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gcl posted 01-05-2004 01:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for gcl   Send Email to gcl  
Thinking about acquiring an electric trolling motor for the transom of my Nauset. Anyone out there with any first-hand experience with this type of setup that could share info ? (I did a "search" and did find some info - looking for more). Any comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Tom2697 posted 01-05-2004 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom2697  Send Email to Tom2697     
Get the most powerful one you can for the transom mount setup. I traded for a 36lb motor with my neighbor. It will work on my 18' Outrage but only if the wind is extremely light or non-existent and there is little to no current. Bow mounts allow a smaller motor to be used as it is dragging the boat instead of pushing it.
JayR posted 01-05-2004 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR
gcl posted 01-06-2004 08:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Thanks for the link that shows an electric motor that you mount onto the outboard. Have you ever seen on in operation? Is there anyone else out there that has seen one of these devices that would like to comment ? Thanks.
JayR posted 01-06-2004 11:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for JayR  Send Email to JayR     
Saw it just this past summer. Guy loved it.
gcl posted 01-12-2004 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Thanks for the replays to date. Anyone have an electric motor on a 16'/17'(similar to my Nauset)that they would care to offer their insight/experience ?
playinghooky posted 01-12-2004 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for playinghooky  Send Email to playinghooky     
I use a transom mount 43 lb Motorguide Great White on my 1967 Sakonnet. It gives me a great advantage. I'm able to troll with it or just use it to change my drift pattern. It's great to keep the boat headed the right way or to just move the boat out of the way of an obstruction without starting the main engine. I do a lot of drift fishing in a fast moving current. Somedays I don't need it at all, but others days it saves the day (when the wind is against the tide).When you mount it, I'd suggest that you put a piece of rubber (I use a piece from an old tire tube) between the clamp and the fiberglass as the clamp can put grooves in the fiberglass. I recommend getting the most powerful one that you can get. 43 lbs works okay for me but is a little on the light side when drifting in a heavy current. It would be great in a lake.
onlyawhaler posted 01-13-2004 02:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
Late last fall I bought and mounted a Minn Kota cavatation plate model on my Johnson 150. On some of our high lakes here there are canyons that I like to troll and hunt deer through the narrows as I go. Being quiet is key. I flat line a lure and keep a rifle on the rear bench seat. It is pushing my 18 Outrage and works great. I fished the control cable and box up inside my center console where I can switch it on/off and foward/reverse.

It gives a bit of control when positioning for casting, steers great since you use the steering wheel and when you put a couple of batteries in the back for a trolling day, it goes for hours without a sound while you sit and steer and watch for a hit or shot. I would rather use it than my Yamaha 8hp 4stroke.

Its only drawback is that it doesnt' have the power to get off the water in a wind. It is a calm day troller and for that it works fine. My unit is a 12 volt version, 42lbs. It comes in a 50+ version in a 24 volt version as well.


gcl posted 01-16-2004 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Thanks for the info on the transom mount. Sounds like it works pretty well. Is the motor in the way when it is not in use ? Does it easily swing into place ? Do you keep it mounted all the time ? Thanks, gcl

ps thanks to thers that have responded as well

playinghooky posted 01-17-2004 10:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for playinghooky  Send Email to playinghooky     
When the motor isn't in use I slide it foward about half way up the shaft to keep it completely out of the water. It doesn't usually get in the way while fishing. You'll also need to get one with a long shaft as it's a long way to the water from the top of the transom. Mine has a shaft of 31 inches and sometimes comes out of the water when it's real choppy. Also, you always have to lift it out of the water before you run with the main engine. It's easy to forget.
gcl posted 01-20-2004 06:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Thanks to all for the info.
onlyawhaler - does the motor ever cause a problem when you are on plane, especially when making tight turns, or is it up and out of the water enough for this not to be an issue ? Also, do you have the electric motor battery tied into the main electrical system or is it free standing ?
onlyawhaler posted 01-21-2004 02:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
The cavitation plate mount model doesn't seem to affect anything. The only drawback is you are drilling holes in the cavatation plate. I had done that already with a hydrafoil product so I just added it on underneath the dyrafoil.

It sits high enough to clear everything while on plane or trolling. It doesn't seem to affect plane time either. I like the fact that I can stay at the steering wheel and use the main engine as the rudder. It is quiet, nice and I would rather use it than my kicker motor in calmer water.

Again, it is not enough to get you off the water in a stiff wind. Just trolling. It comes with a control cable with a foward/reverse and speed control dial. I fished that up to my dash on the center console. Very handy. No transom thing to hassle with, lower or raise. Just stay at the steering wheel and click the button on.

I have a second battery for it that is not tied into the main battery. I have a minn kota dual battery charger up in the center that I can plug in while back in the shop and top off everthing.

Good luck


onlyawhaler posted 01-21-2004 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for onlyawhaler  Send Email to onlyawhaler     
As a side note, it is a $500 plus unit through a dealer. I watched ebay and bought it new for $360.00 Put the key word "minn kota" with a space and you will find one eventually


Whalerdan posted 01-22-2004 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalerdan  Send Email to Whalerdan     

Another thing I see that might be a limitation with them is that you won't be able to tilt up the motor to run in shallow water.


scaleplane posted 01-22-2004 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for scaleplane  Send Email to scaleplane     

Just a note after reading all the posts. Last Summer, I bought a small Minn Kota to use on my 1976 15' Sport. At the time, I had a 1976 Mercury 500 on it that wasn't very reliable, so I bought the trolling motor both as a back-up to the Merc and also for moving around while fishing.

I placed the motor on the starboard side of the transom and the mount fit nicely under my steering cable. I did find that the amount of movement was limited in my setup due to the Merc getting in the way. It worked okay, but in my opinion, if you're planning on doing anything but straight-ahead trolling, I would highly recommend not going with the transom mount. I have a lot of Bass fisherman using my back yard for a playground, and I don't see any of them with transom mounts.

I'd like to mount my motor on the bow. I'm trying to figure out how I can engineer a removable mounting bracket that would lock around the bow light and the Norman pin so I don't destroy any of the gel coat by installing screws or bolts. If you're just pan fishing, I feel a bow-mounted motor is the most flexible and effective way to go. As a matter of fact, I have more success standing in the bow and maneuvering with an oar than I did with the transom mount motor.

I did run my transom mount motor off the starting battery - just made sure I kept it well charged. Otherwise, you're carrying around the weight of another battery in the stern.

My two-cents.

gcl posted 01-26-2004 08:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for gcl  Send Email to gcl     
Thanks for the responses. Still pondering.
lakelanier posted 01-27-2004 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakelanier    
I have also been working out the design of a removable mounting bracket that would lock around the bow light and the Norman pin. Kind of a small, removable bow pulpit. On my previous boat I had the trolling motor mounted on a bow pulpit and it worked great.
E-mail me if you want to collaborate on this idea.

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