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whitlecj
06-19-2011, 06:46 PM
Anyone installed a trolling motor on an Ultra 232? What shaft length would be required? The dealer I have my boat ordered through has not been able to tell me for sure if a 62 inch shaft will be long enough. Thanks for any help you can provide.


lebest
06-19-2011, 07:25 PM
Call Jai or Larry at Sea Hunt. They are very helpful and will answer any of your questions.

whitlecj
06-20-2011, 05:17 AM
I spoke with Jai last week and he could not tell me for sure if anyone made a trolling motor with a long enough shaft. Not sure where to turn for the answer.


jbryant
06-20-2011, 06:17 AM
We have installed several 60" trolling motors on the 210 / 207 sea hunts with good success. I have used these on the water as well. They work fine in calm water to a moderate chop, but blow the props in heavier chop. The 232's bow will be too tall for any standard trolling motor. You would have to have a longer shaft made.

JB

whitlecj
06-20-2011, 06:24 AM
Thanks for the info. Does anyone know where I can get a longer shaft made or a custom model? My boat is on order, I would prefer to have the dealer deal with all of this at the time of rigging if at all possible.

Jack Hart
06-20-2011, 06:35 AM
How about these? http://store.minnkotamotors.com/category/415934/Trim-N-Troll

whitlecj
06-20-2011, 07:10 AM
I saw those Jack. I would prefer a bow mounted trolling motor, but I may have not choice. I have my dealer trying to figure it all out now. I think it will come down to finding someone who will make me a longer shaft for a minnkota. If anyone has a source for custom/longer shafts, please let me know.

Miss Sadie
06-20-2011, 09:46 AM
Call Coastline Repair and ask for Brownie; they can make longer shaft for you.

Coastline Service Center 706-A North William Goldsboro, NC 27530 (919) 736-3859 ...

scullym
06-20-2011, 09:50 AM
OP- if you get SH input, please share the wealth. kinda in the same boat.

whitlecj
06-20-2011, 09:51 AM
Will do. Dealer is talking to the folks at the factory now.

whitlecj
06-23-2011, 09:39 AM
Just learned from the factory that on an Ultra 232 the bow height from the waterline is 52". Calling Coastline Repair now.

keithelder
06-23-2011, 11:26 AM
I'd do what Jack Hart said and go with trim tab trolling motors.

http://store.minnkotamotors.com/category/415934/Trim-N-Troll

whitlecj
06-23-2011, 12:50 PM
Still trying to sort this out. None of the people I have talked to are crazy about the trim-n-troll. I would rather not go that route, but I am running out of options.

keithelder
06-23-2011, 12:53 PM
Our boats are kind of similar. There is no way I could mount a trolling motor on mine, yours it'd work if you got the minn kota riptide with the long shank (go ahead and spring for the gps positioning too :) ).

I pretty much have to go trim tabs for trolling and I will be in a few months. Then I can speak more about 'em.

whitlecj
06-23-2011, 12:55 PM
Yep that is what I hope to do. I want a minn kota with ipilot. Just struggling finding someone who will either custom make me a longer shaft or extend the one that is one it. Thanks for your input.

keithelder
06-23-2011, 12:58 PM
We need ipilot trim tabs! :)

whitlecj
06-23-2011, 12:58 PM
Exactly. I would be all over that.

whitlecj
06-24-2011, 06:21 AM
Well I continue to strike out. Coastline said they cannot make a shaft. Ugh!

Jonboater
06-24-2011, 07:36 AM
FWIW that is a lot of boat for a bow mount trolling motor...just saying... That would be a ton of leverage on the mount with the shaft length you would need in any kind of chop. Even if someone would build you a longer one it may not hold up.

62Jet
06-24-2011, 08:03 AM
Minn Kota makes longer shafts that can be swapped out for the factory shafts. Use the Minn Kota site to find your local authorized repair shop and they can do it. Or you can buy one and do it yourself.

http://bowfishingextreme.com/TrollingMtrParts/trolling-motors.htm

scullym
06-24-2011, 09:21 AM
check this out if you haven 't already..

http://seahuntownersgroup.yuku.com/reply/10509/ULTRA-210-TROLLING-MOTOR-INSTALL#reply-10509

whitlecj
07-10-2011, 06:42 PM
check this out if you haven 't already..

http://seahuntownersgroup.yuku.com/reply/10509/ULTRA-210-TROLLING-MOTOR-INSTALL#reply-10509

Thanks so much for the link. After seeing it I actually think there is a chance the 60" shaft will work. My boat will be here in a couple of weeks so we will see.

tprice
07-10-2011, 07:37 PM
Thanks so much for the link. After seeing it I actually think there is a chance the 60" shaft will work. My boat will be here in a couple of weeks so we will see.

Mind if I ask what type of fishing you will be doing, we use them around here for trolling live bait for freshwater stripers

I have one mounted on my 210 Sea Pro and have seen some of a couple of the Sea Hunts with them mounted on them as well. Not sure how much higher your bow would be than mine but I do not even have mine adjusted all the way down when I use it.

However most of the time we use them water is pretty calm, also lot of the guys will use big 30-50 gallon bait tanks and most put them in the stern of the boat however when I have my bait tank in my boat (40 gallon) it is in front of my console so that will naturally lower the bow some I am sure

240 LTS
07-10-2011, 07:57 PM
OP,
Is your bow, the fiberglass, where the bracket will be mounted reinforced?
Is there access for through bolting and wiring?
There is a tremendous amount of force on the bow when the motor is retracted and running and when you are actually using the TM.
Be careful.



.

whitlecj
07-11-2011, 05:38 AM
Mind if I ask what type of fishing you will be doing, we use them around here for trolling live bait for freshwater stripers

I have one mounted on my 210 Sea Pro and have seen some of a couple of the Sea Hunts with them mounted on them as well. Not sure how much higher your bow would be than mine but I do not even have mine adjusted all the way down when I use it.

However most of the time we use them water is pretty calm, also lot of the guys will use big 30-50 gallon bait tanks and most put them in the stern of the boat however when I have my bait tank in my boat (40 gallon) it is in front of my console so that will naturally lower the bow some I am sure

It will be used primarily for trolling for fresh water stripers. I may use it a little bit for bass fishing but that will be rare.

whitlecj
07-11-2011, 05:39 AM
OP,
Is your bow, the fiberglass, where the bracket will be mounted reinforced?
Is there access for through bolting and wiring?
There is a tremendous amount of force on the bow when the motor is retracted and running and when you are actually using the TM.
Be careful.

.

I am going to let the dealer install the trolling motor as part of the new boat purchase. I know they have installed them on other similar sea hunts just none this big.

Skipper22
07-12-2011, 02:14 PM
i got a 62" minn kota from sportsmansguide for dirt cheap. may not be a bad spot to check out

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/browse/boating-trolling-motors.aspx?c=47&s=457

Float Away
07-13-2011, 11:47 AM
tprice, do you have any pictures of how your trolling motor is mounted? thanks

whitlecj
08-05-2011, 07:04 AM
Just wanted to give everyone an update on this. I picked my boat up on Wednesday and dropped it in yesterday afternoon. I ended up putting a 60" Minn Kota with I-Pilot on the bow. It works well in calm conditions and even with a little wind chop (if you are up front). If you get in boat waves or heavier chop, it blows out frequently especially if you are around the console and not up front. I think the bait tank up front will make it much better. The nose of the Ultra 232 is just a bit too high for a 60" shaft if you are in the back of the boat. A 72" or even a 66" would be perfect for most conditions if they would just make one. I was a little disappointed but it is about how I expected it to be. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me and I will be glad to share my experiences.

olsouth3030
08-06-2011, 12:14 PM
i will be in the same situation in the future when I finally pull the trigger on a boat. I bass fish in the AM on calm water with the kids on fresh water lakes and need something bowmounted. I'd love to see your mount and how it i laid out. My concern was having it in the stored position and still having access to the anchor well

Brent B
03-05-2012, 07:25 AM
Has anyone installed one of these longer shafts?

I am trying to put an i-pilot on the bow of a 2012 pursuit c230.

Thanks

whitlecj
03-05-2012, 09:20 AM
Sorry guys. I should have updated this before now. I ended up selling the 60" trolling motor and custom ordering a 72". I have not put the new trolling motor on the boat yet to try it but it should work much better than the 60". The 60" was just no good unless the water was glass. I ordered my trolling motor from http://www.tristatetrollingmotor.com. I had to drop down in thrust a little because they can't make a custom keyed shaft (only the round shafts). I hope to put the boat in in the next few weeks and can give it try.



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