The long and short of shaft lengths

A question we are often asked about here is regarding the length of trolling motor shafts, seeing as we offer the option to CUSTOMISE the length to suit your boat. So, what impact does this have on your boating experience?

It’s important to get your trolling motor set in the right position for best possible performance… ensure you have enough clearance between your vessel and the propeller, but also that it doesn’t sit too deep if operating in shallow waters.
Many systems are smaller and less powerful, with standardised 36” shaft (91cm) the most often seen.


BUT: Pelican Trolling Motors Brushless range come standard with a 100cm shaft for a few important performance reasons…
1) This length is great for larger boats, which previously had neither the power nor shaft length available to suit their thrust requirements. It also accounts for the greater height of a vessel that may require, for example, a 160LB thrust motor.
2) Having some extra room to adjust your mount ensures the system sits in the optimal position, not just for the propeller at one end, but also for the control handle at the other.
3) When operating in rough conditions the motor can obviously rise and fall along with your boat, so the longer shaft is great for ensuring your motor stays in the water and maintains stability while you steer.

4) A general rule is to ensure you have 20cm between your motor and the waterline for optimal performance, so the 100cm shaft provides that extra leeway in adjusting the tiller control to a height which suits you.


The 100cm has been chosen as our standard because it will suit most boats which use motors within this power range and smaller watercraft also.
We are happy to custom-make longer shafts for bigger boats needing extra length, or shorter ones where you may have a vessel that’s often using shallower waters. The important thing is that you have the choice, and we are always happy to discuss your needs.

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