Help me rig my new boat
Trying to get my new-to-me Ranger outfitted. The boat is a 2006 1750. It came with a old PowerDrive 12-volt 55 lb Minnkota, so that needs to be upgraded.
The boat also came with a NIB Helix 5 and Helix 7. Neither have been installed.
For a trolling motor, I know I want something with Spotlock. For electronics, I am much more familiar with Lowrance, but I have heard good things about the Helix, and for budget purposes, unless someone makes a bulletproof argument, I am going to stay with the Birds I already have.
So, I think that has me lean towards Minnkota.
My questions are, can I stay with a 12 volt system, or do I need to upgrade to 24?
Do I need the link system (I'm not even sure if it is compatible with the Birds I have). If not, what are the differences between the Terrova and Powerdrive?
Finally, I am not a DIY guy. Recommendations on where to have these installed? I might have to wait until end of season, and I am OK with that if I have to.