Newport Vessels X-Series Trolling Motor Review

Last Updated on October 9th, 2020

My family and I love going camping, and also fishing trips to the lake, and spending a weekend there. Rowing the boat while fishing became a big task, and thus, we decided to look into trolling motors to ease through the task at hand.

After doing some research on boat motors available online, I came across the Newport Vessels X-Series (55 lb motor). The hassles of filling in gas is going to vanish by using the Newport Vessels X-Series, which is an electric trolling motor.

Considering the company’s reputation and the product built, it looked like a decent product for my use, so I decided on trying it out. This is what I have come across when looking into this particular model from Newport Vessels.

Newport Vessels X-Series Trolling Motor

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It has an adjustable 36-inch shaft that allows it to be compatible with all kinds of Newport Vessels offerings like the inflatable boats, fishing boats, kayaks, tenders, dinghies, etc.

The Newport Vessels X-Series is perfect for all your weekly or daily boating trips and is extremely simple to install and use. With this product, you do not need to row the boat anymore and can sit back and enjoy quality time with your family while on a boating trip. 

This is a great product to have while on a boating trip with friends and family, as everyone can enjoy the trip rather than to focus on rowing the boat and filling the gas. 

One should also look at their needs while purchasing this product, as a lighter option can also be taken for a smaller boat and for much lighter use according to the preference of the user. There are other variations of this product, such as one with the 40 lb thrust, which can be used for lighter boats, with a lesser load.

Pros:

  • The head can be reversed to use it on the bow.
  • The motor works smoothly across all low speed levels.
  • The motor is very powerful.

Cons:

  • The head moves with the handle, so the head tilts. But if you want to move it voluntarily, then you will have to do so manually.
  • The speed difference between the forth and fifth is quite noticeable. The speed distribution across the levels can be better,

What Does it Have to Offer

Newport Vessel X-Series Trolling Motor (55 lb) is a great motor for your boating and fishing needs. This motor has:

Thrust

A 55 lb thrust, coupled with a good battery, is powerful enough to push your boat and allows you to fish carefree for several hours. This motor is compatible with saltwater and makes it extremely convenient to use. The thrust gives it enough power to last for several hours and has a good speed in still water. 

Fiberglass

The 36-inch fiberglass shaft is perfect for the depth placement of the motor in the water and is quite durable, with great built quality. For the quality, I would give the fiberglass 4/5

Average Speed

It gives an average speed of 6 to 8 mph in a saltwater lake and is pretty stable for fishing and boating use as it does not overheat or make too much noise. Since my major use with it is boating and fishing, this product is perfect. 

It does slow down a bit when the water is not still or when there are too many people on the boat with you, but it still moves with ease, so there is no issue with that. This motor gives good speed and for a good amount of time, so I give it 3/5. 

LED Meter

The 10-Point LED Battery Meter gives a bright LED display and also gives immediate charge reading of the battery you are using. This helps to keep track of the battery in use and when to replace it. The LED light is of great quality and gives sufficient visibility when it gets dark. The LED meter has a nice display and is of good quality, so I give it 4/5.

Control Head

The control head is adjustable and has 8 speeds, 5 forward and 3 reverse, which is smooth and easily adjustable. It also has a 3-blade propeller with a max amp draw of 52 amps. The adjustable head is easy to use and shift and works really well at all speeds. 

There are certain jerks while shifting the head, but that depends on the condition of the water you are in. Overall, the handle makes it extremely easy even for a rookie like me to adjust the speed of the boat and handle it.

One con of this product is that it is not completely waterproof as the head along with the handle is not waterproof. A waterproof cover is needed so that the product does not get damaged due to rains or liquid spillage. It’s a smooth and easy to handle control head, but since it’s not resistant to water, I would give it 3/5.

Battery Life 

The battery life of the motor is excellent. One can cruise past an entire day of boating and fishing activities and still have a little charge remaining. The electric motor is much more preferable over using gas and is available at a really affordable price, as compared to its competitors. The usage time of the motor is great and sufficed throughout the trip. Thus, I will give it 4/5.

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Alternatives

There aren’t many alternatives to this trolling motor, especially at this cost range, and this built quality, but there are a few more variations you could refer to for making an informed buy.

1. Newport Vessels NV-Series Trolling Motor

Along with the several thrust variations of the Newsport vessel X-Series such as the 36 lb, 55lb, and the 62lb, there is also the Newport Vessels NV-Series Trolling Motor, with certain differences, such as there being a 30-degree shifting handling head in the X-Series, for maximum compatibility and comfort, as well as the difference in speeds and the LED battery meters.

There are also certain brands such as the AQUOS Haswing Cayman White Trolling Motor and the Minn Kota Edge Bow Mount Foot Control Trolling Motor, which are much costlier, providing more or less the same service but for a much higher price.

2. Minn Kota Edge Bow Mount Foot Control Trolling Motor

The Minn Kota Edge Bow Mount Foot Control Trolling Motor provides the same head support and comfort as the Newport Vessels X-Series, which is much needed if you conduct your boating activities standing, but does that for a much higher price, which is not including the warranty. Thus, choosing the Newport Vessels X-Series was a no brainer in terms of quality as well as the price of the product.

Conclusion

The Newport Vessels X-Series (55lb thrust) is one of the best trolling motors in the market right now considering its price as well as the quality that it provides. By getting this electric motor, it solves the problem of rowing the boat as well as using motors that run on gas and thus is cost-efficient and comfortable at the same time.

Additionally, people who want to go environmentally friendly by switching to electric motors from the one running on gas, this one is a great option available in the market considering its price, quality, and adaptability.

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