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gerry posted 07-21-2000 07:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for gerry   Send Email to gerry  
I have a 1962 13' sport(modified) by one previous owner. I have had a removable trolling motor on the transom. Obviously, it would be better up front. any suggestions, anyone, on what type of bow mount, hardware, drilling, gluing/epoxying, etc.? all suggestions would be appreciated! p.s. i shall send a photo in- it has a lot of the original eqpmt!
jimh posted 07-29-2000 10:45 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The hull and liner at the bow in the early 13-foot boat does not, I think, have the step pads and embedded wood that later models incorporated. That change came about 1977.
Trolling motors are often mounted to that wood, but that does not help you with a 1962 boat.

I haven't given much thought to how to do this, but off the top of my head I think I would approach it by fashioning something out of wood that could be attached mechanically to the hull. Then the trolling motor could be clamped to the wood.

You might have to through-bolt the wood to the gunwales, using stainless-steel hardware. Then, when the mount was removed, there would just be two holes. These could be filled later if use of the platform was discontinued.

Perhaps someone else has already done this?

--Jim Hebert

Fred posted 07-31-2000 05:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fred  Send Email to Fred     
I have a 69 13'. The previous owner had a mount made to go on the bow. I am about to use it as a template and try and modify it to work a little better. I'll let you know how it turns out.
The current one is a metal bracket with a wood plate. I connects to to boat with toggle style hooks that connect both sides of the tie down in the bow and a single hook on the trailer hook.
I know this doesn't make sense. I'll see if I can take a photo and maybe send it in.

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