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AQUANUT posted 03-19-2004 10:22 PM ET (US)   Profile for AQUANUT   Send Email to AQUANUT  
hey,
whale nuts,
want to throw some ideas at ya..I have a 2004 montauk.
what i don't have is a livewell baitbox or a trolling motor.


this is what I am thinking about...the forward storage locker has a thru hull fitting for drainage....what if, it became the discharge/drain utilizing a stand pipe..as most livewells do..you dictate water level by length of pvc pipe
The wiring for the bow light is routed thru the rub rail at the factory, by removing the insert in rub rail you can wire a new run from aft void in step compartment.
By drill a hole with a 18 inch bit...used by cable tv installers...{avaiable at lowes and major hardware stores,},you could punch an access into forward compartment for electrical wiring to an aerator pump/recirc pump..these are usually same/similar to bildge pump..and can be submerged in water...thus,by drilling an additional thru hull near keel you can obtain a supply for live well....
the wiring aft would have to continue to console via tube to wire the switch into circuit...or to delay switch panel.

I also think a bow mounted trolling motor could use the same path [inside rub rail insert] for electrical wiring.
the easy way to install the trolling mtr would be to cut bow rail..near upright supports..and install bullet ends to finish of the ends of rails....but perhaps the best solution would be to attach a qwik disconnect plate that exstends well over the rub rail on bow..thus when troller
[non-scisor mount type] pivot base type,,is deployed it will clear under the bow rail.


I rig boats....I feel they both can work..but....open for suggestions
comments entertained thanx


p.s...the anchor could be stowed in an anchor bow roller designed for fluke type anchors...available from coast supply, tied off to the forward cleat.

Moe posted 03-20-2004 12:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moe  Send Email to Moe     
A few things to think about. Bait in the bow locker might get a good shakin' up on the ride out. Some bait species wouldn't survive that. The easiest ridin' location for them is in front of the motor well.

From the bow to a battery in the console along the rub rail is a LONG, LONG run for battery power, particularly for a 12V trolling motor. To prevent significant voltage drop, you'd need a heavy AWG that probably won't fit very well behind the rub rail. I'm still on my first cup of coffee this morning, and not awake enough to calculate the size needed. If you want to use a battery in the console for the trolling motor, I'd stick to a transom mount motor, and even at that distance, cabling needs to be fairly heavy. A 12V motor is going to draw twice the amperage as a 24 volt model at the same thrust level.

If you want a bow-mount trolling motor, I'd deck mount two Group 31 batteries on either side of the bow locker.

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Moe

jimh posted 03-20-2004 12:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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