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Old 09-24-2020, 08:23 AM
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So for discussion... Why do bay boat manufacturers (ie Parker, Kencraft, etc.) not plan better for trolling motor installations since IMHO bay boats end up getting outfitted with a trolling motor sooner or later. It seems people are always having to move navigation lights, relocate cleats, fabricate mounts, lose access to anchor lockers, etc. Would it not be that hard to include a perfect trolling motor mounting location in the mold that did not interfere with other factory features? I would think this could be done in a tasteful way that did not affect the boats lines for folks not wanting a TM.
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I'm sure they will in the future. It's a fairly new concept to put trolling motors on every boat up to 30' these days. Before spot lock nobody would have even considered it.
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More R & D upfront. Should tell you a whole lot about an OEM boat builder that claims to have a competitive Bay Boat.

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My BlueWave's bow had a mounting location and plug built in. Couldn't have been easier to install.
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Originally Posted by jubal View Post
My BlueWave's bow had a mounting location and plug built in. Couldn't have been easier to install.
Exactly like that! Every manufacturer should do the same!
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Pioneer Baysport has access for mounting plate in anchor locker, plug wired & installed at bow & 3 battery trays in the console ready for use.
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My Parker had a factory plug and a flat spot on the bow to accept it without interfering with the bow light. I haven’t seen that many where mounting is difficult.

I will say that a lot of people do indeed buy them and never put a trolling motor on them.
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True, "Bay Boats", are bass boats on steroids. The majority of them ARE thinking the owners will be installing TM's.
The boats you mentioned and others that are used in the bay, didn't start with the TM in mind but some of them will be changing with enough response from customers.

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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
I'm sure they will in the future. It's a fairly new concept to put trolling motors on every boat up to 30' these days. Before spot lock nobody would have even considered it.
"fairly new concept" My boat is a 2003 and came from the factory with a trolling motor, I wouldn't consider a 17 year old boat "fairly new". Guess it really just depends on where you live and fish.
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If you're a manufacturer and your boats are flying out the door, why bother.

In a tough market I could see a company going through the time and expense to add this feature as a selling point, but if they're selling as fast as you can build them.......

I did buy a new Carolina Skiff JVX 16 a couple years ago and it was set up with wiring,plug, battery box,etc. Rode so rough I sold it before I could think about adding the trolling motor!
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more people dont so why do the extra work for a minority.
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Up where I live this has been the standard for maybe fifty years or so...every boat has a 9.9 on the back, which is what we would consider a trolling motor. Every boat is built with the assumption that a kicker is going on.
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Last 5 bayboats I've owned have come set up for a TM.
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Shoot, some boats don't even consider a place to mount a transducer!
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Originally Posted by DarcizzleOffshore View Post
I'm sure they will in the future. It's a fairly new concept to put trolling motors on every boat up to 30' these days. Before spot lock nobody would have even considered it.
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"fairly new concept" My boat is a 2003 and came from the factory with a trolling motor, I wouldn't consider a 17 year old boat "fairly new". Guess it really just depends on where you live and fish.
"Every boat up to 30'" is the key part of her sentence. Agree with Darcie, you're talking about GPS spot lock as a <10yo advancement. Prior to spot lock it wasn't some sort of given that a bay boat would get a trolling motor. Of course many bay and flats boats have had trolling motors for decades, but technology advancements like GPS and salt-resisting technology has only been around for so long.

Also agree with OP, more manufacturers should, and I believe will, plan for TMs in the mold for at least bay boats and hybrids as time goes on.

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