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ffgus posted 03-28-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)   Profile for ffgus   Send Email to ffgus  
I have a montauk 17 with bow rails, I need a good trolling motor (have merc 90 4 stroke, Sometimes to big to troll with) any info on types of trolling motors for this boat (bow mount under front rails, cant seem to get any info from anyone, thanks
Salmon Tub posted 03-28-2002 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Salmon Tub  Send Email to Salmon Tub     
Hey Ffgus, actually, I had a question, You mention you have the Merc 90 4stroke, when you say it is too big to troll, do you mean it is too fast, or too loud, or too what? I have a 90 2-stroke, and have always been unhappy about how it trolls, but only because I think it does not run smooth. Granted to me smooth means put a full glass of champagne on the top of the engine cowl and none will spill. Do you get any vibration at idle speed? I can feel my windshield vibrate a bit, but it may be the nature of the beast when it comes to 2-strokes.
I have a buddy that has your same set-up but with a bow mount min-kota, seems nice but only for small water like lakes and so on. May have a problem with bow mount in rougher water, in that shaft may not be long enough for when you are facing into the waves.
gw204 posted 03-28-2002 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for gw204  Send Email to gw204     
Hey Salmon Tub, sounds to me like your idle vibrations are just about normal. I have an '85 150 and it shakes somewhat as well. What is your yearly maintenance like? What plugs do you run in it? I'm switching from Champion to NGK this year as many have told me the Mercs run much better with NGKs. I hope to get my boat out this weekend for the first time with the new plugs. If I remember, I'll shoot you an email next week and let you know how she does.
seasicknes posted 03-28-2002 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for seasicknes    
I have a 97 montauk. With 90 hp Johnson (2 stroke), 8 hp johnson kicker (2 stroke) and also a minkota electric trolling motor.

While in the ocean or bays, I mount my 8 hp kicker.

While in the lakes, I remove my 8 hp kicker and put on the front electric trolling motor.

The electric trolling motor has a quick disconnect mount. Plus, installed a bigger battery (interstate group 29) in the center console. I have installed a front seat also.


Dick posted 03-28-2002 01:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I just e-mailed you a couple pictures of the bow mount electric on my Montauk.

mudpuppy posted 04-01-2002 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for mudpuppy  Send Email to mudpuppy     
What you need is the '96 8.8 Nissan 2-stroke outboard I posted on Marketplace forum, stern mounted as a kicker. The bow mounted electric on my 15' SuperSport Limited just isn't powerful enough to get back in when you really need it--when the conditions are bad and the main engine has failed. It's really the pits in a following sea, which is usually what we get here on the way back in.

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