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JimU posted 10-03-2000 02:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for JimU   Send Email to JimU  
Does anyone have experience with mounting a trolling motor on a Montauk/Sakonnet with bow rail. A typical bow mount MinnKota or MotorGuide appears to require cutting the bow rail so the motor can be raised and lowered. I'm considering byuing a transom mounted version and building a bracket to mount it on the bow. Any suggestions? thanks Jim U
Johnboat posted 10-07-2000 04:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Johnboat  Send Email to Johnboat     
I mounted a 12 volt MG Great White hand control on the bow of a 1984 Montauk 17. I used the MG rubber mounts that require big holes. I did run one stainless bolt through the back edge of the rubrail..put a nylon lock nut and threaded on a nylon tip...looks fine and barely visible...and I like having at least that one thru-bolt. Regarding the bow rail...I removed it...leaving the hardware on the boat. This made anchoring a lot easier and gave the boat a more modern look. I sold the boat and the new owner reinstalled the bow rail. Ive been fishing with him and the trolling motor works just fine...goes up and down outside of the rail. When up, of course the head of the motor is sticking outboard so you want to dock on the other side, but you get used to it. I put mine on the starboard side and used a batt on the same side in the stern...opposite the factory starting batt location. I didnt already have a back up batt...but the TM could serve that fact the new owner had a bad starting batt and had to disconnect and reconnect to the TM batt and was on his way. Good luck.
Dick posted 10-14-2000 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I installed a Motorguide 52# tiller control bow mount on my 1999 Montauk. I used the motorguide removable mount so my mooring cover would still work. It took a bit of shimming to get the mount level and the interference from the bow rail is not realy a problem, it just takes a little more care and a minute longer to raise or lower the motor. A GP27 battery and box sits very well in the anchor locker and eliminates a long run back to the console.

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