I've never been a proponent of a motor on a drift boat, but.... After a few times down the local rivers here in Michigan I am thinking it might be better to drop in at a location and then fish the river either Upstream or downstream then motor back to the drop-in point (Increases time fishing vs. rowing). I end up fishing just a small portion of the rivers. The spotting fees here are reasonable, money isn't the primary issue, it's the time spent rowing Frog Water to the take out point is what I don't like.
So has anyone looked into an Electric Trolling Motor? If so what kind of thrust (40, 55 or 80 lBS.) might required for a 16 ft DB? One of the rivers I regularly fish has a Mean average of 1750 cubic feet per second with an all time max of 2320 CFS. It is probably representative of most Michigan Rivers.
Or would a 3.5 HP Four Stroke do it? I read Mark Heskett's post of 2013 regarding a 9.9 HP Merc, way too much for me.
Am I going to resent this.....