I think weight and current would have little effect on it. It's like pushing 2 25' canoes. But the wind could kill ya if you have all the aluminum sides on it still. I good head wind would slow you right down.
Depends on the build of each, but 4 men can pick up my 24' pontoon. It's just a deck and aluminum siding with no seats and a little 25hp outboard. But if you add seats and other extras the weight would go up quick.
A 19' fiberglass bass boat would definitely weigh more than a basic pontoon.
i have a 65lb on my 1860 boat. it works hard. a lot of time on speed 5 when going down a dry bank or windy night. the bigger the trolling motor the less it has to work. it is 4 years old and i have had to take apart 3 times to free up the brushes where the brush housing got so hot it melted brushes in place.. supposedly if you let it cool in water a couple minutes before bringing up helps but who wants to do that. saving up for 101 or bigger. just my opinion
Ok I may be wrong but its what you wanna do. I agree that a 101 will push it better and less strain on the trolling motor but I don't have that much wind were I'm from that's why I was saying it would do fine but yes if you have a lot of wind go 101
If the OPs question is "will it work?" then the answer is yes.
If the question is "is it the best?" then the answer is no.
You will always want more at some point in time so get the biggest and best you can afford to start with.
If the OPs question is "will it work?" then the answer is yes. If the question is "is it the best?" then the answer is no. You will always want more at some point in time so get the biggest and best you can afford to start with.
Thank you all for the suggestions. I have not considered using much on the rivers but its defiantly worth considering. I have been mostly shoot bay areas. Wind and bowfishing sucks so its not like walleye river fishing. The bigger motor is looking better / more EXPENSIVE. I do like the remote and auto pilot feature as far as GPS assisted I don't think its that big of a deal.