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Marsh posted 01-05-2004 07:58 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marsh   Send Email to Marsh  
Can anyone attest that a bow mount trolling motor will work on a newer MT170? Or does the bow rail prove to be too much interference? Or is there a lack of sufficient mounting area for a bow-mount?

Thanks for any testimonials,

Whalen posted 01-07-2004 09:24 AM ET (US)     Profile for Whalen    
Marsh, I hate to see your post hanging like this. I hope this reply will spark some interest. I have the same question, I bought a engine mount Navigator for my MT170. I placed it on the cavitation plates with a clamp and stared at it off and on for several hours before taking it off and putting it back in the box for return to BPS. It sits so far back and so high up that I think that it would cause drag underway at partial speeds,or cavitate when in use. It only has a one year warranty. The PWM needs to be mounted fairly close to the unit too.
I want to mount a Minn Kota 55# autopilot on the bow of my boat. I do not want it in the way, if possible. I am considering mounting it to one extreme side on one of those sliding mounts. Hoping to keep from having to deploy it just to fish from the front. Lots of clearance issues. I have searched for days and have established that a bow mount is possible, but I will have to order all the pieces and dry fit until a solution is reached.
sumnerdav posted 01-07-2004 11:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for sumnerdav  Send Email to sumnerdav     
My dealer told me that if you did not want exposed wiring for a front mount you had to order the trolling motor from the factory.

There is a post in this form with pictures of a stern mounted trolling motor.

I'd be interested in seeing your front mount when you complete it.

Marsh posted 01-07-2004 01:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
I'm not worried about wiring...wires across the deck are no problem, and are removed once back to shore anyhow.

I'm only concerned about screwing mounts into the bow (structural integrity), and raising/lowering the troller vis-a-vis the bow rail clearance.

I'll use a push-pole if I have to. Way cheaper than a troller. Did that a lot back in the good ole days...

red right returning,

nolester posted 01-08-2004 08:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for nolester  Send Email to nolester     
I am facing a few issues about putting a bow mount on my Sport 130. I got things stirred up on here, and learned a lot, by asking how to tap the screws into the deck for the bracket.

It began with my decision to mount the motor with a bracket shown here:

The debate got me concerned about using the bracket, but now I am ready to risk it except I am not sure how to move the motor out of the way using it.

Here is a post of mine in a Florida Sportsman boating forum that has enabled posters to include photos in the posts. It contains a look at an installation of a bow mount on a whaler about the size of yours. It also has pictures of the smaller Birdsall bracket and I hope some discussion of what to do!


nolester posted 01-08-2004 08:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for nolester  Send Email to nolester     
That link would be:

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