In this review you’ll find features of this mid size powerhouse and insight into what type, weight and size of boat this motor is best suited.
Pro features at a Beautiful Price
The Maxxum 80 trolling motor is perfect for those fishing in large lakes and fast moving water. It’s designed for most boats in the 16 to 20 foot range, depending on the loaded weight.
The best features of this motor include:
✅ Bow Guard 360 – This technology allows your boat to automatically break away from an impact and then reset itself. Bow Guard 360 is a patented feature that’s exclusive to Minn Kota trolling motors. This gives you the freedom to fish without interruptions or constantly having to reset in the weeds or stump fields.
✅ Weedless Wedge 2 Prop – If you always want to go fish in the soup but end up having to drag your prop out of the water to rid it of endless weeds and goo this propeller is going to put a smile on your face. This prop is specially designed to push past vegetation so there is minimal contact and chopping through it to get where you want to go. You can get into closed quarter spots at any speed and save battery power too.
✅ Digital Maximizer – This digital micro processing system allows you to have just the right amount of power only when you need it. Increase battery life up to 50 percent by not having constant power being sent to the motor like a regular speed control motor. The variable speed control on the Digital Maximizer motors gives you complete control by only using your foot with zero wasted energy.
How to choose the right model
The Maxxum 80 bow-front trolling motor comes in several model arrangements. All come with the standard features but there are some big differences in configuration.
- equipped with a high density composite material shaft that is nearly indestructible
- a quiet motor with excellent heat dissipation so you don’t have to worry about overheating
- responsive cable steering which most anglers find preferable to electric steering
- all models are 24 volt and require two batteries to be onboard
- models available with either foot control or hand control
You get to choose either a 42” or a 52” shaft. This depends on what depth boat you have
Note: the 42″ shaft is only available with the foot control
Find the Right Fit for Your Boat
Calculating by weight, this trolling motor can handle a maximum of 4000 lbs loaded. Typically this motor is perfect for 18 to 20 footers that are used for freshwater fishing.
Boat recommendations for this motor are specialized bass boats, bay boats, deep V boats, larger flats, center consoles up to 20 feet and pontoon boats.These motors are very powerful and the range of acceptable boats can work for almost anyone and almost any water conditions.
With that power comes weight, so regardless of what type of boat you’re using this motor on, the lift assist is highly recommended. This motor weighs up to 80 lbs and can be hard to lift out of the water especially for one person.
Without a doubt the Minn Kota 80 bow-mount trolling motor is a diamond for the fishing world. If you’re ‘in it to win it’ like many anglers out there you want the best equipment to get you those big trophies. Whether you’re a professional angler or a passionate amateur, it doesn’t matter. Minn Kota packs precision quality and features into this powerful all round trolling motor.
O.G. Schmidt, the man who invented the trolling motor, created the Minn Kota brand in 1934. Their trolling motors today are the result of 80 years of passion and perseverance.