Front bow trolling motor in Finger Lakes Discussion Posted August 8, 2013 I also have a MinnKota 12v 55lb (Power Drive) and it does everything I can expect from a trolling motor. I use it to counteract the wind to slow my drift or to give me a drift when there is no wind. It spends more days on the water in 20 degree weather than the warm weather for me. It's on my 16 now and spent a few years on my 17 before. I can get a days worth of steady fishing on a charge. I guess it all depends on how much you're willing to sink into it ($$$). I'm adding autopilot to mine in the near future because its still cheaper for me than dropping a grand on a new one. I'd love to but just can't justify it right now.