MotorGuide® VariMAX™ Bow Mount Pontoon Trolling Motors

   

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Shaft Length
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12

55

50"

Speed:
Variable

Type:
Pontoon Mount
  • 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
  • Revolutionary push/pull, forward/reverse speed adjustments
  • BluVis™ integrated speed and battery indicator
  • Taper-Lock™ mount with 7-point adjustment eliminates slack
  • One-touch, rapid-slide depth-adjustment collar
  • Extending tri-lobe soft-touch handle
  • Easy to adjust with a simple allen wrench, the VariMAX's head can be repositioned for placement on the bow, transom, or even the side of your boat
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. 12 volt VariMAX Trolling Motors include a one-year manufacturer's warranty; 24 volt motors include a two-year warranty.
Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 8 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent motor Works great for my 20' pontoon....holds charge very good, very quiet, and moves my pontoon with ease, even with 6 people on board. The pontoon mount was easy to install. Highly recommend this motor. July 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 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 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
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BASE DIMENSIONS:
*Length - 8"
*Width - 5"
*Height - 4 7/8"
*Mounting hole size - 1/4"

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We have a 20' pontoon boat and want a trolling motor that has a quick release
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The motor has a pontoon mount that has a hinged door for easy removal. It does not come with a quick release bracket. Thanks!
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Mine in not in a river but on a lake and the motor pulls my 22' pontoon at a good clip against a 10-15 mph headwind. Hope this helps.
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For a 22' boat it is recommended to use at least 80-101 pounds of thrust. However, if you are in slack-water lakes most of the time (no current), then 75lb should work.

If a customer fishes rivers , tailwaters or any other body of water with abundant current, recommend moving up a level or two higher than the recommended minimum thrust.
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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.
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bigger the better, 29m
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ecommended for 18' boat is a 55 pound thrust but if you fish slack-water lakes most of the time then 50 would work.

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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.
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Yes,you can mount it premanent,or Bass Pro Shops sells a slide off mount and base for it.
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NOT THAT I KNOW OFF.
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Shafts are 50" long and are not adjustable.
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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.
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I would use 24v
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The 24 volt motor with its 70 lbs of thrust would be best for your 20' pontoon.
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