You are here because you have a boat with available space on your bow to mount a trolling motor. The boat is for saltwater use and you want ultimate control to reach the best spots for angling or other uses. But trying to pick the best bow mount saltwater trolling motors can be overwhelming. Due to the amount of models, sizes, thrust ratings plus high-tech features. But don’t worry I’ve got you covered, as I rated and review 3 top trolling motors for saltwater use.
To make your reading easy, I wrote this article in three sections. First, is a quick explanation about what to look for to pick the right motor. Second is a detailed comparison table of all the models covered. Then third, are single detailed reviews of each trolling motor. If you’d rather skip to a specific review, do so via the table of contents. Or read the entire article to get a complete idea about which saltwater trolling motor is best for you.
We updated this article in July 2021, half of the models that were in the article for this year are now sold out. So, this is our late season refresh for what is still available. We also did a re-review of each trolling motor. Read on to discover which of these three bow mount saltwater trolling motors are going to be the best fit for your vessel in 2021.
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How-To Pick Bow Mount Saltwater Trolling Motors
Beyond bow mounted and choosing either hand steer or electric steer you have some choices to help pick a trolling motor for saltwater. Below are 4 factors to decide which bow mount trolling motor will match your boat.
- Thrust – Measured in pounds of thrust. This is the power the motor uses to propel a boat through the water. The amount needed depends on the weight and length of your boat.
- Shaft Length – Measured from the top of the bow to the waterline plus 18 inches (45.72 cm) for rough waters.
- Battery Power – Either 12, 24 or 36 volts systems via deep-cycle batteries wired in series. 12 volts for small boats and short running times. 24 or 36 volts for medium/large boats wanting long-running times.
- Corrosion Resistant – Look for materials that are marine-grade, rust-proof, like stainless steel, aluminum, or zinc made to high standards.