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Wiring for Electric Trolling Motor
|Author||Topic: Wiring for Electric Trolling Motor|
posted 02-08-2006 09:23 PM ET (US)
I have a Montauk 17. Both the deep cycle and starting battery are located underneath the center console. I want to mount a transom mounted electric motor. The power cables on the motor are only 3 feet long. They are also factory terminated with round or u-shaped ends. What is the best way to extend the power cables to reach the battery. I need an additional 8 to 10 feet.
posted 02-08-2006 10:25 PM ET (US)
You don't want the connection down in the wet tunnel. And
you don't want it close to the motor where it's getting flexed
as you turn.
The extended wires should be be Marine grade. Ancor is a
Check the specs for the motor to see what the current draw
Cut off the connectors on the end, strip the wires back,
posted 02-09-2006 07:11 AM ET (US)
I don't know how easily that motor comes apart, but if possible, I would think of running entirely new wires if you can get at the motor-end termination, and if it uses normal connectors (spades, eyelets, etc). If they emerge from some hermetically sealed unopenable chamber you have no choice but extending them.
It would really be a lot cleaner and more reliable if you do that.
posted 02-09-2006 05:32 PM ET (US)
Thanks for all the advise.
Can I use some kind of crimp connectors? I've never soldered anything.
posted 02-09-2006 08:30 PM ET (US)
I'd solder it. Find a buddy with a good sized soldering
iron (or gun in the size I suspect you are going to deal
with) to show you how.
posted 02-19-2006 08:51 AM ET (US)
I don't know if you thought about it. But you may want to place a plug/socket somewhere in case you want to remove the trolling motor at some point.
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