Performance and battery life

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“I have a Torqeedo 10.0 now that runs on 48 volts,” said Cummings.

This motor is listed on Torqeedo’s site as the equivalent to a 20-horsepower combustion engine. “I just put that motor on my HD18DDP Xpress about the middle of the year so I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it. My boat will run about 10 miles per hour. But some guys up north running that motor are getting closer to 17 miles per hour.”

In the electric-only game, how an angler lays out a boat and distributes the weight of the batteries and gear greatly effects how the boat will perform. Cummings has a wooden deck in his jon boat, 3 lead batteries for his 112 Ultrex, a group-24 battery for all of his electronics and a small battery in the back to run the running lights, jackplate and aerators.

“In the offseason I’ll be playing with my setup to see if I can’t get a little more speed out of my rig,” he said. “The Torqeedo also comes with two of the 48-volt lithium batteries that weigh 80 pounds apiece.”

So far, Cummings hasn’t been able to run his motor all the way down during a day of competition or practice for that matter. In preparation for a recent tournament, Cummings and his partner Gary Murphy spent the majority of a day running around and graphing and only drained the batteries down to 20 percent.

With two chargers, Cummings estimates it takes 7 hours to fully charge the batteries. So there would be enough time to recharge the batteries from completely dead for a multi-day tournament or fishing trip.