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FRSam posted 02-17-2007 01:03 AM ET (US)   Profile for FRSam   Send Email to FRSam  
I've got a 150 Montauk which I love - I'm looking into installing a bow mounted Minn Kota trolling motor. Unfortunately the Montauk lay out does not allow one to plug in the electrical portion of the motor in any other way other than running the power / battery cord over the deck surface to the center console.

I'm wondering if it'd be possible to mount the trolling motor battery in the bow anchor locker? Have any of you tried this with your Montauks and if so were you pleased with the results?

Thanks,

Pete

deepwater posted 02-17-2007 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for deepwater  Send Email to deepwater     
Its a thought,, only the bow takes a hell of a beating,, maybe a dry or gel battery would work,, there's no wood to get a deep grab with screws,,maybe glass in a bracket and run some large guage wires under the rub rail up to the bow lite area,, its all pos ,,it just takes time and money ,,
jenkinsph posted 02-18-2007 01:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for jenkinsph  Send Email to jenkinsph     
Hi,
I have a 150 sport with a bow mount Motorguide PTS and
was able to install the batteries under the console along
with an onboard charger. This was much easier to deal with.
My experience is you will need the bow locker for the anchor
and line and I think you would be better off having this neat
and clean (without ropes and muddy anchors on deck). IMO
install a good battery box close to the trolling motor with
short leads.
Both of these boats have limited storage you can't hide
everything.
FRSam posted 02-18-2007 02:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
Thanks guys...I'm trying to keep the bow area as clean as I can as I use it for a casting area while fly-fishing. And any where the line can find a tangle it will.

I really wanted to mount the trolling motor off the transom but everyone I talk to says it's much more effective off the bow.

I'm surprised there aren't a number of people out there with Montauks that haven't tried this. But then again as jenkinsph pointed out doing this would certainly cut down on a already very limited storage area.

I'll work something out..as they say where there is a will there is a way,

Pete

wb04431 posted 03-26-2007 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for wb04431  Send Email to wb04431     
Pete,
I want to put a trolling motor out front also and still haven't figured out how either. The fiberglass guy wants to build up a flat area for the mounting (as opposed to clamping on the gunnel). I have this project on hold till I figure it out how to get the cable from the house battery under the console, please post your results and I will stay tuned.
Bill

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