I have a 14' Wenonah Fisherman canoe in which I rigged up for trolling lakes, rivers and salt water bays. Originally I was in the market for a Minn Kota Riptide 50, but for some reason Walmart website never keeps that model in stock. So I went with the Minn Kota Endura 50 with a 60 dollar mail-in rebate.
This model has definately met and exceeded my expectations (I'm a very picky person). I have never owned a trolling motor before, but I have a good sense for quality equipment. This so far has given me the meens for trolling up in down the lake that I live on for hours on end. The only thing I would like to see changed is that the power lead should be lengthened or Minn Kota should make after market power lead extensions available. My battery is located in the middle of the canoe and the power lead came up way too short. Also, if you do have to extend the power leads, you'll need to use 6 guage wire (due to the mass amount of current draw) and also have some way to connect the extension to the motor's 10 guage power lead. For the extension, I used 6 guage jumper cables and soldered in a heavy-duty quick disconnect which really works well.
The motor itself provides enough power to quietly muscle through choppy/windy waters with two full grown adults, my 60 pound canoe and another 100+ pounds of gear (including battery). I didn't think I'd like the telescoping tiller handle, but I actually love that option now. The mounting bracket is very solid and I have no complaints with it. It is very easy to adjust the depth that the propeller is at when you run into shallow waters and to quickly pull the prop completely out of the water when you bottom out on a huge rock.
If your in the market for a trolling motor, I would definately recommend this one.
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