usually have 2 adults on board (total). Thanks!

billyspey
04-26-2011, 06:50 AM
buy the largest you can get you don't have to use it all. better to have more and not need it than to not have it and need it.

Knothead
04-26-2011, 11:51 AM
Remember, you will have to register it with TWRA now that it has a motor. I have a canoe but don't have a motor as I'm too cheap to pay for registration.

MadisonBoats
04-27-2011, 09:35 PM
Looking for a trolling motor for my 15' canoe. I'd like to get one that could push me upstream on one generator on the Clinch. Would a 30 do, or should I go bigger? I usually have 2 adults on board (total). Thanks!

You will need a 50+ # thrust to navigate upwards on the Clinch on one generator. The issue will come when you start looking at 24v trolling motors; then you will need two-batteries.

flydoc
04-29-2011, 12:53 PM
Thanks for the replies. Got the boat registered. As some of you may recall, I posted a while back about a little gas motor my brother gave me. I've got it up and running, but still not sure how much confidence I have in it. I definitely wouldn't trust it to push me back upstream to my car, I only use it to motor back up through good runs. I'm going to check out trolling motors as well.

MadisonBoats
04-29-2011, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the replies. Got the boat registered. As some of you may recall, I posted a while back about a little gas motor my brother gave me. I've got it up and running, but still not sure how much confidence I have in it. I definitely wouldn't trust it to push me back upstream to my car, I only use it to motor back up through good runs. I'm going to check out trolling motors as well.

Be sure and go upstream on your first few test trips. I made the mistake of going downstream with a sketchy motor once. I was thankful someone was able to come rescue me at close to midnight in February.:eek:

Mundele
05-04-2011, 11:00 PM
I'm kind of in the same boat (no pun intended). I have an old canoe that I bought from someone, off of craigslist. That was several years ago. Just a few weeks ago I picked up a trolling motor. I need to get the boat registered, but in Knox County they require a notarized bill of sale. Turns out I can't register it at all.

The county clerk said that I might try surrounding counties, that they might not care about bills of sale. Anyone know if that's the case?

--Matt

MadisonBoats
05-05-2011, 10:33 AM
You might be able to register it as a first time registered boat? Take the numbers and information to the clerk and see if they can run it through that way.

Tyrillius
05-05-2011, 01:38 PM
I did a bill of sale in knox county without a hull number, guess I got lucky.

If it doesn't have a hull number TWRA can assign one to it. Going through that now with my boat because they wouldn't issue a registration without a hull number. There is a form they send you to fill out and supposedly an agent comes to "inspect" the boat. That hasn't happened yet.

Mundele
05-06-2011, 01:31 PM
I built a kayak a few years ago, and I have the canoe. I was asking about the canoe and the lady I spoke with told me it couldn't be registered. I asked about the kayak since there's no sale there (unless you count the wood and fiberglass) and she said I'd have to apply for a hull number from TWRA.

I dunno I'm gonna see if my dad can get it registered in Carter County. :)

Bfish
05-07-2011, 11:33 AM
You will need a 50+ # thrust to navigate upwards on the Clinch on one generator. The issue will come when you start looking at 24v trolling motors; then you will need two-batteries.

If you are only using it to head upstream, a small gas motor might be a better option. For example I have a 3 hp Tanaka that weighs only 24 lbs. 3hp is roughly 200 lbs of thrust. A single deep-cycle marine battery is going to be 60+ lbs.

MadisonBoats
05-07-2011, 11:37 AM
*Guys, you want to get your boat registered if at all possible. You will have to pay about $9 a year to maintain it and incur potential tax fees in the beginning. However; this will help protect your boat from theft and allow you to recover it if stolen. Also; it will allow you to insure the boat. It is fairly affordable to get property insurance and liability insurance for a boat. Also; this helps with piece of mind. Please note that most insurers utilize a $500 incident deductible unless you request something lower.

This link answers the TWRA/State questions:

http://www.tn.gov/twra/boatregistrations.html

*However, the counties have different requirements. Most boats will have a HIN or BIN number if you look good enough. On Aluminum boats; check the transom area for numbers that have been filled in with paint.

HIN Location and link to request form:

http://www.tn.gov/twra/pdfs/hullid.pdf

Hull ID Numbers and how to interpret them:

http://boatsafe.com/nauticalknowhow/hin.htm

Manufacturer ID Information:

http://www.uscgboating.org/recalls/mic1.aspx

Tyrillius
05-09-2011, 08:28 AM
Had my visit from the TWRA agent on Friday to assign a HIN to my boat. As it turned out it already had one but not on the transom. The agent informed me that typically boat manufacturers put them in more than one place. My drift boat had it near the nose under the outside edge. The agent said that even though it had a HIN since it wasn't displayed on the transom it was good that I submitted the form to get one assigned and the boat inspected. They are going to make one that matches my boat to put on the transom.

I guess when the previous owner had my boat reglassed the one on the hull was covered.