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flboy0638 posted 03-07-2011 11:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for flboy0638   Send Email to flboy0638  
[The author has] called Minnkota about my Riptide 36-volt trolling motor. I sent them a picture [URL below]. [Minnkota] says they dont have a female connector end that goes to the battery and this is not their cable. They said the boat reseller must have modified their wiring. Where can I buy the female verison that snaps into this male connector? The female end will go to the three batteries. Here is a [image] coming from the trolling motor.

http://s1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc374/flboy0638/Parts/?action=view¤t=male_connector.jpg

jimh posted 03-08-2011 01:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
That connector looks like a rather old style (almost antique) COLE-HERSEE connector 4-pole trailer connector.

http://smartcat.colehersee.com/images/ProductImages/1233.jpg

If it were my boat, I would cut that connector off, and replace it with the OEM connector used by Minnkota, and install the mate to the connector on the cable going to the battery.

jimh posted 03-08-2011 01:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Or maybe it is this COLE-HERSEE connector:

http://smartcat.colehersee.com/images/U152%201134.gif
PM 1134

RobP posted 03-08-2011 07:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobP  Send Email to RobP     
This was the trolling motor receptacle on our 200 Dauntless. This was installed as part of the Fishing Package by Whaler.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_uq9UR85WeM8/TXYd4FLRKbI/AAAAAAAAFNc/ 0vnZnkoSzjo/s800/IMG00087-20101011-1814.jpg

When the dealer installed our MinnKota they need to cut the end of the cable and attach the male end provided by Whaler.

jimh posted 03-08-2011 09:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The connector Rob shows appears to have a ridge or flange in the middle which is absent from the connector shown in the image from our author with user-name flboy0638. Otherwise, the four-pin arrangement does look similar. The pin layout looks almost symmetrical and the pins almost identical, which makes me curious as to how one knows how to orient the plug connector to the socket connector without the ridge.
flboy0638 posted 03-08-2011 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for flboy0638  Send Email to flboy0638     
Thanks Jim & Rob... Since the connector I have is so old I will cut it off like Jim mentions & install a more up to date Minn Kota connector. I will post back her the cost ect to finalize this post for future users to see....

Nauti Tauk posted 03-09-2011 06:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Nauti Tauk  Send Email to Nauti Tauk     
When I did the trolling motor installation on our 170 Montauk I used the Minn Kota plug combination sold as a set.(male and female) One advantage to these units is they are twist lock so if the power cord to the trolling motor is bumped/kicked/tripped on, it stays connected. This setup has worked flawlessly for over three years.
RobP posted 03-09-2011 06:33 AM ET (US)     Profile for RobP  Send Email to RobP     
I think that there is the ridge, it is just kind of hard to see.

It does look very similar to the one that we had. Sorry for the quality of the picture this is the best shot I had showing the plug.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_uq9UR85WeM8/TXdjM0DIbiI/AAAAAAAAFN8/ rJDQwT3jYxw/s800/Minn-KotaPlug.jpg

I never had a problem with the plug getting knocked off, just the opposite tough to disconnect.

You may want to contact Whaler Customer service to find the manufacturer of the part, it is not like they make the plug themselves. They have been very helpful to me on some of my questions.

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