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Mike Kub posted 07-29-2011 09:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for Mike Kub   Send Email to Mike Kub  
I tried unsuccessfully to remove [the Samson Post, apparently on a Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 18]. Are the horizontal rods welded or screwed into the post? I want to mount a troll motor on the bow of an Outrage 18. I have always wondered why the provision for a bow mounted troll motor has eluded the designers of an otherwise unsurpassed quality boat.
jimh posted 07-30-2011 07:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The bow mounted mooring bit on a classic Boston Whaler boat is a standard feature of the boat. I don't know the details of the construction of the bow mooring bit, but its removal should not be too difficult. I believe its base is attached to the hull with threaded fasteners which find good purchase in the embedded reinforcement in that area of the hull.

Bow mounted electric trolling motors were not common when the classic Boston Whaler OUTRAGE 18 was designed. The classic OUTRAGE 18 is a versatile boat and is used for many applications in which the lack of a specially designed bow area for installation of an electric trolling motor is no handicap. I doubt that the designers gave a second of thought to installation of such a motor.

Blackduck posted 07-30-2011 10:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Blackduck  Send Email to Blackduck     
The post is held in place by stainless steel machine screws that are threaded into an aluminum plate. Try an impact driver to remove them. The screws become "welded' to the plate with the corrosion that goes on between the stainless and aluminum.
home Aside posted 07-30-2011 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for home Aside  Send Email to home Aside     
seems to me I've read here on CW that mounts for trolling motors on the bow area have been made by affixing a wood platform off to the side of the bow and then affixing the motor mount to that.

that way you still have the sampson post for use


TommyWhaler posted 07-30-2011 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for TommyWhaler  Send Email to TommyWhaler     
What did they do before trolling motors?
Tom Hemphill posted 07-31-2011 07:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill  Send Email to Tom Hemphill     
What did they do before trolling motors?

prj posted 08-01-2011 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for prj  Send Email to prj     
I mounted a trolling motor on the bow of my Outrage-18. The process can be read about in detail here:

The sampson post was indeed very difficult to remove. One could even say it was impossible for me to remove. That process is also detailed in a link within the above link.

I just returned from a long weekend of boat camping with the trolling motor installed and can confirm that the addition is wonderfully effective and discrete when not in place.

Buckda posted 08-01-2011 08:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for Buckda  Send Email to Buckda     
I had good success removing the sampson post on my 25' Outrage using an air-driven impact rachet, however, when attempting to remove the post on my 18' Outrage, I broke two bolt heads.

My advice is to move slowly and use plenty of penetrating oil.

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