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Diy Bow Mount Trolling Motor Bracket


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#1 Jim McC

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Posted May 30 2012 - 03:14 PM

I'm trying to find a pic of a good DIY mount to make. I have a Minn Kota transom mount motor(55 lb. thrust) I want to put in front instead. Does anyone have a pic or a link? My boat is a flat jon with a square front.Thanks

#2 Wayne P.

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Posted May 30 2012 - 05:07 PM

http://www.basspro.c...ct/58551/127874


http://www.basspro.c...ct/37359/111468

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Posted May 30 2012 - 07:34 PM

just can probly fab. one with aluminum from home depot the flat straight bars with rivets and rivet gun thats what im gonna do an seen it done and it is pretty tough even hitting bottom with motor if i can get a pic. i will post havent talk to my bud in a while

#4 Jim McC

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Posted May 30 2012 - 07:48 PM

Thanks Wayne. Both of those got pretty bad reviews, and the second one is only for a motor up to 35 lb. thrust. I'm only going to do this if my current motor will be long enough to work on the bow. It's shaft is 42". What's the easiest way to figure out if it will be long enough?

#5 james 14

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Posted May 31 2012 - 06:56 AM

I rigged mine to fit on an old Gator Mount I had leftover from a TM that went out. I unbolted the clamp for the old TM and bolted on some blocks of PT 2x4 strategically screwed together to create a place for the TM to mount to. Now I can pull the motor up by the cable or tilt it up. Your shaft length should be fine unless you're in a deep-v jon boat.
Of course I still had to mount this to the boat and for that I used a piece of 1/8" diamond plate (turned upside down so the motor was on the flat side) with some angle alum. to trim out the sides. I mounted the plug in a hole cut in the angle and painted it all black with appliance paint.
Now, you may not have an old TM mount laying around like I did but it's pretty easy to create something from the many random metal parts you can find at a Home Depot or Lowes. Use wood to mount the TM directly to and bolt the wood to the metal. The wood provides a better grip to clamp the motor to. I would try to stick to aluminum parts if at all possible.