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vegasllew posted 08-12-2000 10:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for vegasllew   Send Email to vegasllew  
Has anyone found a specific mount or approach that works well to mount a trolling motor on the bow of my 15'SS. Any suggestions (particularly those that don't require much mod/holes to the hull; I've kept it in original form and would like to keep it as close to "as new" as possible. But I also want to enjoy it! And a transom mount trolling motor was just not hacking it.
sport15er posted 08-14-2000 10:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
I've been looking into rigging a troller on mine also, however, I was thinking of the transom mount. What are your reasons against it?
vegasllew posted 08-16-2000 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for vegasllew  Send Email to vegasllew     
Sport15er, I have a MotorGuide MG28 on the transom, and there is just too little space next to the Johnson 70 to separate it enough to avoid the trolling motor prop from making occasional contact with the lower unit of the big motor depending on how they are facing respectively? I've mounted a pedestal seat on the front hatch cover and would fish more comfortably from there if I had a bow-mounted trolling motor. I guess another alternative for the transom would be to mount a motor bracket more sideboard to to give me additional clearance. Then there's always THE REACH BACK from the drivers seat (the MG28 doesn't accommodate any of those extension handles). Overall it has been much less satisfactory than I had hoped.
Whaler15 posted 08-20-2000 07:22 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler15  Send Email to Whaler15     
Well guys, I bit the bullet about 5 years ago and mounted a foot controlled Motorguide Four (37lb) on the right bow foot pad (drilled 4 holes). I hated drilling the holes but it has worked out really well. I use the trolling motor more than any other accessory on the boat, I'll always have a trolling motor there, and I'll never sell the boat anyway. It's a great boat, and I am enjoying it to the fullest.
vegasllew posted 08-20-2000 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for vegasllew  Send Email to vegasllew     
Thanks, Whaler15. Coupla questions, if you don't mind (especially as you are an engineer!):
Does your motor have the standard 42 inch shaft? Also, did you have to remove any sections of rail (don't know which 15 you have) to accommodate the installation? I was planning on sticking the battery for the trolling motor in the forward hatch. Is that what you did?

Thanks again. Love this forum!

Whaler15 posted 08-20-2000 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler15  Send Email to Whaler15     
Yes, mine is a 42" shaft. My BW is a Striper, so there is no rail in the front. I have the battery in the back (left)of the boat for better weight distribution since my console is on the right side. Do you get water in the front hatch when you wash the boat or it rains? I sure do. Also, if you have to extend the wire, make sure you use a large enough wire(#8 or larger) and it is sufficiently fused (probably 30A if 12V motor. Good luck!
vegasllew posted 08-21-2000 01:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for vegasllew  Send Email to vegasllew     
Thanks for the good advice, Whaler15. Living in the Nevada desert and using the boat almost exclusively on Lakes Mead and Mohave, I haven't had a total of 1/2 inch of rain on the SS15 in the 8-9 years I've had it, so I can't comment on rain getting in the front compartment, but it sure gets wet with even the quickest washdown. My occasional washdowns are in my sloped driveway, and I pull the drain plug in the front hatch. The boat is in my garage whenever it's not on the lake.
sport15er posted 08-21-2000 09:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for sport15er  Send Email to sport15er     
W15, I assume the wiring from the motor is exposed?
Whaler15 posted 08-22-2000 04:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler15  Send Email to Whaler15     
The battery is in the back port side. I have 2 54 qt. igloo cushion seats side by side behind the console (tight squeeze but they fit). From the battery, immediately through a fuse then exposed to the boat floor on port side. To cross to the starboard side, I have a piece of white PVC conduit, then exposed along the starboard side (in the wiring/cable section behind the mahogany runner) to the trolling motor.

The 2 igloos side by side are a tremendous space saver in the boat. One is used as a live bait well (or ice chest since the pump is removable) and the other as an ice chest; continuous seat across the boat. But I sure wish I could come up with a back rest.

Hope that helps!

vegasllew posted 08-23-2000 05:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for vegasllew  Send Email to vegasllew     
Well forum friends, I've decided to take another route with the trolling motor (and one that you might consider Sport15er). I'll let you all know how it works out. I have purchased one of the Neptune trolling motors (recently bought out by Minn Kota) that mounts directly to the cavitation plate of the 70 Johnson. Speed and F/W will be in a hand control on the console, as I understand it, and the steering will be with the regular steering wheel. It is a 34 pound thrust unit which should be OK, and is new in the box for under $200 including the $20 shipping. NO HOLES IN MY SS15 (still virgin except for the forward hatch cover).

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