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Bill Davis posted 01-12-2003 11:02 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bill Davis   Send Email to Bill Davis  
I have a 2000 model Sport 13 and would like to add a trolling motor. I use it for salt water fishing, inshore of course. I think I will want a bow mount with foot control. This is my first boat and I am new at this. Has anyone else put a trolling motor on a Sport 13? If so, I'd love to hear what model, exactly where it is mounted, whether another battery was added and where, how it works, etc. Thanks!
JBCornwell posted 01-12-2003 11:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Bill.

I put a Minn-Kota PowerDrive 40 on my '75 Sport 13.

I made a mounting base of 1" mahogany and mounted it on the starboard bow. Then put a Minn-Kota quick release mount on it. Worked very well, and the PowerDrive unit can be operated from anywhere on the boat.

You could do the same with King Starboard.

Red sky at night. . .

Drisney posted 01-18-2003 01:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Bill, I am putting a trolling motor on my 13 also. My neighbor uses two batteries on his 18 outrage (1 engine, 1 trolling) and after an entire day of trolling intermittently while flyfishing that battery is drained.The thirteen is way easier to push, and the engine is easy to pull start if necesary, so I am going to start off with one battery and add one if needed.....Dave
Bill Davis posted 01-20-2003 12:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill Davis  Send Email to Bill Davis     
I'd sure love to see a photo of that mount.
JohnJ80 posted 02-07-2003 11:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for JohnJ80  Send Email to JohnJ80     
I just went through the exercise of buying a motor for my D15 (not mounted yet). However, I did alot of research. Maybe this helps:

1. Current consumption: Minnkota manual says that battery drain is roughly 1A for 12V and 0.74A per hour for each pound of thrust. I think this is accurate at higher settings but somewhat too high for lower.

2. Recharging: I can't have power on my dock and I don't want to lug batteries. Check out the Stealth 1 charger at This allows your alternator on your motor to charge both the cranking and trolling batteries. It supports 12V, 24V and 36V systems. If your run your motor as you move around, each time you do, the battery is charged. Lead acid batteries don't like to be fully discharged and this helps.

3. Motor: I opted for the Minnkota 55AP - 55lbs thrust, plus auto pilot. Minnkota recommends 2 lbs of thrust for each 100 lb of boat weight. I chose to take that at that and up them one motor size. Seems to me its better to have to much thrusts at the high end instead of too little.

4. Mounting Location: Check with BW tech support for the layout of the backing wood under the front of the boat. It moves around greatly with the D15 and I suspect that this is the case with all of them as they learn what people try to mount. Also, on the D15, various serial numbers have various mounting plates and the material can be mahogany plywood or phenolic. Mounting in mahogany is recommended by BW to be lag bolts (since you can't get at the underside) and tapped holes if phenolic.

hope this helps.


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