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Mark D posted 02-13-2003 08:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mark D   Send Email to Mark D  
What is the minimun shaft length for bow mount trolling motor for 17' Montauk
Dick posted 02-13-2003 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
Mine is a 42" and works well when fishing from the bow for bass.
If I am sitting at the RPS and trolling it will cavitate if the water kicks up a bit.
If I were to do it again I would go for a 50".
stagalv posted 02-14-2003 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
What about a transom mount? What length do you think would work best?
Dick posted 02-14-2003 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I would think that a 36" shaft would be plenty for a transom mount.


stagalv posted 02-14-2003 02:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for stagalv  Send Email to stagalv     
That is what I was thinking Dick -- especially since my 362lb engine lowers the stern a few extra inches.
Charlie posted 02-14-2003 04:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for Charlie  Send Email to Charlie     
Measure the distance from your bow to the waterline, then add 20". Round off to the next higher available size. I have a 48" shaft on my 16'er. Click the link below and scroll down to Bow to Waterline Shaft Length
Mark D posted 02-14-2003 08:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mark D  Send Email to Mark D     
Thanks to the guy who posted the site "All Trolling Motors"
That's why I love the boat owners sites
Thanks again!!!
Montauk posted 02-14-2003 08:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Montauk  Send Email to Montauk     
I have a 52" shaft on my MinnKota PD, it usually is set where a 48" would be but in rough water I can lower it down. You will need the extra length if you are in rough water.
jigz2010 posted 09-22-2010 05:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for jigz2010    
I'll go for a 42-inch trolling motor shaft as its length is appropriate or long enough for the 17 Montauk. I also would prefer to use a bow mount as it gives you the control pulling from the bow instead of pushing from the stern.

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