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Scott Grey posted 03-08-2007 04:40 PM ET (US)   Profile for Scott Grey   Send Email to Scott Grey  
[Seeks comments about] the Motorguide wireless trolling motor. Has anyone installed one on the front of their boat yet? Transom or bow mount, both will require a mounting bracket.

I started looking at a trolling motor for my 190 Outrage and asked you guys about the thrust needed for my boat. I know the thrust needed now (thanks guys!) and was considering a transom mount because of the bow rail. Thanks everyone in advance.

Kencvit posted 03-09-2007 01:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Scott--From my research a 24-volt system is required if you`re going electric. Bow mounting is more effective but running the cables to it is a problem in addition to dealing with the rails. A transon mount Min-kota Vantage model looks like it would be good , 80 lbs thrust on 24 volt. I`ve seen one on a 2000 OUTRAGE 18 at the lake and I hope to ask the owner how it performs whenI see him. The unit is about 75-lbs. Batteries would go in the console.

I`m also thinking of the Lenco trolling tab motors as I want trim tabs. This would kill two birds with one stone, but the motor might interfere with the swim platform and ladder on the starboard side.
My other thought has been a 8-HP or 9-HP Yamaha. I have a F150 Yamaha. Bracketing this motor has some problems and also weight becomes an [problem]. Motor and bracket could add up to 130-lbs (and my 200-lbs sitting back there steering) and I`m concerned about its affect on static trim.

Wondering also about a 6-HP as a believe a CW member has one and said it performs ok, In the spring, I`m going to simulate the 8-HP application with weights to see how it affects things. I trolled and idled about 30 hours last season with my F150 and it worked well also so I could just keep doing that, but it would be nice to have a back -up.

Scott Grey posted 03-09-2007 04:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I'm going to use the 24 volt system instead of the 12-volt. I've talked to several people and they said I could get away with the 12-volt but I would not be happy, it just isn't enough power for the boat I have. The motorguide I'm looking at is 82-lbs trust which should push me around 5-MPH and the batteries will fit under the port rear seat. I will make a custom aluminum tig-welded battery box that will be removable. I will take some pictures as I do this to post.
Kencvit posted 03-09-2007 05:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Scott, I don`t think under the port seat is the best location for the batteries. That is another 100-lbs bringing you up to 182-lbs, way more than a 8-HP or 9.9-HP four-stroke. You will be lowering your scuppers increasing the chance for water under the seats. The scupper backflaps do let some water in. For fishing it can be nice to leave the seat and cushion at the dock which gives you more access at the back, you won`t have this if the batteries are there. Also your battery box may block the scupper preventing or slowing the escape of water you might take over the side.
Why don`t you put them in the console. you can run the cables in the conduit/tray in the bilge. There`s a pull string in the conduit for additional cabling if you haven`t used it already. The batteries in the console will give you additional weight forward which the boat likes and eliminate the need for a custom box , plus you could wire in a charging unit for the batteries to recharge while your underway. You have the Verado, right? So the stern is leaning toward the heavy side already. I hope I `m not coming across as a know-it-all. I`ve just been studying the different options for awhile now to see which will give the best results.
Kencvit posted 03-09-2007 05:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Scott, bluewaterpilate is the real expert ,see his installation in the jump box thread.
Scott Grey posted 03-14-2007 02:22 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
The battery box I'm building is watertight with the exception of the vent tube and it will be raised off of the bottom of the floor about an inch. I'm using two yellow top Optima batteries which are a little smaller and lighter than the average deep cycles, but I think your idea of placing them in the console would be better in the long run. I thought it would be best in the back corner where it would be easy to remove and replace when fishing the flats. That is the only time i will be using it. With the additional information do you think I'm still better off putting it in the console? Again everyone, thanks in advance.


Kencvit posted 03-14-2007 10:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kencvit  Send Email to Kencvit     
Scott, just checked the Optima site; those are lighter batteries. I will check to see if they`ve been reviewed here on CW. I still like the console location for the batteries. Having to load them into the boat when you want to go fishing will be a pain. 2 batteries in the box will be over 90lbs unless you take the batteries out seperately and you`d have to disconnect them. Myself with my back, I can`t risk lifting 90 lbs. How will you secure the battery box if its on 1-inch legs. Install them once in the console and your done.
I think I read highanddry has added batteries in his 190 Nantucket console. Maybe he can comment here.
Scott Grey posted 03-16-2007 01:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Scott Grey  Send Email to Scott Grey     
I think i will mount them inside the console after doing some thinking, moving them to the console like you said would make the boat handle better and there is still room in the console.
jimh posted 03-17-2007 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Is this a discussion about Motorguide Trolling motors or about where to mount batteries?

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