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Dauntless_14_TX posted 09-28-2009 09:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for Dauntless_14_TX   Send Email to Dauntless_14_TX  
I'm thinking about installing a trolling motor on a Dauntless 14 and don't have the fishing package and with bow rails. Thus I'm thinking of going with a transom mount motor for ease of install.

I'll be using the motor mainly for repositioning the boat during drift fishing and sneaking up on fish on structure. So will only be used for short periods of time.

I found this mount made by Birdsall Marine <A HREF="" TARGET=Deck Mount Trolling Motor Bracket </A>. I was thinking of mounting it to the rear port side (near nav light base) and installing a covered recepticle near the trolling motor as access is easy there. Also nice as its removable except for the nearly flush mounted 5 1/2 " base plate which I can through-bolt to the deck for stability issues. Also would make for a nice clean install.

My only concern is steering control from the stern, as compared to the bow (easier to pull a boat than push one). Especially since the boat does have a tendency to wander a bit.

I was hoping someone out there has some experience with this and any thoughts and opinions as the knowledge base on this forum is quite diverse and experienced. Thanks for any input.

fishgutz posted 09-28-2009 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I might be able to give some insight. The idea you have sounds good. Just turn the head (top) of the trolling motor around 180 degrees and control the boat basically pulling backwards. I had a 14 foot aluminum boat that I controlled that way. Worked OK. Then I put a remote bowmount motor on. WOW What a difference. Tons more control.

I don't know about your Dauntless 14 but I cannot back mine up with much control with the big motor. A trolling motor might be a different story but I don't think so.

Here is what I did. For the few times I use a trolling motor this doesn't look pretty but it works fantastic. It takes about 2 minutes to mount the block and another 2 to mount the motor.
55 pound thrust and an extra long 52-54 inch shaft depending on how you measure it.

My wife and I like to sit on the very forward deck with our feet in the water, leaning forward on the rail to fish. Motor is right next to me on my left. Got to watch for gators, though.

Dauntless_14_TX posted 09-28-2009 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless_14_TX  Send Email to Dauntless_14_TX     
I like your mount, but without the trolling motor panel up front I don't know. Hate to leave wires over the deck someone could trip over being leg room is tight as it is. I think there is a rigging tube to the front, but thining it may be a hassel to try and go that route. Think it may take a bit of thought before I actually make a decision on what to do.
fishgutz posted 09-28-2009 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for fishgutz  Send Email to fishgutz     
I know what you're saying.
My boat is unique. It has the fishing package AND the bow rail. It is all prewired for the trolling motor and an extra power outlet. I changed the trolling motor receptacle to a Marinco plug and socket so it would be more universal or at least stay plugged in more securely. Mine also has the removable bow light.
Dauntless_14_TX posted 09-28-2009 03:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dauntless_14_TX  Send Email to Dauntless_14_TX     
It is odd how your boat came rigged with the fishing package and the bowrail considering getting a trolling motor deployed with the bowrail would be quite cumbersome and require some engineering. Which is why I'm leaning toward the transome mount, even if the overall boat control isn't as great. Though I can get a higher thrust motor to help compensate. Then I might have more luck pushing the boat forward while still maintaining control gievn its a short boat. Of course this is still all in theory and works on paper. Which we all know tends to go awry in actual practice.

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