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Transom Mounted Trolling Motor

Old 03-20-2019, 01:49 PM
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I have a 23’ boat with a cabin in the front so access to the bow is limited and can be risky getting up there in the high seas. The boat has an enclosed transom and the motor is mounted on a bracket.

I would like to add a trolling motor and so my options are either a bow mounted unit that has an auto-deploy feature or I mount one on the motor bracket. When I look online for transom mounted trolling motors I only see the small ones that are used on small dingy boats. I will want one with a quality trolling motor with a high thrust power that has an anchor feature so that I can stay positioned over a wreck when snapper fishing. My questions are as follows:

Is there a trolling motor that can be mounted on a motor bracket that has high enough thrust to have an effective anchor feature? I’m concerned that a trolling motor mounted to the aft end of a boat wouldn’t be very effective in an anchor mode feature but hopefully there is one available on the market.

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Old 03-20-2019, 02:21 PM
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I have a 23’ boat with a cabin in the front so access to the bow is limited and can be risky getting up there in the high seas. The boat has an enclosed transom and the motor is mounted on a bracket.

I would like to add a trolling motor and so my options are either a bow mounted unit that has an auto-deploy feature or I mount one on the motor bracket. When I look online for transom mounted trolling motors I only see the small ones that are used on small dingy boats. I will want one with a quality trolling motor with a high thrust power that has an anchor feature so that I can stay positioned over a wreck when snapper fishing. My questions are as follows:

Is there a trolling motor that can be mounted on a motor bracket that has high enough thrust to have an effective anchor feature? I’m concerned that a trolling motor mounted to the aft end of a boat wouldn’t be very effective in an anchor mode feature but hopefully there is one available on the market.

I would recc auto-deploy.
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Old 03-20-2019, 02:39 PM
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I don’t think you will get much if any control with a transom motor. Anchor function won’t know what to do. I’d look into the auto deploy as well with enough shaft length .
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I don’t think you will get much if any control with a transom motor. Anchor function won’t know what to do. I’d look into the auto deploy as well with enough shaft length .

I agree, hard to imagine a boat holding stern-to would do half as well as a bow mounted trolling motor that can keep the pointy end of the boat into the swell/chop/etc. Measure from the bow of the boat where you would mount it to the waterline and add 24" roughly, in my head a 72" shaft should work for most 23'ers but ya never know.
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The anchor feature I going to be trying to set you up transom to the waves in any breeze. That’s going to make it less effective and potentially dangerous.
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I have looked for a more robust transom mount trolling motor, but none seem to exist.
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I REALLY don’t think you want to anchor transom into the wind, no matter if it’s possible or not.
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