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Hewes RF 21 Trolling Motor size??

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Hey guys,

New RF 21 owner here. I was wondering if the Minn Kota 80# is sufficient on the 21 RF, or should I look at the 112# thrust.

...and what length shaft?

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I have had both 36v and 24v on mine.  You are going to hear it all depends on where you fish which is true.  If you fish in very heavy current or need to pull someone on skis a 36v might be the way to go.  I stepped down to a 24v to save some bow weight and it does just fine for where I fish and I do not miss having a 36v.

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I had an 80lb on mine and it worked great. No complaints. 36 volt if you fish current is better of course. 

 

If money is no option get a 36 volt and a single 36 volt lithium battery

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Not the same boat ,but my LT 20fter has an 80 and handles what I need.  The lt tackle is pretty beefy weight wise.  I use a 60in shaft.  I can't speak to the need to fight current all the time. 

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As mentioned above an 80lb 24v is fine unless you do alot of fishing in areas with heavy current. I prefer hand control since I fish mostly shorelines so I replaced my original motor with one with a 60" shaft and it made a big difference.

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All depends on how you run it. I am in a 18hpx and I wish I had a 36v! I have a 24v and it works exceptionally well for half day heavy load trips or full day light load trips. If I fish all day at the jetties or in bad wind/current then the motor will be dead at the end of the day. My next set up will be a single 36v lithium battery. In my situation with your boat I would not even consider a 24v. 

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Thanks for all the input guys! I went with a minn Kota 112 36v, 60”shaft since I’ll be fishing heavy grass most of the time and also chasing bass in the river currents from time to time.

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