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Recessed Trolling Motor Tray?

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Me and my dad have been debating on buying one and could use some help. I have used other boats with it and it feels great not having to lean back on the seat and just stand up straight. Has anyone had any experience installing one themselves and if so which tray would you recommend? We may take it somewhere and have them do it just because my dad really doesn't want to be the one drilling into his boat, we have a 2001 Javelin Renegade 20. Any previous experiences or tips would help. 

 

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Hi, my last rig didn't have a recessed pedal but my new ride does.  You will love it!  I would suggest you have a Very Experienced person, such as a marina with insurance, install your recessed pedal tray.  There's a bulkhead in most all bass boats and I'm sure your Renegade has one (I owned a Javelin years ago) and if it's cut/damaged, your boat will lose it's structural integrity.  Your dad is correct in not wanting to cut the deck!  :cut:

 

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P.S. I don't know why the first sentence is underlined, sorry.  I couldn't get the post off without it.  Still new here :wink2:

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Hi, my last rig didn't have a recessed pedal but my new ride does.  You will love it!  I would suggest you have a Very Experienced person, such as a marina with insurance, install your recessed pedal tray.  There's a bulkhead in most all bass boats and I'm sure your Renegade has one (I owned a Javelin years ago) and if it's cut/damaged, your boat will lose it's structural integrity.  Your dad is correct in not wanting to cut the deck!  :cut:

Ya I think we will definitely be taking it somewhere, YouTube just makes it look easy haha!!!

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I installed one in a 96 Stratos and it was simple. I can understand not wanting to do something for fear that you may ruin your boat, but it really is a simple procedure.

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Ya I think we will definitely be taking it somewhere, YouTube just makes it look easy haha!!!

Sorry to put a scare into ya, but it's not a mistake you can take back.  Drilling holes and cutting into glass always scares me and I leave that to the pros.  I can rig new hardware but if it involves saws, forget it.  A bulkhead is rather important on our glass boats for safety.  Javelin or Stratos might have the schematics for the boat and it might make it safer to try, but why bother with something that can be sensitive.  Wise choice, in my opinion!

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I installed one in a 96 Stratos and it was simple. I can understand not wanting to do something for fear that you may ruin your boat, but it really is a simple procedure.

Drill, cut, install.  Simple.   lol.   They even come with a template!   If you can reach under from the front tackle compartment or from the front instrument panel to confirm the bulkhead/strake isn't in the way, go for it.  The OP doesn't sound so sure about the job.  $150 well spent at a marina.....and good for the economy.  For me, better safe than sorry.     

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Drill, cut, install.  Simple.   lol.   They even come with a template!   If you can reach under from the front tackle compartment or from the front instrument panel to confirm the bulkhead/strake isn't in the way, go for it.  The OP doesn't sound so sure about the job.  $150 well spent at a marina.....and good for the economy.  For me, better safe than sorry.     

 

I can understand that. I felt pretty confident in my abilities so it never crossed my mind to have it done somewhere else. I called a boat shop about having tilt/trim blinker installed because I wasn't sure how hard that would be and they wanted $165 labor to do that. I did that myself as well and it too was easy.

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I can understand that. I felt pretty confident in my abilities so it never crossed my mind to have it done somewhere else. I called a boat shop about having tilt/trim blinker installed because I wasn't sure how hard that would be and they wanted $165 labor to do that. I did that myself as well and it too was easy.

They sure aren't cheap, are they!  I try to do things myself when I can, also.  It's the jobs where one mistake and you're screwed......those go to the pros.  And sadly I know nothing about engines except abusing them.  Well, that's fun!

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I installed a Comfort Troll brand in my boat. This one is thick metal with strong welds and non chip powder coat. Pedal from my Maxxum fits well in it. I have seen cheaper ones made of plastic and thinner metal that I would not reccomend.

 

As said as long as no structural bulk heads its quite easy. 

 

Where a mask as fiberglass particals and not good to breathe in.

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  • I installed one on my tr20, piece of cake after you decide you can cut your boat. after that you will not have a problem drilling something else into your boat..

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I had mine done at a shop where they install all kinds of accessories.  Even then they cut through my wires running from the back to the bow.  I'm glad it was them instead of me that had to redo all of the wiring.

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If you use an oscillating saw rather than a jig saw, it may take longer, but all you will cut thru is the deck. 

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I also installed a Comfort Troll brand in my Champion. Took about 2 1/2 hours. I wish I would have installed on years ago.

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I was worried too....very worried.

But it was very easy.....I cut mine with a skilsaw and finished corners with a hand saw.

Measure 5 times and cut once....watch for wires, ect.

Do a search here on the forum for recessed tray,.....a lot of info on it.

I love it and will never have another boat without one!

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Me and dad put a ez-troll in his stratos 185, very simple, no need to pay someone to do it. We originally wanted a metal tray, but after checking out the composite ez troll at a boat show, decided to go with it. Your not gonna break it, bottom line. Has a lifetime warranty. It has raised feet inside the tray where you mount the pedal, so if water gets in the tray your pedal will not be submerged. That's something the metal trays didn't have. Cutting the hole will not effect the structural integrity of the boat whatsoever, so it's no big deal. Haven't got to use it on water yet, hopefully will this weekend, but it has to be better than standing there all day with your leg hiked up.

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