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Cameron Park posted 05-05-2003 10:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for Cameron Park   Send Email to Cameron Park  
I'm thinking of putting a bow-mount trolling motor on my Sport 130. I want to install one of those aluminum brackets that Cabela's sells, so that I can take the motor off when I want to. How do I mount that bracket? Do I have to reinforce the deck ? I would appreciate any suggestions.
Dick posted 05-05-2003 09:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I am not familier with the 130 but on my Montauk no reinforcement was needed.
I used #10 ss screws bedded with Life Caulk on the base for the removable mount. After 3 years it is still solid.

Dick

Cameron Park posted 05-06-2003 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
Thanks!
JohnJ80 posted 05-06-2003 03:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I just added a Minnkota 55AP trolling motor to my Dauntless 15.

This is not as simple as it would seem.

I called Whaler and talked to their CS people. On the Dauntless 15, depending on year, there are several differences. Basically, the early D15's had small wood backing areas under the front. These were increased later and changed to solid mahogony planks. The wood was later changed to phenolic.

First off you should get the wood map from BW to figure out where it is.

If it is wood, you can lag bolt the plate right into the wood. There is no need for a backing plate or nut. Good thing since getting back in there is pretty much impossible.

If is phenolic, then you drill the proper size hole and tap it. then just thread in a stainless steel machine screw of the proper size with loc-tite.

i would think your boat would have pretty much the same issues as mine.

Hope this helps.

j

Cameron Park posted 05-06-2003 10:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
I'll check into that suggestion as I want to do it right the first time. Thanks.
Bill Davis posted 05-10-2003 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Cameron: I hope you keep us posted on how you do it, because I want to do exactly the same thing on my Sport 13. Let us know!
Cameron Park posted 05-11-2003 07:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Cameron Park  Send Email to Cameron Park     
I'll let you know as soon as I can
Bill Davis posted 11-30-2003 05:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Any word from Cameron Park on this? Anyone else try a bow mount bracket for a trolling motor on a Sport 13? or 130?
thanks
Jarhead posted 11-30-2003 06:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
I just had a MinnKota Tidewater trolling motor installed by the dealership. It was drilled and tapped.

The wood location diagram shows 3/8" phenolic on the port bow that looks to be for the purpose of mounting a trolling motor.

The diagram came with my 2003 130 Sport and was drawn 7/14/99 with a revison in 2000.

Bill Davis posted 12-04-2003 12:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
I want to do exactly what y'all are doing, but maybe you are doing diffent things!

Cameron Park: Are you using a bracket that takes a transom mount type motor? Last time I heard from you, you hadn't moved forward on this project. I want to know what motor model to get of the MK Riptide.

Jarhead: What is the set up you have installed? It is a bow mount model? Do you have foot control or hand? Where is the battery mounted and the wiring and all. Can the motor be taken on and off the bow real easy? What kind of bracket.

Please help me out on this.

thanks

Jarhead posted 12-04-2003 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Bill...

I had a Minn Kota Riptide RT 55SC/B 12V 42" hand control Bow Mount installed on my 130 Sport. No bracket.

The battery is installed under the front seat-port side. Hard wired with a 40A circuit breaker. I asked about securing the battery tie downs to the floor with no phenolic under and was given a lifetime guaranty not to put up.

The set up works great for me. :)

arnereil posted 12-08-2003 07:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
Can you explain if this is good or bad?

"I asked about securing the battery tie downs to the floor with no phenolic under and was given a lifetime guaranty not to put up."

I know it's early in the a.m., but can't figure this one out.... plan on doing this in the spring and would like to know if they just drilled and used secrew, or drilled/tapped the hold-downs under the front seat.... thank you....

Jarhead posted 12-08-2003 10:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
Ooops....

What I was trying to say [poorly] was the battery tiebowns are guarantied not to come loose.


They used SS screws and sealed with 3M-5200 as there's nothing to drill and tap into.

They placed the battery length-wise [bow to stern] rather than width-wise [port to starboard]. My "guess" is this way both sets of tiebowns share equal stress rather than the front tiedown [mounting width-wise] having to shoulder the load during excelleration? Like I said it's just a guess.

Anyway, it's how they do it and it's guarantied. Now if I can just find some damn fish... :)

nolester posted 12-08-2003 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for nolester  Send Email to nolester     
Is there a preferred side for a bow mount? I was thinking starboard.....
Jarhead posted 12-08-2003 10:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jarhead  Send Email to Jarhead     
nolester...

On my 160 Dauntless and 130 Sport the reinforcement for the trolling moter is on the port side. A check of the wood lay out for your boat should show the same.

arnereil posted 12-09-2003 07:25 AM ET (US)     Profile for arnereil  Send Email to arnereil     
Jarhead... thanks for clarifying.... Arne
Bill Davis posted 12-15-2003 04:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Whaler told me port side with a bow mount but starboard ok with the little bracket I was talking about. This is because both side have the backing, but port has more of it. I have the wood map.

But I am going with port side to better balance the boat, and the bracket for ease of removal. seeya

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