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Old 05-30-2020, 05:35 AM
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Question for you middle peninsula/Northern Neck dwellers:

Would/ do you feel comfortable leaving your trolling motor mounted on your boat? As heycharlie and others might know, I live in a pretty rural area. Conversely, in our rural area, my neighborhood is very busy and there’s constantly traffic. It also seems like a number of folks know my boat.

The trolling motor is an Ulterra with a quick-release bracket, so it wouldn’t take much work for someone to walk off with it.

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I don't know what neighborhood you're in but if it was my boat I'd leave it in. I don't take the keys out of the ignition. Not really any crime here. Don't those quick releases have a way to lock them?
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Originally Posted by Mako 234 View Post
I don't know what neighborhood you're in but if it was my boat I'd leave it in. I don't take the keys out of the ignition. Not really any crime here. Don't those quick releases have a way to lock them?
I’m off 14, just behind Ware Academy. There’s a cotter pin. That I could probably replace with a small lock 🔒. I might do that.

The motor weighs about 80 lbs. which is more than I can comfortably lift over my head these days.
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I have the same bracket. When I tow my boat out of town I lock the trailer hitch pin and the tongue. Put a small lock in place of the trolling motor cotter pin.

Do you leave your electronics on the boat?
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Originally Posted by 74lbSteve View Post
I have the same bracket. When I tow my boat out of town I lock the trailer hitch pin and the tongue. Put a small lock in place of the trolling motor cotter pin.

Do you leave your electronics on the boat?
I’m looking for a lock to put in place of the cotter pin...found one I liked, but it was just a tad too big.

Chart plotter and VHF are permanently installed, so it’d take cutting them out to remove them, and I sleep about 45 ft from the boat, have lights on it, and so forth, so I think I’d hear someone trying to take those, but it’d be pretty easy to just pull out the cotter pin and walk off with the trolling motor.
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I leave mine and have the same one. Be careful what lock you use. One day you may be out on the water like I was, and for some reason you can’t stow the trolling motor. The lock was deteriorated by the salt water and key would not work. I needed bolt cutters to cut the lock and didn’t have any. Luckily I used my radio and someone had a pair close by. Otherwise I would have needed to run 20 miles with the trolling motor down (no manual stow option on riptide ultra).
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I keep mine on the boat but do not have the quick disconnect for that reason. It’s through bolted and would be a PITA to steal/remove. Could be vandalized though I suppose. I keep it covered when I don’t expect to go out for a few days. Hopefully that helps as well.
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See photo below. I also had many days where I’ve left expensive fly gear laying out in my boat on the street in Mathews and never had it messed with before.
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Capt Ahab That looks pretty similar to the lock I just bought. OK...I'll give it a go. Lifting 80 lbs over my head these days isn't too fun. Thanks!
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Capt Ahab That looks pretty similar to the lock I just bought. OK...I'll give it a go. Lifting 80 lbs over my head these days isn't too fun. Thanks!
For the thieves that want it to sell for a few bucks, cut the lock and 80lbs, no problem.
Best of luck.


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For the thieves that want it to sell for a few bucks, cut the lock and 80lbs, no problem.
Best of luck.


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I know.... thanks.
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When I lived on Cape Cod I had an 18' aluminum CC with a 90hp Yamaha and a 7.5 trolling motor. Kids came by and stole the 7.5 and tried stealing the 90 too. They sawed through the steering cable but must have been scared off or discouraged before they finished. Luckily some kids father saw the 7.5 sitting in his garage and ended up contacting the police and I eventually got it back.
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