Saltwater Vs Freshwater Trolling Motors

Most fishermen know that there are freshwater trolling motors and saltwater trolling motors but, lets face it, how many of us really know the differences between them? Well, what you might find surprising is the fact that there are actually very distinct differences (which are important to know) and which can, and should, affect your buying decisions. So, if you want to find out what these differences are and make the right choice when buying a new trolling motor, then please read on.

sacrificial anode

One of the main differences between the two types of motors is the sacrificial anode which is a small metal tab on the bottom of the motor. Although small, and seemingly insignificant, this anode actually plays an important role when it comes to the durability and performance of the motor.

On saltwater trolling motors, the anode is usually covered and treated with a protective coating to prevent it from rusting. This is, of course, because salty water is more corrosive and if the anode is untreated its lifespan will be significantly reduced – and performance will degrade quickly as well. 

Another important difference between the two types of motors is that most freshwater versions are usually manually operated.

This means that they use hand and/or foot controls. These controls can actually be very helpful because they give you better control over the motor and help you to regulate the speed and performance much more accurately across a range of situations. However, they also suffer from the disadvantage that they require more skill and concentration so, quite often, you aren’t able to multi-task as well as you may normally be used to as your will have to concentrate closely on controlling the motor. However, the best trolling motors are designed to minimize the effort and, with a bit of practice most fishermen find them beneficial. 

Bow Mount vs Transom Mount Trolling Motors

There are also some differences between freshwater trolling motors and salt water trolling motors when it comes to mounting them. Trolling motors are usually either bow mount or transom mount and the choice of which to use normally boils down to the application and size of the boat. For example, having a bow mount is usually beneficial because you can access the different elements more easily. On the other hand, having a transom mount means the motor can perform better and there is also more space on the boat. This gives one freedom to carry more things and therefore use the motor more conveniently. Furthermore, the different types of mounting are also instrumental depending on how one intends to use the motor.

The costs of the two types of motors also vary with most of the saltwater motors being more costly. This higher cost is mainly brought about by that the salt water motors require more modifications to prevent rusting and therefore they require more work while being made. Therefore, through knowing the outlined differences between freshwater trolling motors and saltwater trolling motors one can be able to effectively make the right decision while deciding which one is the most ideal one to use.