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FRSam posted 03-15-2007 12:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for FRSam   Send Email to FRSam  
Is a plate required to bow mount a trolling motor so the motor when not in use can be stored to the side, out of the way? See:

I'd rather use something like this as number one I think it looks a lot nicer when the motor is off the boat and two this type of bracket is a lot less likely to hang up a fly line when the trolling motor is not attached and finally it's set up as a quick release so it's easy to remove the motor. TrollingMotor3.jpg

But I'm under the impression this second mounting bracket doesn't offer the range that you need to clear the bow rub rail unless it's mounted more toward the center of bow which means instead of being able to stow the motor to one side it ends up being stowed more toward the center of the bow?

The position this trolling motor is in is what I'd like as a final result - so my question is can I reach this goal using a the smaller motor mounting bracket. I don't have a bow rail to deal with - so that's not an issue. My whaler is a 150 Montauk and the trolling motor I'm looking at is a Minn Kota Riptide ST with a 46" shaft and 55 lb thrust. trolling%20motor%20mounted%20on%20Dauntless%20160/?action=view& current=03162615.jpg



lurkynot posted 03-16-2007 03:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
The bow mount in the picture with the Montauk shows the motor setup layed out normal to the rub rail. The first picture has the mount more oblique to the rub rail. This would require an extra look at the motor clearing said rub rail when deployed. I used a mount from a guy in North Dakota that actually slid forward when in use to make the swing over the rub rail when motor was used. In the stowed position, traveling or tarped I can slide the whole setup rearward if needed. When I am on the water I leave the mount in the full forward position and deploy the trolling motor when the situation calls for it.

Milepost43 posted 03-16-2007 03:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Milepost43  Send Email to Milepost43     
I mounted a MK Powerdrive on my Dauntless 220 by using this Cabela's slide mount. Works great. Can slide back for trailering with cover and can be removed easily if needed.
lurkynot posted 03-16-2007 04:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
Here is a scanned image of a page from the brochure.

The link below has a vague picture of the setup. Basically I had a piece of aluminum made to accept the retractable mount which is permanently mounted to the deck. The retractable mount is fixed to the trolling motor as described from the manufacturer. In my previous post I included pictures of a template used when I layed out the project. I was as careful as possible to avoid butchering the boat. I am sure others may be able shortcut it but I was'nt taking any chances. Any more questions feel free to ask.

FRSam posted 03-17-2007 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for FRSam  Send Email to FRSam     
Thanks for the input all. I just wish there was somewhere I could go and look at these different mounting brackets. Trying to do stuff like this over the internet is tough particularly when your not that familiar with the set up. Once again thanks.


Riptide23WA posted 03-18-2007 08:07 AM ET (US)     Profile for Riptide23WA  Send Email to Riptide23WA     
Lurky, is that bowrail of yours have some sort of "gate" that swings open when you deploy the motor? Never seen that before, but then again, I'm impressed with the full size CAD templates you rigged up...


lurkynot posted 03-18-2007 12:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for lurkynot  Send Email to lurkynot     
Pat, the wife was not on board with removing the rail - you know with kids. I had a fab shop in the area use a portion of the original rail to make the gate. The template was made from a scrap piece of drywall reinforced in limited areas with 1/4" plywood. It was the only way I was able to insure the motor would clear the rub rail when deployed and out of the way of the deck when stowed. Tony
mellis posted 08-30-2007 08:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for mellis  Send Email to mellis     
I'm trying to figure out how to bow mount a trolling motor on my 13' 3" 1966 Whaler Sport. Is there any way to do this without drilling throught the hull? Any suggestions to minimize damage to the baot would be appreciated!

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