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Bill Davis posted 08-21-2003 04:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I want to put a trolling motor on my 2000 Sport 13. It looks like it would be a lot easier to just put it on the stern, but it also looks like there may not be enough roof to clamp it on the transom and still be able to fully turn the Mercury.

Has anyone tried to transom mount a trolling motor on a post-classic 13? Anybody get a motor and then rule that mount out, for fit reasons?


JohnJ80 posted 08-22-2003 10:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
Why would you not want to bow mount it? I think it will perform better. You get more precise steering in any wind and waves if you can pull it from the front.


tbyrne posted 08-22-2003 11:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
When I had a 13 Sport, I looked into motor mounts and almost bought one from a Fla. manufacturer (Birdsall Marine?) who made a mount I had planned on screwing onto the triangular decking at one of the transom corners. Once you installed the plate, it was removable. It was not cheap, but looked to be well-designed and well-made. I"ll do a web search and if it's not Birdsall, I'll post the manufacturer.
tbyrne posted 08-22-2003 11:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for tbyrne    
Yep - and it costs less than I remembered ($139). If you do it, let us know how it works out - good luck!
Bill Davis posted 08-22-2003 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
Well, one reason I want to transom mount is that I am lazy. I figure I could just use the motor's clamp-on factory-attached mounting bracket, drill no holes, and be on my way. Also, if I bow mount I might make a permanent screw up. And I would loose a place to stand.

And I have a real concern about battery placement. With a transom mount, the line to the second battery, and battery placement, looks easier.

I wouldn't use the motor very much, only to sneak up on fish in shallow water.

Trouble is, as I said, it looks like I can't mount it right next to the Merc and still have room to turn the motor.

I have been trolling on this board for some pictures of bow mounts on the Sport 13, or even real detailed reports, and haven't gotten any.

Now the web site our buddy posted up here is cool. I am going back there and look around some more.


JohnJ80 posted 08-23-2003 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
When I mounted mine on the bow, I also couldn't figure out where to put the batteries. I live on a river and didn't want the battery accessible to cut down on theft.

What i did was to mount the Marinco trolling motor plug in the console with a circuit breaker. The battery is mounted in the console too.

Then i attached the other end of the marinco plug to a 6gauge cable I made. The plug goes into the console, the circuit breaker is turned on and I am trolling.

Had my whaler been built with the trolling motor panel, the wires would already be there. However, when they fill the hull with foam, this turns into quite a serious job.

I bought a high end set of jumper cables that were made out of 6 gauge wire. The red and black wires are bonded together so it makes a nice cable. Because it is stranded wire it is also very flexible. This lies very nicely on the deck and finds its way to the very edge of the boat. No one has yet to trip over it since it lays so nicely down on the deck.

I also added a Stealth Charging system that charges my battery from the engine's alternator. This also makes sure that I don't ever have to take the battery out of the boat for charging. In the 6 months that I have had this set up, I have never had to charge the battery other than with the motor.

So, while the consoles are tight, this never needing to access it makes it that much more handy. Maybe if I get the gumption, I will post pictures.


Bill Davis posted 08-24-2003 06:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
That sounds like a real nice setup there, John. With the Sport 13, though, there is no console to put a batter in, though. One fellow a while back emailed me that he put his trolling motor batter, using tie downs, on the lid to his anchor bin! So, one of the attractions of a stern mount motor is that I can run the battery cable to a battery tied down under the aft bench.

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