Saltwater Trolling Motors      

 

  • Specially treated and built to withstand corrosive saltwater environments
  • Bow mounts are most common.  Transom mounts are more affordable, but offer less precise steering.
  • For boat-specific recommendations, see our top-picks for off-shore center console and flats boats

 

Thrust Selection

Please remember that boat weight is the most important criteria to use when selecting an appropriate motor size. Boat length is provided as a helpful guideline but should not be used as a primary determinant of motor size.  If you're unsure how much your boat weighs, you can look it up in the NADA boat directory.  

Saltwater Trolling Motor Thrust Chart

"Performance Thrust" recommendations are if you'll use the motor in strong currents or waves, or if you simply want extended run time and power.  For more information please see our trolling motor thrust guide.

Top Staff Recommendations - Saltwater

Riptide SE 55

Minn Kota Riptide SE 45
  • Affordable saltwater peformance
  • Variable speed motor, quality mount
  • Starting around $700

Riptide ST 80

Riptide ST 80 from Minn Kota
  • Powerful 80 lbs, 24-volt motor
  • Wireless control, optional GPS i-Pilot 
  • Starting around $1,100

Riptide SF 101

Minn Kota Riptide SF 101
  • Super powerful 101 lbs, 36-volt
  • Super heavy-duty construction
  • Starting around $1,200

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