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Bone Daddy posted 09-11-2003 11:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bone Daddy   Send Email to Bone Daddy  
I'm needing to put my older Motor Guide Great White bow mount trolling motor on the front of my '62 16'7". I currently have the bow rails removed as well. Due to the lack of "lip" and curvature of the bow my simple mind can't figure out a good way to get it mounted. Has anyone done a mount of this type in the past or have any designs/ideas/suggestions? It's a scissor type mount.
Ozark posted 09-11-2003 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ozark  Send Email to Ozark     
I'm in the process of putting a Minnkota on my Montauk, starting next week. I am purchasing a power drive unit, which will take up less floor space.

Like you, mounting it is a challenge, and I think I will mount it on a board the same size as the power drive base and then attach the board and motor to the boat with the minimum required screws. I plan to remove the motor when I go to the coast for the winter months, using it only here in the Midwest for crappie fishing.

I'll keep an eye on this subject, as maybe we can get some good suggestions.


oneeyeddawg posted 09-11-2003 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for oneeyeddawg  Send Email to oneeyeddawg     
bone daddy - mounted a minnekota s/w series on my '69 16'7". had to have a bracket made to attach to boat. it's essentially an "L"-shaped bracket with a plug hole for running the power to it. no, it's not sacreliguos if you have to have one like i do down here in south louisiana. no photos, but you can email me at and i may be able to give you more detail. good luck, steve
DJS posted 09-11-2003 02:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     
bone daddy,

Here are several URL for places that discuss what you want to know. I know I have seen a picture where someone used an aluminum plate mounted up front on the Whaler, and then the trolling motor is attached to this plate, but I have been unable to find it. Two names will appear in the following references, Dick and J. B. Cornwell. Both of these gentlemen would be my choice to talk to regarding this subject.


When you are finished looking at the address above do the following: Notice there is a number in the address (002229). If you will change this number to any of the following numbers in the address bar it will take you to other posts pertaining to this subject.

001330, 001299, 002014, 002882, 003127, 004486.

Hope this helps.


Big_S posted 09-11-2003 02:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Big_S  Send Email to Big_S     
Bone Daddy,

Here is how I did mine:

By making a mounting plate for it, I was able to slide the motor forward which reduced how far is stuck out to the side of the boat. I removed the bow light and rub rail and ran new wiring from the rear to the bow and installed a plug where the bow light used to be.

I also installed a simple foot controlled switch that simply turns the motor on and off. This allows me to select a motor speed/direction and then just tap the switch whenever I need to move forward. Keeps both hands free for fishing and whatever else.

Tight lines!

Bone Daddy posted 09-11-2003 04:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bone Daddy  Send Email to Bone Daddy     
Thanks for all the suggestions. I'll work through these posts and ask for pictures. Simplicity is key for me!
Dick posted 09-11-2003 10:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I mounted a Motorguide 52# thrust tiller handle motor on my Montauk. The bow rail did not have to be removed. The motor is mounted using Motorguide's removable mount. When in the stowed position it does stick out beyond the boat but is still inside the fender. A group 27 deep cycle battery is mounted in the anchor locker, a Marinco 12VCP plug and connector are used between the motor and battery.
Removing the motor is a snap and all that is left on the boat are two small round mounting plates.

Pictures can be seen at

I will be happy to answer any mounting questions.


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