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Paint Legend posted 01-26-2001 10:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for Paint Legend   Send Email to Paint Legend  
Has anyone monkeyed around and worked out a good trolling motor system for a 13'? We do some bass fishing here in MN and a trolling motor with a foot control would be slick. I am thinking a transom mount may be the only way to do this, due to the lack of a flat section of deck (like on a bass boat). Thanks for any input!!

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Gep posted 01-26-2001 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
My Dad put a deck in the front of our 13' sport, and he added a box made out of wood in the front and secured a foot controlled trolling motor. Worked slick.
awares posted 02-04-2001 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for awares  Send Email to awares     
I added a platform to handle a Motorguide foot controlled troll motor on my 1968 13'
Whaler several years ago and it worked great. I also added a pedestal seat to the side of the front hatch. I reinforced the mounting on the hatch by using steel
plates on the outside and in the inside of the hatch. The seat and pedestal could be removed anytime I wanted it removed.

The boat prior to my ownership was involved in a fire that destroyed the interior deck and wood parts. I restored the entire boat and incorporated the troll motor into the restoration. I had to carpet the interior when I completed the restoration to cover up all of the repairs. It turned out great.

I am currently restoring the entire boat again. The first time I did this was in 1976. I am doing this together with my 11 year old son. This is will be his boat.

This time I am also running all of the electrical wire through a very small conduit that will be glassed to the side and the floor to handle the electrical hook up.

The only problem I had in the first arrangement was handling the extra battery placement. I did not want to use the motor battery. I did that at first and I would run the battery down than I would have to pull start the engine.

I hope this will help you and if anybody else has any additional comments would be

FISHNFF posted 02-05-2001 01:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
I mounted a Moorguide bow foot control to the port bow step on my previous 1981 13 sport. I removed the front bench seat for more room and actually made an extension to the console which housed the battery for the trolling battery. A fishfinder with a temp gauge was mounted onto the starboard step with the transducer on the trolling motor. For the mos part I stood while fishing from the front. Not much room with the foot pedal but I did fine. I had a swivel seat mounted to the floor but took it out. I just made a stainless bracket which mounts to the side of the bow locker for a butt pedestal seat for my friend who now owns the boat. The seat is raised to fit a 6.6 gal Yamaha gas tank and a battery and is supported in the center. An icechest serves as a livewell and is tied to the rail port forward. The Yamaha 50 pushes it great.
Paul posted 02-12-2001 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Paul  Send Email to Paul     
I have been working with mounting options for trolling motors on my completely refurbished 1966 Sport 13. I had a scissor-mount MotorGuide motor that I looked at first. Friend of mine gave me one off his bass boat. I did a plywood mock-up of a mount which would simply bolt-through on the gunnel at the bow and provided a platform 24" long and had a leg which bolted down onto the little deck up front. The idea was to have this mock-up fabicated out of aluminum or stainless and mount the motor. I have seen this set-up on another boat. These scissor-mounts require a 7"x24" mounting surface, which is quite a bit for such a small deck space, plus there is the bulky cable-driven foot control which has to have a home up there, too. So I switched to a Minn Kota PowerDrive model. This can be mounted on a 9"x14" surface and is easily removable for trailering/covering. We are working on a mahogany mount surface which bolts-through the gunnel, then is supported at the rear by a stainless leg which fits on the lifting eye ring bolt. The PowerDrive unit steering is electrically driven and the foot pedal is on a wire instead of the heavy 65" cable system. It gives more room up front in the boat and more options. We are glassing in a seat base behind the bulkhead on the floor instead of using the Whaler bulkhead mounted swivel seat. I find the Whaler pedestal seat to be too low and too bulky. We will put in a taller, smaller, bicycle-type seat. The varnished mahogany mount for the trolling motor will carry nicely the mahogany theme from the interior. I'm still in the concept and mock-up stages, but the new trolling motor should arrive this week and I have all the materials ready. Then we will see how it goes. I want to be bass fishing out of it by April.

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