Trolling Speed

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2014/05/07 20:20:15 (permalink)

Trolling Speed

So I have an older MinnKota with five forwards and three reverses.  I would like to be able to tell what speed I am chugging along at with each setting.   Does anyone make a speedometer with low speed demarkations that I could use?  I don't really need one that tells me if I am going 50mph!  Pretty sure that's not happening. lol

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    Chris Johnson
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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/07 20:59:26 (permalink)
    Not sure if this will help, but I use a handheld gps.  It seems that most of the newer smart phones have a gps app that will work as well.  We used something similar to this years ago.  
     

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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/07 21:18:36 (permalink)
    Thanks  Wondered if a garmin would work.  Fellow on another sight said it would be accurate but not if windy or waves, which makes absolutely no sense to me.  No matter the external forces, it still would measure your forward rate of speed, unless I'm missing something 

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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/07 23:03:36 (permalink)
    The gps seems to be accurate for me.  I have paced alongside friends boats and we've had nearly identical readings.  I've heard that gps' are accurate to within ~3', and the unit must report some kind of average for the speed (if only the past 5 seconds) or the speed would continually fluctuate.         
     
    It's fairly accurate in the car.  I use it when one of my kids or the wife is driving and it keeps me from straining to look at the dash.  i can apply that imaginary brake pedal without looking over, lol.
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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/08 14:25:39 (permalink)
    if you have a smart phone, you can download a gps app, or maybe a standard map on the phone might be able to tell you. It will be just as accurate as any other gps
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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/08 20:19:15 (permalink)
    Hey thanks for the advice.  Dawned on me I have an old Garmin Etrex   Tried it out today in my vehicle and it was pretty accurate.  I'd say on the lake at a steady trolling pace it would be pretty much dead on.   Thought about the Iphone app thing, but that would burn the battery in no time just like the navionics app.  Maybe I need a cigarette lighter in the dash so I can charge my phone......hmmmm......

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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/09 22:11:12 (permalink)
    DC outlet is one of my most used mods to my boat, simple to do too. I think what someone mentioned about wind/waves may have been thinking of the depth finder paddle wheel speed gauge, or the calculations for trolling. GPS is the way to go for actual speed. Personally, I like the paddle wheel for trolling, to show what the water is doing too.
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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/05/17 07:16:00 (permalink)
    opsman, i think what he was saying isyou cannot rely ONLY on your t.m. to give you the same speed at all times since wind ,n, waves affect your boat. in other words, 3rd will not always be 2.1 mph, 2nd won,t always yield 1.7 mph. you will need another source of measurement. but since you already have the etrec, problem solved.
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    Re: Trolling Speed 2014/06/01 22:43:42 (permalink)
    I use Ulysse Speedometer app on my smart phone. It's free at the play store. It will show you tenths of a mph. Great for trollin.
     
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