I paddled around the river before I got myself a trolling motor on amazon.com. I enjoyed my boat and wanted to take it to the next step and upgraded to the Minn Kota Endura 30. I went to the trolling motor for sale section on craigslist and found a gentlemen selling his for only $50 dollars. I met up with him and asked a few questions. How old is the trolling motor? Has it been taken onto salt water and/or fresh water? Has the motor ever been submerged into water? Can I test the motor?
Purchasing The Minn Kota Endura 30 Used On Craigslist
The condition of the trolling motor was old and dull. I would have expected the seller to clean it up before posting on the trolling motors for sale on craigslist. I did not have a battery to test the motor so I asked him if I could use his battery for testing. He said he didn’t have a battery at the moment so I could not have tested. The motor was taken onto saltwater which means there is more wear and tear since saltwater will corrode the motor faster than freshwater.
The meeting did not go very well and I did not purchase the used trolling motor off this gentlemen. After going home and doing some more due diligent on the trolling motors, I had found out that the questions I asked were bang on and it was very important to test out the motor and let it run for at lease 5 minutes to examine for any irregularities and noise level. Minn Kota trolling motors are very quiet so there should not be any noise at all. So I decided to purchase one brand new. The stores in my area were selling them for over $200 and I was not willing to pay that kind of price. So I went to Amazon.com and got one for much less. Since I live in Canada, I drove that extra mile to pick up across the border and got it for much less then if I was to buy it in store. I Also bought myself one of the trolling motor mounts off Amazon as well since they were $30 less then the prices in store.
Minn Kota Endura 30 Arrives
The Minn Kota Endura 30 arrived a week later so I was super excited to test it out. But the trolling motor mount didnt arrive till a month later. I went to a local battery supply store and asked for the best trolling motor battery available. I also went to Walmart and got the Minn Kota Battery Box to store the trolling motor battery and keep it safe from accidental water splashes. Once everything was gatherer, I went straight to the beach, assembled everything and tested the new gear.
Testing The Minn Kota Endura 30
Everything worked out extremely well. The motor is very quiet. The battery box had extra room for me to store away a few valuables. The trolling motor mount was easy to assemble. I was stoked! I invested about $200 into four new pieces of gear and got the best bang for my buck. The new crabbing setup allows me to go further out and reach places that I couldn’t reach without a trolling motor. I caught my daily limit of dungeness crabs and had twice as fun as I would had via paddling.