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Custom trolling motor lift assist ("equalizer")

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Just purchased my first boat with a deployable trolling motor.  The trolling motor required more effort to deploy/retrieve than I was expecting, and I've been dealing with back problems, so I needed a solution.  I've seen lift assists for motor guide's products, but nothing for Minn Kotas.  

Looking at the MotorGuide equalizer product it seemed that all it really was, was a system of struts, balanced at the right weight and geometry.  That was the hardest part to get right.  After trying a few weights i settled on 2x 80lb struts, at 12 inch length, set up as shown in the photo.  Takes almost all the weight off the trolling motor when pulling it out of the water, and assists slightly with lifting it off the deck as well.  A huge relief on my back!


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