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high sierra posted 08-02-2005 02:46 PM ET (US)   Profile for high sierra   Send Email to high sierra  
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
Robob2003 posted 08-02-2005 03:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Robob2003  Send Email to Robob2003     
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

jimh posted 08-02-2005 08:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
timsr posted 08-03-2005 02:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for timsr  Send Email to timsr     
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.


high sierra posted 08-03-2005 05:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
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)
WT posted 08-03-2005 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

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.¤t=Montauk4-10-04029.jpg


Marsh posted 08-03-2005 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Marsh  Send Email to Marsh     
I put a Minn-Kota troller on my 170. See link for photobucket pics:


high sierra posted 08-03-2005 10:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
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
timsr posted 08-04-2005 05:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for timsr  Send Email to timsr     
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.


bsmotril posted 08-04-2005 10:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
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
WT posted 08-05-2005 01:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for WT  Send Email to WT     

The terminal nuts came with the batteries.

high sierra posted 08-09-2005 12:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for high sierra  Send Email to high sierra     
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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