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Conrad posted 11-14-2001 08:47 AM ET (US)   Profile for Conrad   Send Email to Conrad  
Has anyone mounted a Minnkota Riptide trolling motor on a Montauk? I have just purchased a RT50/SC, 42 inch shaft and 50 pounds of thrust. The footprint of the trolling motor looks huge. I am also considering installing the quick release mount plate. Any advise on installing or experience with using (good or bad) this trolling motor is appreciated.



Dick posted 11-14-2001 11:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I mounted a Motorguide 52# thrust on the starboard step pad using their removable mount system. The Motorguide removale mount is a two piece system and tricky to shim level, a one piece base would be much easier to install. You will be happy you went for a removable base the first time you want to remove the trolling motor for some reason.
Bobber posted 11-15-2001 12:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bobber  Send Email to Bobber     
I dont think the 42" shaft is long enough, before mounting or using check with the seller about swapping the 42 for a 48" shaft. If too late, you can purchase a 48" shaft and retrofit it easily through a specialty dealer. The problem will be prop cavitation when working into a chop with the shorter shaft, been there, done that.
6" more shaft makes all the difference!
Conrad posted 11-15-2001 09:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     
Thanks for your responses. I read through some of the old posts on trolling motors and thought that the 42 inch shaft would be long enough (but I have no personal experience). I will place the trolling motor on the boat tonight and see how low the prop will sit and call my local Whaler dealer to see which shaft length they recommend. Most of the time I will be using the trolling motor in shallow water (Jacksonsville tidal creeks, 1 1/2 to 2 feet, about 80% of the time) and not in choppy conditions, does this make a difference? But, I am sure I will fish choppy conditions at times, I fish the flats in the Keys and St. Petersburg about 20% of time The store where I bought the trolling motor was selling-out (about ~100 off their original price) and did not have the 52 inch shaft model. But, I do not have a problem returning the trolling motor if this is a bad fit (I can probably locate a 52 inch shaft at a different store), so any additional input is appreciated.

PS. There are too many obvious jokes about long shafts being better, that I will not address.

Previous posts I referenced:

3/12/2001 Performance/FishFF

Do you want it on the bow or stern? If on the bow mount a 42" or so Motorguide or MinnKota on the starboard step in a 50-54lb thrust 12 volt. Since your stern has the wrap around rub rail, you would need a kicker motor bracket to mount your trolling motor. I use a Motorguide Gatormount bow mount 52lb. 12 volt on my '98 Alert for freshwater and saltwater. I've got the 50" shaft and it will do 3 knots.

On my 17 I have custom rails are similar to the side rails. The front is open, but to fit the mounting base over the bow step pad, the motor head sits just outside the rub rail. Most of my friends use a 42" shaft and mount them on the starboard side of the bow and clears the rail on the outside. Yes it does stick out some. Dock the boat on the other side.

Conrad posted 11-15-2001 01:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Conrad  Send Email to Conrad     

Thanks for the advise. I went home and put the trolling motor on the bow. The propeller would barely reach under the waterline, I think it would have been a problem (the 52 inch shaft is a better fit). I returned the trolling motor and will purchase next years model with the 52 inch shaft.

Thanks again,


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