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zachb posted 07-24-2001 01:30 AM ET (US)   Profile for zachb   Send Email to zachb  
does anyone have a 1999 17' standard whaler with a transom trolling motor? if so, how did you get it to stay on and not slip. i've tried everything! even rubber mats. it seems nothing is supporting the back part of the clamp because the angle of the back transom isnt at a straight angle. if anyone know anything about this problem please reply! thanks a lot
Bigshot posted 07-24-2001 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Manual says no rubber mats. I would use a rubber mat and drill 2 holes for the lower mount and it will not slip. You can make wedges. I know you do not want to drill, but without it you will be fishing for that engine. My thumb screws are constantly coming lose on my other boat and if it were not for the steering cable, she would have been gone.
Tom W Clark posted 07-24-2001 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
zachb,

Do not use a rubber mat. Clamp the motor down hard so the clamps dig into the fiberglass. This is exactly what Whaler recommends. If your trolling motor has auxiliary mounting bolt holes in the lower part of the bracket, use them. Otherwise you should be using a safety chain or cable.

I'm not sure what you mean by the transom not being at a straight angle. Where on the transom are you trying to mount ithe motor?

Bigshot posted 07-24-2001 01:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
As Tom said, do not use a mat, but if you are bolting it in, then I think you can, I would cause it can't go anywhere. If you do not have lower mounting holes, dig in REAL tight and get a chain, and check them daily. Without drilling, very easy to steal too.

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