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R T M posted 12-05-2009 09:26 PM ET (US)   Profile for R T M  
How can I rig a kill switch on my transom mounted electric trolling motor. I generally fish while standing in the stern of my 13 footer while trolling, and would not be very happy if I stumbled overboard while fishing alone, and the boat left me. Any ideas?


number9 posted 12-05-2009 10:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for number9  Send Email to number9     
Bussmann makes Maxi plug in fuses up to 80 amp, they also have a inline fuse holder rated to 60 amp. Wire the motor through a fuse holder and securely mount the holder. Secure lanyard to fuse which will pull out and open the circuit. Simple, functional and inexpensive.
R T M posted 12-06-2009 07:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for R T M    
Number nine, sounds easy enough, especially for person like myself who is electrically challenged. Where would I buy this fuse and fuse holder?
number9 posted 12-06-2009 10:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for number9  Send Email to number9     
Blue Seas markets the Maxi Fuses, so local or online marine electrical supplier. Auto/truck Maxis are the same, Bussmann makes them.
BEP Marine also,
Didn't see the inline 6 ga. fuse holder or blocks in either of their catalogs but are readily available. Some single Maxi fuse blocks are also available.
Blocks, k_Maxi-fuse-block?gclid=CIOK4sSVwp4CFRaenAodK1FspA
R T M posted 12-06-2009 06:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for R T M    
number 9,
Thanks for your help.


fishgutz posted 12-07-2009 10:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Depending on the type of plug you have, couldn't you just tie a cord to your ankle and the other end to the plug so when you fall overboard it just unplugs? Why spend extra money and get all technical?
R T M posted 12-07-2009 10:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for R T M    
fishgutz, are you saying put a plug and socket in the line, and tie the lanyard to the end of the line going to the motor? Wouldn`t want to tie the line to the battery side, and go overboard with a 65 lb. battery tied to my ankle.


fishgutz posted 12-08-2009 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
Bink, you paint an amusing picture. I can see Wile E. Coyote right now.

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