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Motorguide R3 trolling motor

MotorGuide has introduced the new R3 trolling motor. It has five forward and two reverse speeds and comes in 30-, 40-, 45- and 55-pound thrust variations.

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It also packs many features that aren't normally found on trolling motors in this price range: The head is easily reversible to allow back trolling and accommodate numerous mount locations. With an ergonomic extending handle and aluminum shaft, "the R3 is the perfect choice for the angler seeking a versatile and high-quality, low-cost trolling motor," according to MotorGuide. Suggested retail pricing for the R3 starts at $119 (30-pound thrust). MotorGuide, Lowell, Mich. Phone: (920) 929-5040;

This article originally appeared in Home Waters Sections of the March 2011 issue.


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