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whalerbound posted 04-04-2003 11:29 PM ET (US)   Profile for whalerbound   Send Email to whalerbound  
Am considering adding an electric trolling motor to my Montauk for in shore fishing in the Ten Thousand Island area of S.W. Florida. A transom mount seems to offer fewer installation problems but any recomendations would be appreciated.
Dick posted 04-05-2003 12:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

I am running a 42# thrust bow mount on my Montauk.

I'll send you a couple pictures.


JBCornwell posted 04-05-2003 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Whalerbound.

A bow mount gives much better control for maneuvering.

I have used Minn-Kota Power Drive and Auto Pilots on my Montauk with great success in fresh water.

I have pics if you like. Email me.

Red sky at night. . .

acassidy posted 04-05-2003 09:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for acassidy  Send Email to acassidy     
I had a transom mount on my Montauk for one season and really did not like it. You always have to get the motor behind the boat to steer it. I now have a 54 lb Motorguide tiller Lil' Gator mount on the bow with the rails still on it. I can not tell you how happy I am with it and do not see how I used to live without it. It is installed much like how Dick's is and I have the thank the guys on this board with the whole thing. ARCHIE
Julius Bosco posted 04-05-2003 09:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Julius Bosco  Send Email to Julius Bosco     
Whalerbound- I recently mounted a MinnKota riptide 55 tiller bowmount trolling motor on my 17 Montauk. This site helped emensely. A summary of posts on this forum recommended mounting on the right side of the boat due to the prop torque. There is 1/2 inch plywood on the front pad of most older wahlers. I used MinnKota's quick release plate, and it was well worth the extra money. It will require some shimming but not a problem. I used 1/4 inch toggle bolts (4) to secure the mounting plate. Be sure to seal the holes well. The motor performs well and raises and lowers easily with the bow rail in place. Good Luck!!
hooter posted 04-06-2003 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Listen t'what these fellers's sayin', and go for a bow mount. Any 12V rig will pull that li'l Montauk around just fine, but go for as much hp as you can afford. Finally, the MinnKota motors have required far less repairs than any other brand Ah've bought. Their salt water series is super.
whalerbound posted 04-06-2003 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for whalerbound  Send Email to whalerbound     
Thanks to everyone for the timely responses. I think I will take the universal advice and go with the bow mount.
Bobber posted 04-08-2003 12:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bobber  Send Email to Bobber     
For that area I strongly recommend a RipTide 24v,74lb, 50" shaft for a bow mount. It will add some $$$ and weight to the package but if you want to work into Lostmans against a spring tide no 12v motor will do.
I use a 24v 65lb Riptide on the transom of my 17 Supersport, its strong enough to offset most of the disadvantages of transom mounting and my bow gunner loves the set up since all he has to do is cast. Its worked well enough for me that I've been able to avoid the big bucks for a wireless AP that the lower bow rails on my SS neccesitate.
hooter posted 04-08-2003 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for hooter    
Mr. Bobber prob'ly knows his stuff f'that particular area, but that motor he's talkin' about is what pulls mah 18' around now like a plow horse on steroids, even on a rippin' tide. Big wind, though, forget it. On a li'l 16'6", that big Rip Tide'll prob'ly pull you up Niagra Falls! Better bring a parachute.
Mark D posted 04-16-2003 07:39 AM ET (US)     Profile for Mark D    
Julius where do moount your battery?
Julius Bosco posted 04-16-2003 10:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Julius Bosco  Send Email to Julius Bosco     
Mark-mounted the deep cycle battery in the console; this is where my starting battery is also placed.

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