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Old 06-04-2020, 02:38 PM
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Default Installing a trolling motor without below-deck access

Hi y’all,

I am not sure if this is posted somewhere else, I ran a search and didn’t find anything so I’m assuming it’s not.

I have a 2002 Xpress 17’ aluminum bass boat and I am trying to replace the original trolling motor with a new one.

(Note: I am not the original owner of the boat)

I have been doing research on how to install this particular brand of trolling motor (minn kota ultrex, 24v 80lb thrust) as well as trolling motors in general and haven’t found anything helpful. Additionally I have been researching how to install a trolling motor on this boat or without below-deck access and still haven’t found anything.

Has anyone found a way to safely install one of these trolling motors without being able to put the fastner-nuts beneath the mounting surface?

Or does someone have this same boat and has found a way to get beneath the bow to attach the fastner-nuts To the mounting hardware.

I appreciate any help!

Best,

T

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Old 06-04-2020, 03:19 PM
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Motor Guide makes a "nut" that is a rubber sleeve with a nut bonded to the end of it. You start the nut onto the screw above the deck. Insert it into the previously drilled hole. Once in the hole begin tightening the screw which pulls up on the sleeve making it balloon out below the deck securing the trolling motor.
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Motorguide MGA015PB6 Trolling Motor Rubber Mounting Isolator for Motor Mounts

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Perfect! Thank you so much!
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I used Garelick Stainless Steel Toggle Bolt Anchors, little tricky lining them up but its been solid for 5+ years.
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Don't use the rubber inserts. Mine kept coming loose. I swapped to toggles and it's been tight ever since.
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Originally Posted by Mel1420 View Post
I used Garelick Stainless Steel Toggle Bolt Anchors, little tricky lining them up but its been solid for 5+ years.
Yes these work great! far superior to the rubber ones that never stay tight I had them on My Motorguide Great White for several years & Now have them on My Xi5 Never a Issue
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If nothing else works ReelCatch you might consider what I did on an aluminum hull. I bought aluminum 1/2' bar stock adequate in length to span the corner of the bow I wanted the trolling motor on, and a width to accommodate the TM, had it welded on, then tapped it where necessary to mount the trolling motor.

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