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Trolling motor on a 170 ?
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posted 08-02-2005 02:46 PM ET (US)
I need a trolling motor on my 170 Montauk. I've looked at the Lenco trolling system which I'm not so sure of on a whaler, a transom mount which is hard to get to and control, and a bow mount which I know nothing about .I'm trying to get away from gas powered engines as a troller. Any suggestions and experiences would be appreciated. High Sierra
posted 08-02-2005 03:19 PM ET (US)
I just bought a Minn Kota Riptide transom mount trolling motor with a 42 inch shaft and had a bracket made so I could bow mount it. A regular bow mount needs too much swing room to clear the bow rail.
The bracket is just an L shaped piece of 1/4 inch aluminum that measures 4X4X7 inches with gussets welded on each end to keep it from bending. I through bolted it to the bow just behind the rubrail and attached some wood pads for the motor to grip.
I turned the head 180 degrees so it runs correctly forward and in reverse. I can still hang it on the transom but haven't seen any need to do that.
I also lengthened the cables so I can keep the battery in stern.
Email me and I'll be happy to send you some pictures of the setup.
Bob on Tampa Bay
posted 08-02-2005 08:41 PM ET (US)
posted 08-03-2005 02:21 PM ET (US)
I recently installed a bow mounted Minn Kota Riptide 55 lb thrust trolling motor with autopilot and co-pilot. I am extremely pleased with the set up and it pulls my 170 just fine for the lakes that I fish in. Minn Kota sells a mounting bracket which I attached to a 1/2" piece of starboard that was mounted to the bow of my Montauk. I installed a Group 31 battery in the console and then installed a trolling motor plug in the console. If you'd like to see some pictures e-mail and I will send them to you.
posted 08-03-2005 05:13 PM ET (US)
timsr, you have what I'm looking to install. I need to know if it clears the rail, roughly how long on a battery, do you get or have to use the long heavy cable strung through the boat, and where did you put your battery. Thanks a bunch for your time. Jim ( aka high sierra)
posted 08-03-2005 05:43 PM ET (US)
My Whaler dealer suggested making the front of the bow rail removable by cutting and pinning it to accommodate a trolling motor.
I decided to remove my bow rail to make it easier to fish from the bow but I think the Montauk looks better with the bow rail on.
Here are some pics.
posted 08-03-2005 07:31 PM ET (US)
I put a Minn-Kota troller on my 170. See link for photobucket pics:
posted 08-03-2005 10:51 PM ET (US)
Warren, Hi, I wondered why you took off your bow rail when we were at the rendezvous. I hope not to do that with whatever rig I get.
Marsh, I couldn't bring up your pictures. Probably something I'm not doing. HIGH SIERRA
posted 08-04-2005 05:02 PM ET (US)
high sierra it does clear the bow rail as long as you mount the motor a good deal forward on the bow. I will send you some pictures of my setup. I installed a Group 31 battery in the console and it seems to go forever. I also installed a one bank battery charger in the console so I don'thave to try and use an external charger. The autopilot and co-pilot are the way to go with this motor, well worth the money.
Check your e-mail.
posted 08-04-2005 10:39 PM ET (US)
Great looking Rig! What is your source for the battery terminal nuts you used shown in the picture of the inside of your console? BillS
posted 08-05-2005 01:31 AM ET (US)
The terminal nuts came with the batteries.
posted 08-09-2005 12:51 AM ET (US)
To all, decided on a Minn Kota Vector 55 transom mount. Kind of trick the way it steers. It has a 3 to 1 steering ratio. Cabela's got the order. High Sierra
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