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Author Topic:   150 MONTAUK: Install Trolling Motor Cables; Mount SONAR Transducer; Best GPS; Best Chart-Plotter; Best SONAR; Best Trolling Motor
MCP posted 02-26-2007 06:43 PM ET (US)   Profile for MCP   Send Email to MCP  
Three Five questions.
#1. If I mount a bow mounted trolling motor is there a way to feed the wires internally to the battery?
#2. Can I mount a transducer to work through the hull or do I have to transom mount it?
#3,4,5. Any recommendations on plotter, sounders, and trolling motors (salt water application)would be appreciated.
Dick posted 02-26-2007 07:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
On the 17 Montauk I used to have I mounted the battery in the anchor locker and threw a charger on it when I got home. I don't plan on an electric on my new 150 Montauk so I haven't checked the anchor locker to see if a battery will fit.
I think you are better off going with a transom mount transducer rather than drilling through the hull
jimh posted 02-27-2007 12:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Mark--You get the standard answers to these questions:

Check with Boston Whaler about details of your 150 MONTAUK construction. They can direct you to detailed drawings which may show some concealed rigging tunnels in the boat. I bet this information was in the owner's packet.

In general, all small boats and particularly small Boston Whaler boats use transom mounted transducers. If you are interested in more information about transducer location choices with Boston Whaler boats there is a good article in the REFERENCE section on this topic.

SONAR Transducers

The article concludes with links to more articles on this topic.

Advice on a GPS receiver, digital Chart Plotter, and SONAR combination instrument is really not specific to your particular boat and you could read any of the prior discussions on those topics. There a many choices which produce a matrix of one thousand possibilities--changing daily as new models appear--so you need to become much more specific about what you want. What point is there is getting a recommendation for a $10,000 unit if you only want to spend $400. So please let's have some bounds put on this for price, at a minimum.

jimh posted 02-27-2007 12:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The best plotter and sounder are a Standard Horizon CP-150 and a Lowrance X-87. I will be selling one each of these very soon.
JBCornwell posted 02-27-2007 12:45 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Howdy, MCP.

On rigging power to a front mounted troller (positioning) motor, you might want to consider what I did on RED SKY.

My battery is in the port stern. I ran a twin lead of #4AWG marine wire through the side of the hull adjacent to the battery, foreward under the gunnel held tight with SS clips, back through the hull about where I mounted the troller, and installed a connector on a mahogany block. The through-hull holes are sealed with silicon.

You can see the troller power socket in the fore port in this pic. 832Starboard_bow-med.JPG

The twinlead is not visible unless you look under the gunnel.

Red sky at night. . .

RandyK posted 02-27-2007 12:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for RandyK  Send Email to RandyK     
I have a new Montauk 150 with electronics installed by the dealer. They recommended the transom mount as better performing and as the way to go with this boat. As for the wiring for the trolling motor, although this might not be impossible, from what I know about my 150, it would be way too impractical. I have my motor installed on a mount which allows it to be removed easily and it connects to a receptacle I have on the center console. It is a remote controlled motor and having just the one heavy power cord on the front deck while in use is really no big deal. I have also installed a two battery setup with a switch and the necessary 50-60 amp circuit breaker for the motor.
where2 posted 02-27-2007 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
The Standard Horizon CP150 is the very best "starter" chart plotter you can purchase. (mine hs served me well for many years) After you get used to it, you'll want a CP180i which is the best I have found for under $500 with a Color display and a 3 year warranty.

Add the Standard Horizon FF520 and a transducer to your CP180i chart plotter and it becomes a color fish finder also.

If you need a VHF radio, get the Standard Horizon CPV350, the FF520, a transducer, a good VHF antenna and you have everything in one color display with a 3 year waterproof warranty.

If you have a higher limit on your credit card, look for a Standard Horizon CPV550, add the FF520, a transducer, a good VHF antenna, and call Bluewater Pirate to install it. (he does really beautiful installations on marine electronics!)

jenkinsph posted 02-28-2007 10:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for jenkinsph  Send Email to jenkinsph     
On a 150 Sport (same hull) I installed a Motorguide PTS 82 lb 24v trolling motor bow mount with remote and auto steering, works great. Two trolling batteries group 29 under console with 30 amp charger. Electronics installed are Lowrance LCX 26chd with lgc 2000 and df 50/200 t/m ducer, speed and temp
(don't need) for gps mapping and backup fishfinder. Installed
a LCX25c with 200 t/m ducer for primary fishfinder and backup
gps. I am located way inland so not much need for VHF in small lakes.


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