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Bucabeer
post Oct 5 2012, 06:45 AM
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I've got a 17ft Key West center console now, and was wondering how I might install my Riptide trolling motor on the bow -without spending a ton of money to do so.

The trolling motor is what you'd expect - I don't have the metal fold-down piece or anything. I just have the normal trolling motor at this point.
There IS a 12v socket near the anchor storage compartment on the bow...
I have an extra battery I could install into the boat for this purpose.

Is it worth trying to do?
Has anyone successfully done so on their own?
How can I ensure the thing will even be submersed under water from the bow? It looks like a stretch, but it does seem possible...at least when there is a person on the bow manning it and casting.

Am I fooling myself?






 
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post Oct 5 2012, 08:09 AM
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Ive seen them on keywest boats. The plug can go 12v or 24v. You failed to post your model boatand post a photo of your bow so how we gonna know?
 
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post Oct 5 2012, 09:21 AM
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That's true, I didn't give much to work with.

I'll take a couple photos and post them here, probably Monday of next week

 
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post Oct 5 2012, 10:28 AM
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You can use a fixed trolling motor mount, basically a large L-bracket. I had one on my Polar Boat in the mid-90s when I was too cheap to buy a trolling motor with a scissor mount. Worked great, and having the plug already installed, you're half way there.
 
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post Oct 8 2012, 05:10 PM
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Photos to help understand the goal:











 
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post Oct 8 2012, 07:36 PM
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Dont think it will work on a bow rider style boat. A keywest flatsboat will work
 
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post Oct 9 2012, 03:14 AM
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Measure your boat from deck to bottom of trailer frame, then measure your t/m from bottom of bracket to top of motor. t/m needs to be at least as long as boat measurement to not cavitate in waves.


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post Oct 9 2012, 10:33 AM
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QUOTE (futch13 @ Oct 9 2012, 03:14 PM) *
Measure your boat from deck to bottom of trailer frame, then measure your t/m from bottom of bracket to top of motor. t/m needs to be at least as long as boat measurement to not cavitate in waves.


I'll do this. That measurement is what concerns me - but I guess it might make it. worth a try.
If it does, then I can start to think about best way to mount it onto bow.

I guess the optional, metal scissor-bracket contraption would definitely work?
 
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post Oct 9 2012, 01:54 PM
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http://www.marineproducts.net/deck-mount-t...-motor-bracket/

you can buy a longer fiberglass shaft but will need to extend the wires. or bring it to a trolling motor repair shop in your area and they can do this for you
 
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post Oct 10 2012, 12:59 PM
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QUOTE (futch13 @ Oct 9 2012, 05:14 AM) *
Measure your boat from deck to bottom of trailer frame, then measure your t/m from bottom of bracket to top of motor. t/m needs to be at least as long as boat measurement to not cavitate in waves.



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post Oct 19 2012, 03:12 PM
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your shaft is too short mellow.gif


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post Nov 14 2012, 03:36 PM
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QUOTE (BORF @ Oct 20 2012, 02:12 AM) *
your shaft is too short mellow.gif


Maybe, but its girth is fuggin scary.
Boat is in shop as we speak...trolling motor on back burner mellow.gif
 
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post Nov 19 2012, 05:35 PM
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QUOTE (BORF @ Oct 19 2012, 04:12 PM) *
your shaft is too short mellow.gif



ma belly hides my shaft sad.gif
 
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post Dec 12 2012, 09:34 AM
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Well, I got the new outlet installed in bow, with cable running back to battery compartment.

But, there is no way my trolling motor will reach and stay underwater from a bow mount.
So I think I will sell it, then buy the right motor / hardware when I am able.

...Could be a while!

 
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post Dec 27 2012, 06:56 AM
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Okay I am back on this...getting an all-new, expensive metal-arm trolling motor isn't going to happen on my budget, ever.

So, I am determined to find the right bow mount to make this work. I don't think a traditional "one-bar" mount that simply sticks out off the bow will work (it would still be too high from the water, by about maybe a foot...)

I am thinking more of a custom-made mount, where it curves out from the boat (thinking almost like a 'rainbow' shape?) and then turns into a flat, horizontal bar to mount to. This would be just below bow-level...

I think it would work because my trolling motor control arm extends outward and also pivots upward.

Any suggestions?

 
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post Dec 27 2012, 07:21 AM
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The problem with that is every time you have to steer you have to bend down to do it. I have that problem now and plan to get a longer shaft motor in the near future to alleviate that. It really does get to be a pain in the ass on a long day of fishing.



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post Dec 27 2012, 12:26 PM
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QUOTE (Stilfishn @ Dec 27 2012, 06:21 PM) *
The problem with that is every time you have to steer you have to bend down to do it. I have that problem now and plan to get a longer shaft motor in the near future to alleviate that. It really does get to be a pain in the ass on a long day of fishing.


See--that won't be a problem for me, because I never get to have a long day of fishing! laugh.gif
j/k, I see your point. Still, I think it is about my only realistic trolling option at the moment
 
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post Dec 28 2012, 05:39 AM
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By the time you have someone custom build a mount for you, as I don't know of an aftermarket mount like that, you can prolly buy the proper trolling motor for your boat. Unless you have a friend cobble something together.


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post Jan 3 2014, 08:21 PM
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My shaft was too small also sad.gif
I bought a replacement on ebay. Went from a 32 to a 52 for only 40 bucks then all you need is a birdsal motor mount. 160 bucks
 
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post Jan 11 2014, 05:50 PM
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