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bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

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  • bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

    What is the best way to mount a bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with a rail up front?

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    1991 Thundercraft 177LS, 4.3L (175HP) OMC Cobra


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    Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

    Sorry, I forgot how to attach a pic.

    [img]C:\Documents and Settings\Gregg\Desktop\Bow Pic.bmp[/img]
    1991 Thundercraft 177LS, 4.3L (175HP) OMC Cobra

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    • #3
      Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

      Two options:

      Build a nice Teak platform that allows you to mount the motor above the rail. The would require a slightly longer shaft on the trolling motor.

      OR

      Check into modifying the bow rail so that you can make a gap in it for the troller. Most large marine suppliers should be able to supply the fittings to do same.

      BTW this issue comes up quite often here. A search may turn up something I overlooked.

      Gary

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      • #4
        Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

        Thanks for the reply Gary. I have already searched and found several threads that ask about it, but not a whole lot of solutions.

        The rail modification would definitely work, however, I would like to get the motor up and above the rail instead of modifying it.

        I was at a boat show recently and saw that a lot of the new Bayliners and Glastrons have a bracket for their trolling motors that mount on the front and slanting side of the boat. The salesmen at the boat show were of no help when I asked about the brackets availability and/or whether there were different styles.

        If anyone has seen any of these brackets, sold anywhere I would appreciate it.

        The other option is to have one made.
        1991 Thundercraft 177LS, 4.3L (175HP) OMC Cobra

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        • #5
          Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

          the easiest way is to mount a piece of 1/2 aluminum diamond plate on the deck , that sticks out under the rail and mount the motor outside the rail. it will hinder you if docking on that side of the boat.
          FLORIDA GATORS
          TEBOW Country



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          • #6
            Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

            I have the same problem with my boat. I may be in some of the posts you are speaking about. I have yet to find anything that will suffice. The wife does not want the rail off the boat, and doesnt want a hole cut in it either. The way I see it is if there was a way to slide the motor out then pivot down instead of that mechanical arm type of bow motors that everyone has.
            Hope this helps
            2005 Key West 186 CC 115Yam. 4-St.

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            • #7
              Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

              Is there any way to attach a mount to the rail? Look into making a some sort of mounting plate that attaches to the rail and voila you have a side business that serves everyone who has a bow rail and wants a mount for a trolling motor...LOL!

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              • #8
                Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                pretty good idea but thats a lot of pressure on the rail. As long as its welded good enough or clamped tight enough.
                2005 Key West 186 CC 115Yam. 4-St.

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                • #9
                  Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                  Well lets get into this then, how about we start with a picture of your rail on your boat, a location where you want it to go....then we can go from there.

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                  • #10
                    Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                    If there was a way to mount the whole setup on the rail and have a longer shaft, like said before by welding diamondplate to the rail and using that to mount the whole unit to.
                    2005 Key West 186 CC 115Yam. 4-St.

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                    • #11
                      Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                      Would still love to see a pic of what you want done....it would sure help.

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                      • #12
                        Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                        I tried uploading a picture in my first post, but obviously was unsuccessful.

                        If this doesn't work, can you explain how to upload a pic?

                        Thanks
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                        1991 Thundercraft 177LS, 4.3L (175HP) OMC Cobra

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                        • #13
                          Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                          You need to upload your picture to a free web picture hosting site...

                          I use Photobucket.com. Start a free account, upload your pics, and then use the IMG code on here and bingo bango, your pic just shows up on here!

                          Good luck with the photo posting. I would surely help when trying to help you!

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                          • #14
                            Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                            Thanks for the upload help. I could have sworn that I had uploaded pics before without referencing a free upload type site, but can't remember how I did it.

                            These are about the best pictures that I could find, until I get the boat out of winter storage.

                            I think I would be able to mount on the point of the bow, if the gas tank cover wasn't right in the middle. It still may work, but would be a very tight fit for the base of the trolling motor.

                            If these pics give you any ideas, I am open to anything right now.





                            1991 Thundercraft 177LS, 4.3L (175HP) OMC Cobra

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                            • #15
                              Re: bow mount trolling motor on a bowrider with rail?

                              ohh heck yea you can fit a troller up there some where just be careful about the placement. You dont want to drill through the gas tube but it should work. My problem is the rail is much taller and is one peice all the way across.
                              2005 Key West 186 CC 115Yam. 4-St.

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