Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor Review

Last Updated on October 9th, 2020

What makes for a perfect day out on the lake? 

Maybe it’s the serenity, maybe it’s the sense of achievement that you get when you are able to fish quite a haul, and maybe it’s just having some quality time with either your family, friends, or even self.

But you know what doesn’t make for a perfect day? 

A vessel that is difficult to maneuver or a trolling motor that is unreliable and loud enough to scare all those precious fish away. 

If you are someone who likes fishing, this is one of the worst-case scenarios, or if you are someone who just wants some quiet and peace… well, a faulty motor doesn’t make it better for you either. 

That’s why it is important to consider everything before you get ready to spend time and money on a new trolling motor for your vessel. A good trolling motor, you see, adds to your experience by making your choice boat as comfortable and safe as it can to maneuver and control. 

But how to choose between dozens of different products that all claim to be the best? Well, I have one right here for your consideration. Take a look!

Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor 

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The ‘Indestructible Composite’ claimed by Minn Kota to be indestructible for life is indeed extremely sturdy and strong and seems like it will last a long time. It also gives great depth perception to the propellers in water.

Further, the Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor is perfect for all your regular boating and fishing trips and is extremely compatible to use and easy to install on your boat. With this product, you do not need to row the boat anymore and can sit back and enjoy leisure time with your family or some time to yourself while the motor does most of the work.

One of the biggest plus points of this trolling motor is its quality built and design, along with the other features that enhance your boating experience and make it better than if you were using other trolling motors.

Pros:

  • It is quite sturdy and is made up of reinforced composite material, which keeps the product safe from flexing, bending, and also UV damage.
  • This trolling motor has an extremely powerful propeller, thus cutting seaweed extremely easily.
  • This product is available at an extremely competitive price as compared to its competitors.
  • The six-inch telescopic tiller gives way to an extremely smooth and comfortable handling of the product.

Cons:

  • The motor is not waterproof, which is one of the biggest cons of trolling motors.
  • The product is not designed for saltwater and, if used, can truly damage the motor.
  • The wiring connected to the speed switch is not properly covered or waterproof, thus not giving it adequate safety.

What Does it Have to Offer

The Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor is a great trolling motor, and it has a lot to offer. Let’s take a look at some of its key features:

1. Built and Design

This motor is pretty sturdy in its built and is coupled with a light and an elegant design to it. The motor also comes with an indestructible composite shaft, which is claimed to last for life. A 10 lever lock bracket protects the motor from flexing, bending, and getting damaged from UV rays. 

Further, it also has 3 stainless steel power propellers, which accord extra power to cut through water vegetation and hence protect the propellers from stopping or jamming due to vegetation being stuck.

2. Thrust

It has a great thrust. Coupled with a strong 12V battery, it will be powerful enough to push your boat throughout your boating or fishing trip. The model I am reviewing is a 30lb thrust, which gives sufficient power for smaller boats, and it works well even in turbulent waters. Thus overall, the thrust and the motor have a good performance.

3. Average Speed

The motor has eight speeds to it – 5 forward speeds and 3 reverse, which keeps the boat moving quite well. The boat runs pretty smoothly in turbulent conditions, too, and the handle is quite smooth in shifting through the speeds. 

The Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor is also pretty stable for fishing and boating use as the issue of noise, or overheating does not take place. Since my major use with it is boating and fishing, this product takes care of all my needs.

4. Display

The trolling motor has an illuminated directional indicator, which improves visibility and gives directions. It has a great battery test meter or display meter on top, which gives a clear indication of how much charge is there. The quality of all the indicators is really great and gives accurate readings.

5. Control and Usage

The control handle is extremely smooth and comfortable. The trolling motor is also adjusted with a 6-inch telescopic tilt handle, which gives maximum control of the boat to the user as one can control the boat at multiple angles. 

The control handle does not stop or get stuck while changing speeds and works seamlessly, even in turbulent waters. Further, the motor is extremely easy to mount and use and is light in its usage. It is so easy that even an amateur can control the boat.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Trolling Motor

One has to consider certain things to make their purchase of a new trolling motor a success for themselves. One needs to see: 

  • If that motor is compatible with their boat.
  • If it can take the load of the boat.
  • The kind of battery that is required with the motor.
  • Whether it is waterproof or not.
  • What price range it comes under.

Alternatives

Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor is one of the better options available in the market owing to its sturdy built, but it is always wise to take a look at a few different choices before deciding to spend your hard-earned cash on one. So here are a couple of alternative options for your consideration:

1. Newport Vessels NV-Series Trolling Motor

The Newport Vessels NV-Series Trolling Motor comes with a modular handle and waterproof motor. Though it has some drawbacks like inconsistent quality, overall, it is easy to install and use – it is an economical option. It doesn’t burden your wallet, but if you want something reliable and long-lasting, this might not be the best choice for you.

2. AQUOS Haswing Cayman White Trolling Motor

This one is costlier, but the features and services are more or less on the same level as Minn Kota. The foot control facility provided makes it easier and more convenient to traverse, and so does the ergonomic lifting handle. 

One of the best features of this one, in my opinion, is the wireless hand control. I mean, being comfortable is just second to safety when it comes to things to consider when investing in a product.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a reliable trolling motor to accompany you on your expeditions, Minn Kota Endura Transom Mount Trolling Motor might just be your perfect match. It’s sturdy yet lightweight, powerful, and easy to use, making it compatible with a number of vessels and this reliable versatility, in my opinion, is what makes it worth a shot.

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