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Old 02-07-2019, 01:06 PM
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I've been looking to have a trolling motor put on my Hydra-Sports 230 walkaround - I know it's a weird boat to put a trolling motor on! We want to be able to use it offshore for GPS anchor lock more than anything. I know there are the big 3 brands Rhodan, Minn Kota, and Motorguide that have them. I'm certain I'll need 36v and have not measured yet but surely the longest shaft they make (well maybe not the 80" shaft)
You guys have any suggestions as which motors are better/worse?
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Really important to measure how far of a shaft you will need. If your able to go out and figure out how much bow bounce you get it will tell you much.
for BEST results, you don't want the motor bouncing out of the water but I'd like to hear from anyone who has a shaft so short that theirs bounces out and how well theirs holds.
I don't have enough time on mine that I would know that answer. I have yet to put mine into choppy water.

My motor can reach all the way down past the keel line.
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Originally Posted by melnic View Post
Really important to measure how far of a shaft you will need. If your able to go out and figure out how much bow bounce you get it will tell you much.
for BEST results, you don't want the motor bouncing out of the water but I'd like to hear from anyone who has a shaft so short that theirs bounces out and how well theirs holds.
I don't have enough time on mine that I would know that answer. I have yet to put mine into choppy water.

My motor can reach all the way down past the keel line.
Actually that was one other thing I forgot to mention. From where do I make that measurement? From the surface the motor would mount on? I don't even know where the measurement is made on the actual shaft...Thanks for bringing that up!
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Measure from the surface the TM will set on to the water. Minn Kota has a guide on their site. I have a 20 ' CC and it is 38" .I use a 72 " shaft and a 36 volt.
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With that being a full transom boat I would consider mounting it on the swim platform if all you are going to do is anchor offshore.
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20 inches below water line is the info I have seen on one of the trolling motor web site . So will it hold in THT 2 footers?
I am trying pick one my self for a 2400 Tidewater with a hard top, and it looks like 72 inch and 36 volts plus battery charger $$$...
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Originally Posted by H2OBUG View Post
With that being a full transom boat I would consider mounting it on the swim platform if all you are going to do is anchor offshore.
I only have a tiny platform that's enough to put both of your feet on-not sure it would be viable for mounting the motor...

ROBERTSMOSSYOAK this certainly not going to be a cheap addition that's for sure! I also have to figure out where I can stash the batteries and how to run these wires. Time to start googling pictures haha.

Thanks for the suggestions!
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I have been toying with the idea of adding one to my 25WA I just want it to hold me in place VIA gps offshore. At the moment I bump one engine in and out backing to the current to stay in place but this means im back and forth from my wheel. Never thought about the option of adding one on the stern bracket. Thoughts? Networking to Lowrance HDS would be a plus. Any recommendations?
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I put a 24v Motorguide on my Tidewater 198, 60” I believe.
one of the best investments- holds well against wind and current , can jog position with remote. The best thing ever.
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I can't add much as far as answering your question, but how do you plan on mounting it? Do you have a rail that you're going to have to cut?

I have a ProLine 20 Express, and I've contemplated a trolling motor, but I can't wrap my head around where to mount it and still be able to deploy it.
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The swim platform sounds terrific, except for storing the motor when not in use.

May have to get a old style manual type mount with the remote. Is that available anyone know?
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Originally Posted by Capt Grady 23 Gulfstream View Post
The swim platform sounds terrific, except for storing the motor when not in use.

May have to get a old style manual type mount with the remote. Is that available anyone know?
Quick release mount. take it off and set it in the cabin.

There is a guy here that has a big Prowler Cat with this same setup.

Check out KeithHelder in this thread
Saltwater trolling motor with GPS to stay over wreck
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I don't think mounting it on the Stern is going to give you good results with anchor mode.
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Anyone happen to know roughly how big that rectangle is that a trolling motor attaches to? Just wanting to see about measuring my bow for locations for that mounting bracket...Looks like it's basically Motorguide 72" or Minn Kota for around $2,100 or the Rhodan 84" for $3,000.

I do have a railing I'll have to cut. Rhodan sent me a couple of pictures of a customer that did very similar to what I will have to do (hopefully the pictures will attach here)

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That’s a great idea. Once you have a trolling motor with anchor lock you’ll wonder how you got along with out it.
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That’s a great idea. Once you have a trolling motor with anchor lock you’ll wonder how you got along with out it.
The more I look into this, the more I wonder how come I didn't do this years ago! I just figured since I have the bow railing it was not an option. Then the Rhodan guy blows my mind by sending me these pictures that make it seem like an everyday thing! That installation does not look bad at all. At this point I basically have to decide if I can/should spend the extra $1,000 to get the longer shaft. I'm sure for my current boat (23ft walkaround) the 72" shaft will be fine but we may upgrade boats in the next couple of years and I'd like to be able to move the trolling motor to the next boat. Not sure how long they last so that may even be a mute point in the discussion...Maybe someone can help guide that decision haha
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I put one on my 20’ center console 2 yrs ago, 60” shaft 80#, thinking I would take it to the next boat as well.
I just put a deposit on a 24’ Center Console and will need a bigger motor, 36v so mine goes with the boat that is for sale now.
when I took a few buddies out black fishing they were ready to go through the anchoring routine, instead, we were fishing instantly and able to move in 10’ increments with a touch of the remote. We caught a bunch while other boats were trying to get set on the rock piles.
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Originally Posted by Gmart View Post

when I took a few buddies out black fishing they were ready to go through the anchoring routine, instead, we were fishing instantly and able to move in 10’ increments with a touch of the remote. We caught a bunch while other boats were trying to get set on the rock piles.
That's what I'm talking about, that's awesome! I'm pretty terrible at the anchoring game, I won't lie...
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It’s a game changer!

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