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seagull posted 12-12-2001 04:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for seagull   Send Email to seagull  
New 1997 Montauk owner and need to install a bow mount trolling motor. There was a post on this not long ago and someone had pictures of their setup to email out, but I can't find the post. Haven't decided on trolling motor brand yet, but want to get mounting ideas before a a decision is made.
Thanks in advance
Dick posted 12-12-2001 05:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I'll e-mail you the pictures.

I am using a Motorguide with their removable mount, but any brand will work. Go for the removable mount regardless of which brand you go for.


Dick posted 12-12-2001 05:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

There is a problem with the e-mail address you have posted. Is it seahull or should it be seagull?


RHLOOS posted 12-12-2001 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for RHLOOS  Send Email to RHLOOS     
Dick, I have a 17' Outrage and would like to add trolling motor. could you please e-mail me with pictures also, Thank You Rob
whalerron posted 12-12-2001 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     

I would appreciate the pictures too.


dchapp posted 12-13-2001 07:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for dchapp  Send Email to dchapp     
If you could include me for a set as well please. Thanx
seagull posted 12-13-2001 01:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for seagull  Send Email to seagull     
Thank you for the pictures and catching a bad email address.
Did you mount the bracket to the deck with the expandable bolts avaiable from Motorguide?
Dick posted 12-13-2001 03:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I just used ss screws beded with 3M 4200 and it has worked fine.
cavie posted 12-13-2001 06:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for cavie  Send Email to cavie     
seagull I justed installed a minn-kota riptide on my montauk. I put it on the angle at the front. I went with the removable mount and it works great. I also ride with the motor resting on the trailer tongue with the tighteners loose on the rod so the pressure is not on the screws and bolts. I mounted the outside of the mount with bolts thru the flat part and screws thru the inside with 5200. any question email me back if i can help. Mark
ken posted 12-17-2001 05:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for ken  Send Email to ken     
I have installed a minkota electric trolling motor on my montauk.

I put in a bigger battery (in the console), front seat, quick release.

So far so good. No problems.


Conrad posted 12-18-2001 11:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     

I am also planning to install a bow mount trolling motor on my Montauk after Christmas.
Please send me the Pix.


whalerron posted 12-23-2001 11:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     

Thanks for the pictures. But now, I gotta wonder. What is the appropriate size electric motor for a 17 Montauk?

- ron

Dick posted 12-24-2001 11:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am running a 54# thrust with a 42" shaft. The power is plenty for me but I would go for a longer shaft, probably 50", if I had to buy a new one.
One factor to consider is do you want to run a 12 volt or are you willing to add the extra weight of 2 batteries and go for a 24 volt motor which will give you more power. What ever way you go use a good quality group 27 deep cycle battery (s).
FISHNFF posted 12-24-2001 01:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
I am running a Motorguide 52# with a Gatormount and 50" shaft and a Group 30 battery. The motor and mount weigh 50+lbs. and cause the boat to porpoise with any positive trim, even with the battery in back. Do any of you have a similar problem? BTW, the full 50" shaft length cannot be used unless I got the BigWater Gatormount. If I dropped the head down to lengthen shaft, then the motor lower unit will extend beyond the mount and hang over the boat in the stowed position. Get maybe 44" max. Prop still blows out on rough water.
GRMontauk posted 12-26-2001 10:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for GRMontauk  Send Email to GRMontauk     
I took a Minnkota off my 96 Montauk when I bought it in September. It is has the removable mount and remote control. If interested, please e-mail for further info and price.
smcleod posted 01-05-2002 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for smcleod  Send Email to smcleod     
Bow mounts can be a pain; they take alot of abuse on the bow, cost more, weigh more, harder for the captian to get to, not to mention what you have to do to your bow.

I've put transom mounts on my last two boats and I'll never go back to bow-mount. I have an 80lb. Great White on my 22' OR and love it. I can easily drop it, working only the back half of the boat...many times I will steer w/the helm.

Many will argue "easier to pull than push". I disagree, try pulling in head chop with the bow bouncing. If you need to pull, swivel the motor 180 degrees and go backwards. I do this because the prop was designed to give optimum push in forward and cavitates (or ventilates) in reverse at full speed and makes more noise (scares the fishies).

I have no idea how this setup would work in a Montauk, but it's worth investigating. I have many fishing buddies that hate thier bow mounts.

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