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cavie posted 03-11-2001 07:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for cavie   Send Email to cavie  
Does anyone have a good suggestion about which trolling motor works best with a 1999 montauk. I have looked in all the books but would like some advice from someone who has used one. Would be used in fresh and salt water.
Tom W Clark posted 03-11-2001 08:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
Most any small, 20" shaft motor will work fine. I used a Johnson 6 on my Montauk. It was plenty powerful even when bucktailing for Coho at 7 knots.
FISHNFF posted 03-12-2001 03:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
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.
Hoop posted 03-13-2001 12:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Hoop  Send Email to Hoop     
Fishnff, How long will your battery keep the Motorguide running? Hoop
dreid posted 03-13-2001 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for dreid  Send Email to dreid     
We've got a great trolling motor guy in town. Having gone with a 12V Great White (against his recommendation) and six years later moved to a MinKota, I have confirmed his observation. His repair business is largely built around the Motor Guide brand. He saw mine one or twice a season, usually to replace fried electronics. After the MinKotas leave his shop he seldom sees them again. For the last 18 months, that's been my experience with the new motor.
FISHNFF posted 03-13-2001 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
Hey Hoop. I always ran day trips with my rig, so a full day in breeze was never a problem. On the Bay and Delta, the tide and wind made it tougher, but even after a hard day the diminished power was barely noticeable. I run a Trojan group 30 and a Motorguide 12V 52lb. with DuraAmp on the bow. I could see going 2-3 days bass fishing on a lake.
Dick posted 03-13-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am running a Motorguide 52# thrust on the bow of my Montauk with A GP27 Interstate deep cyle mounted in the anchor locker. I stayed away from the electronics and stuck with a tiller handle unit. A little less convenient but a bunch less to go wrong.
The dealer where I dought mine is a service center for both Motorguide & Minkota and said they have problems with certain models from both companies.
I also mounted mine with the Motorguide removable mount, it's nice to be able to pop it off when I'm not going to use it.
chad posted 03-18-2001 10:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
Questions about a Montauk bow mounted troll motor.
Do your bow rails get in the way?
When stowed, does the troll motor hang off the side and present a problem at the dock?


FISHNFF posted 03-19-2001 12:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for FISHNFF  Send Email to FISHNFF     
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.
Dick posted 03-19-2001 07:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am using the Motor Guide removeable mount on my Montauk so it's easy to slip it off.
It does clear the bow rail with no problem, you just have to be a little carefull. It does stick out when it is stowed but so far hasn't been in the way a any dock.
Dick posted 03-19-2001 07:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I can e-mail you a picture if you would like.
Let me know.
chad posted 03-20-2001 12:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for chad  Send Email to chad     
Thanks. I would like to see your setup.

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