I agree with the post above. Kind of. I just added the 74 to my boat and it's working out alright. The batteries are heavy, your right. With winter level water the weight should not be a major concern. The power of he 74 has the poop to do some good thing but lacks the poop to do some other things. Motoring back up runs in the side current works ok, if there is a soft side current. If your looking for doing reruns a lot I would go 101. If your mainly sidedrifting and not shooting back up much then the 74 is a good bet. Even the 55 at that is going to work. Do you plan on going in to salt water? If so then you'll need the rip tide model because it's salt water safe. Does minn kota 55 come in the rip tide
series? I think it does.
Another thing that has helped me a ton with electric motoring. A voltmeter. 16-20 bucks well spent so you can check what's going on with your charge level in your garage. Using a voltmeter is best done 24 hours after charging. That will give you a accurate reading. Most batteries will come down in charge somewhat after charging. Imedietly (sp) get a charge of over 13 volts. Something like 13.1. But If i wait the 24 hours and check it again with the voltmeter the batteries will show something like 12.9.
Can you turn the head on a 55? That's something I have not done on my motor yet. I've got a lot to learn. I do know that at full throtle the motor will last a couple of hours at full power then a couple of more at sputter speed. I almost got caught up in a tidel enfluenced creek last week with no power left. I motored up 2 hours and oh crap, there goes the power. My return to the main river was very concerning. So, if your going to be on the motor a lot try and stay away from running full throtle, you'll conserve power was my lesson. Better to get there a little slower then to get there fast and be out of juice.
if u can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen