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DJS posted 06-29-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)   Profile for DJS   Send Email to DJS  
In the past I have read a lot of posts on this forum in relation to where, or how, to mount a trolling motor on different style Whalers. I haven't seen very many suggestions that appealed to me.

Yesterday I was talking to my outboard mechanic friend and he asked me why don't I put a trolling motor on my 1987 22 Outrage. I gave him several reasons, including bow rails in the way, no good surfaces on which to place a mount, and sufficient backing for fasteners not being available. He opened a catalog and showed me a Minn Kota Model EM 54. This trolling motor is a 54 pound thrust and mounts on the cavitation plate of the outboard motor and sticks up above the cavitation plate. When your boat is on plane the unit is out of the water, when you slow down it is in the water.

Does anyone have any experience with this type of trolling motor? I would appreciate any input in regards to your experiences with this concept.


soggy bottom boy posted 06-29-2002 03:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for soggy bottom boy  Send Email to soggy bottom boy     
I've used both transom and bow mounted electric trolling motors on a number of non-whaler boats. Bow mounted is hands down better, as you can maintain control in windy conditions. On a boat that size I would think about a small kicker.


JBCornwell posted 06-29-2002 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, DJS.

If you want a troller, get a 4 stroke. If you want an electric positioner, put it on the bow*.

* Add a pulpit and pulpit rail. Then you have a solid mounting surface and room to raise and lower a good Minn-Kota Power Drive, Auto Pilot or Genesis motor, any of which you can control from anywhere in the boat.

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

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