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jstachowiak posted 07-10-2003 07:26 AM ET (US)   Profile for jstachowiak   Send Email to jstachowiak  
My brother just purchased a 14' 1999 Dauntless and is looking to put a trolling motor on it for freshwater bass/musky fishing.

If anyone has pictures of their bow mounted trolling motor on a Dauntless and how it fits around the railing could you send to: jstachowiak@sunbeltrentals.com

Thanks.

JohnJ80 posted 07-10-2003 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I don't have a picture, but I just mounted a Minnkota 55AP 12V 48" shaft on my Dauntless 15. Has plenty of power works great. You will need to get the wood maps from Whaler, the placement of the wood/phenolic for mounting varies in each of the models from year to year. Since you need to lag bolt these in (you can't get at the back side), this becomes critical information and will pretty much dictate how you mount the trolling motor.

I mounted mine so the motor aims straight back from the bow next to the light - I didn't want the bracket to stick out over the edge of the boat so that no one would catch it getting in and out over the bow. I'm not entirely happy with it there, but because of the blunt shape of the bow, its hard to mount it anywhere else and not have the bracket stick out.

You will also need to replace the standard supplied bow light since it obstruct the light from one entire side. I installed the perko removable on a 10' staff - I actually like it much better than the stock one - it is more visible and it can be removed so it is out of the way.

What I also did was mount the battery and charging equip in the center console, I put a Marinco trolling motor connector in the port side of the console along with a breaker for the charger and for the trolling motor itself. So I have a cable that runs over the deck to the console for T-motor power. I mounted another volt meter (total 2) in the console to monitor both batteries.

I also installed a stealth one charger (http://www.stealthcharging.com) so that i can charge the trolling motor off of the engine alternator - BTW, this works terrific. I like it so well that I moved all the running lights and accessories over to the trolling motor battery so that only the starter runs off the cranking battery.

j

jstachowiak posted 07-11-2003 04:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for jstachowiak  Send Email to jstachowiak     
Does you 15 Dauntless have the bow rail? if so, how did you get around it? Just push the motor out till it clears?
JohnJ80 posted 07-11-2003 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Mine does not have the bow rails. I think you could scoot it underneath, but retrieving it would be difficult (no leverage).

I think if you look at it and think about it you could come up with a opening and closing sort of thing in the bow rail somehow.

Anyhow, I'm not a fan of the bow rails in general.

j

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