MotorGuide Wireless Saltwater Bow Mount Trolling Motor

Last updated date: November 3, 2020

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8.6

MotorGuide Wireless Saltwater Bow Mount Trolling Motor

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We looked at the top Trolling Motors and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Trolling Motor you should buy.

Editor's Note November 3, 2020:
Checkout The Best Trolling Motor for a detailed review of all the top trolling motors.

Overall Take

This trolling motor's LED dashboard makes it easy to check your status, and it also has a wireless, handheld control. The 12-volt saltwater motor provides 55 pounds of peak thrust, and has a Machete III propeller. It also has onscreen control displays, and integrated sonar, and it is compatible with the Pinpoint GPS fishing accessory, which is the most accurate in the business.


In our analysis of 18 expert reviews, the MotorGuide MotorGuide Wireless Saltwater Bow Mount Trolling Motor placed 5th when we looked at the top 5 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Wireless handheld control lets you precisely operate the motor from anywhere on the boat. Innovative mount features easy-to-read LED dashboard that lets you quickly check the status of four key functions in any light conditions.

Expert Reviews

User Summarized Score

8.6
56 user reviews

What experts liked

Integrated sonar imaging. Built-in LED dashboard. Super strong and durable. Comes with foot pedal. Comes with remote control. Extremely long battery life.
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What experts didn't like

As for downsides, this motor is very expensive. And it’s a bow mount.
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An Overview On Trolling Motors

Electric trolling motors move fishing boats slowly and quietly through the water in order not to scare fish away. They are sold separately from boats, and they come with different features and price points. They differ from outboard engines that produce horsepower; a trolling engine’s power is measured by pounds of thrust. The higher this number is, the more power the motor has.

Trolling motors are sold in 12, 12/24, 24, and 36 volts. Larger motors have more voltage, which means more power for the propeller. They need electricity to work, and this comes from batteries on the boat. Trolling motors need at least one deep-cycle battery that is not used by the boat’s engine.

Decide what type of steering mechanism you want for your trolling motor. Some have tiller handles that are operated by hand, while others are operated with foot pedals. Some are easy to install with screws, while others need folding mounting brackets. Remote-controlled trolling motors are the easiest, but they will cost you more money; some even have auto-pilot!

When shopping for trolling motors, also check the boat shaft length. If the trolling motor’s propeller doesn’t reach the water, you’re out of luck. Always measure first. Also make sure the motor has enough thrust to move your boat, especially if several people are on the fishing expedition.

Mounting clamp width is also important, since most of these motors attach onto the boat’s side. If the motor’s mounting clamp doesn’t open up wide enough to attach onto the boat, you won’t be able to use it.

Some trolling motors are made for freshwater, some for saltwater and some for both. Clarify this ahead of time and find one that works in all of your favorite fishing spots.

The Trolling Motor Buying Guide

  • In general, every 400 pounds of boat weight requires approximately 5 pounds of trolling motor thrust.
  • Be sure to measure the shaft length and the width that the mounting clamp needs to be before shopping.
  • The biggest trolling motor is not necessarily the best one for your boat.
  • People who want to fish all day should get several extra deep-cycle batteries for their trolling motors, as the motors consume a lot of electricity.
  • Never use the same battery for the engine and trolling motor — the engine battery can get drained and stop working.