Designed to have the longest run time of any motor in its class and the advantage of a precise variable-speed adjustment, VariMax™ gives you the freedom to fish all day with unmatched control of your boat—with the Digital guts to get it done, day in and day out. You’ll get up to 3.5X the battery life over 5-speed motors. And never have to settle for a little too fast or a bit too slow. Dial it way down and whisper through the shallows, or crank it up and cut through the wind with less amp draw than ever before. Fish longer, fish at exactly the speed you want, and fish more silently. And do it with the extreme durability of Digital.
Digital variable speed control minimizes amp draw and maximizes fishing time
Large diameter 1.25'' shaft for greater strength and durability
Powerful 3.5'' diameter VariMAX™ Digital Motors run cooler and last longer
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hubbster Great Product
I have had no problems what so ever with this trolling motor. This is the third weekend of use and have never ran out of juice in my battery. I am pushing a 24 ft. pontoon around and this motor has plenty of power to do it. The only negative was upon receipt from Bass Pro Shop the instructions said to install a 50 amp breaker inline to trolling motor and if running from a battery other than on the front deck of boat to use 6 gauge wire. None of this was included with motor and I never once was prompted to buy these items to be able to use trolling motor out of box. I ended up at my local boat dealer and for $9 bucks got me set. Could be very flustrating if you lived somewhere out and no boat dealer was close. Contacted both BPS and Motorguide that there should be a note to buyers to purchase a breaker and wire set if they currently don't have these on their boat. Other than that I am fully satisfied with my purchase!
May 15, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoeBW VariMax
55lb 12v on my 18.5ft pontoon works great ! Plently of power and easy to install pushes boat with ease in 15mph breeze
July 20, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by nothavnfun would not work
I have a 21ft pontoon fishn boat there is no way to mount a trolling motor on the front of the boat. I trailer my boat at all times and the way the boat goes on the trailer you would have to take the motor off the boat all the time and that isnt going to happen with me. someone needs to design a better way to use it as a fishn boat not a pain in the you no what to use a trolling motor. If you have any better ideas Ill listen.
April 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Ralf OUTSTANDING TROLLING MOTOR
I BOUGHT THE MOTOR GUIDE VARIMAX 24 VOLT BOW MOUNT TROLLING MOTOR AND IT HAS PROVEN TO BE WHAT ALL THE CLAIMS ARE FOR IT. I REALLY LIKE THE BLUE LIGHTS SHOWING HOW MANY VOLTS I'M USING AND HAS ARROWS SHOWING WHAT POSITION THE MOTOR IS IN, FORWARD OR REVERSE. I ESPECIALLY LIKE WHAT IT SHOWS AFTER SHUTTING IT OFF, HOW MUCH JUICE THE BATTERIES STILL HAVE AFTER A DAY'S RUN. I USED THE MOTOR CONTINUOUSLY ON 60% POWER FOR 90 MINUTES WITH HARDLY ANY POWER USED FROM MY FULLY CHARGED BATTERIES. THE 75 POUND THRUST MOTOR IS OUSTANDING FOR MY 22 FOOT PONTOON.
November 8, 2010
Two 12 volt batteries hook in series by a connecting cable. The instructions are in the box to where one connects the cable and how many amps it should handle. There is also instructions showing how to put in a 50 amp fuse between the batteries and the motor. Ask your local marine battery dealer he should have all the answers. I have the VariMax and it is a great electric motor. I usually use it three times for 4 hours before I have to recharge my batteries. I have the 75 lb. thrust for my 22 foot pontoon and it pulls my pontoon against the wind at 2 mph. It has a gauge atop the motor that tells you how much battlery life you have left, a great feature. It is just a great motor. No complaints about it at all.
IT DETACHES AND DOES NOT TILT IF YOU BOUGHT THE BOW MOUNT FOR A POTOON BOAT. TO DETACH UNSCREW THE HAND BRACKET DOOR KNOB AND REMOVE THE MOTOR. I JUST LOOSEN THE BRACKET AND SLIDE THE MOTOR OUT OF THE WATER & RE-TIGHTEN WHEN I GET UNDERWAY. THE TRANSOM MOUNT MODEL DOES TILT AND SOME OF THE OTHER MODELS ALSO DO.
I HAD A 12 VOLT 50# THRUST TROLLING MOTOR ON MY 22 FOOT PONTOON BOAT AND IT DID NOT MOVE THE BOAT IN A 10-20 MPH WIND. I BOUGHT THE 24 VOLT 75# THRUST MOTOR AND IT MOVES MY PONTOON IN UP TO A 20 MPH WIND. AS FOR YOUR 20 FOOT PONTOON I WOULD GUESS PROBABLY WITH DIFFICULTY IN A 10-15 MPH WIND. WITH WINDS LIGHT AND VARIABLE YOU SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM.