Most people just know that there are freshwater trolling motors and saltwater trolling motors but do not know their differences. But there are very distinct differences which are important to know so as to make the right choice while deciding which one to use depending on needs.
One of the main differences between the two types of motors is the sacrificial anode which is a small metal tab on the bottom. This anode plays an important role when it comes to the durability and performance of the motor. On the saltwater type the anode is usually covered and coated with more materials so as to prevent it from rusting easily. The main importance of this is that salty water is more collusive and therefore the anode being better covered prevents it from rusting easily.
Another distinct difference between the two types of motors is that most freshwater versions are usually manually operated. This means that they use hand control and foot control to work effectively. This is usually helpful because the person using the motor has better control and can easily regulate the performance. However, this has the disadvantage of that it requires more effort to use the motor effectively and one might not be able to do other things on the moat while using this type of boat. But even if the controls are manual they are designed in a way that users do not require that much effort to navigate effectively.
There is also a distinct difference regarding mounting when it comes to freshwater trolling motors and salt water trolling motors. The mounts are usually either bow mount or transom mount. This difference usually depends on the kind of work that the motor is to be put on. Having a bow mount is usually beneficial because the user can access the different elements more easily. On the other hand, having a transom mount means the motor can perform better and there is also more space on the boat. This gives one freedom to carry more things and therefore use the motor more conveniently. Furthermore, the different types of mounting are also instrumental depending on how one intends to use the motor.
The costs of the two types of motors also vary with most of the saltwater motors being more costly. This higher cost is mainly brought about by that the salt water motors require more modifications to prevent rusting and therefore they require more work while being made. Therefore, through knowing the outlined differences between freshwater trolling motors and saltwater trolling motors one can be able to effectively make the right decision while deciding which one is the most ideal one to use.