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dcritch posted 06-05-2006 03:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for dcritch   Send Email to dcritch  
I'm thinking about buying an electric trolling motor for my 170. I would use it infrequently and was thinking about a stern mount which I could use from my boat step or attatch to a kicker bracket.

I have outlets for Scotty electric downriggers mounted near the starboard inspection plate on the front face of the splashwell. Could a 54lb thrust trolling motor be set up to plug into one of my downriiger plugins.

My downriggers are attatched to group 24 AGM dual purpose batteries which I purchased form Cabellas.

bsmotril posted 06-05-2006 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
You'll need to find out what the current rating specification is for the connector plugs and sockets. A trolling motor draws substantially more current than a downrigger and may well smoke and burn a connector not rated for that current level. BillS
dcritch posted 06-05-2006 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for dcritch  Send Email to dcritch     
I called Scotty's who thought they would handle 18amps but suggested I contact the manufacterer Hellamarine.I've emailed technical support.
Chuck Tribolet posted 06-05-2006 08:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
You should be able to get the info you need at


dcritch posted 06-06-2006 06:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for dcritch  Send Email to dcritch     
Hellamarine emailed me back:

The socket # 87124, Model # 4123 is rated for 12V\ 16Amp.
I would not recommend for a trolling motor.

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