Different Mounting Options For Trolling Motors

In order to decide which trolling motor is best for your boat, you must take different factors into consideration, such as the mount location, the thrust required, the shaft length, and, of course, the size of your boat. In this post, I will describe which mounting location is best for you based on the characteristics of your boat and your requirements.

Mounting Locations

There are three primary locations on most boats where you can mount the trolling motor, namely the transom, engine, and bow. All these different mounting positions have their own pros and cons. Let’s take a look at them now.

Transom Mount Trolling Motors

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You should opt for a transom-mounted trolling motor when you need an efficient trolling motor with a range of features at an affordable price. This is because these are the most readily available types of motor, so it follows that you have the greatest selection. Transom trolling motors provide control of the boat from the stern.

They are usually used on smaller boats and are best suited for when you only need to cover a short distance, but more significantly, they are generally more affordable than a bow mount motor.

So, this brings us on to bow mount trolling motors.

Bow Mount Trolling Motors

Why should you opt for a bow mount motor?

Well, if your boat has a flat bow, then a bow mount trolling motor is an excellent option.

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One of the main advantages of bow mount trolling motors is that they usually enable hands-free operations and, in some cases, high-end trolling motors even offer autopilot functions or wireless control.

Bow mount trolling motors are also the most popular option for medium-sized and larger boats. That’s mainly because bow mount trolling motors provide better control than transom-mounted motors because they pull the boat as opposed to pushing it from behind which offers greater maneuverability and simplicity.

They offer more features and better maneuverability but are relatively expensive compared to transom-mounted motors.

The following precautions should always be observed while operating and fixing any kind of trolling motor;

  1. Do not operate the motor with the propellers outside the water, as this can cause serious injuries.
  2. Installation and removal of the trolling machine must be done carefully on land in order to prevent the isolator sleeve from dropping into the water.

Engine Mount Trolling Motors

Engine mount trolling motors present great space-saving advantages but are also a bit more confusing to install and operate than traditional bow mount motors.

You need to mount your trolling motor at the location where it can be firmly affixed and it must not interfere with the working of the main engine, or, indeed, the trolling motor itself. A good mount stays solid in both the deployed state as well as when it is withdrawn.

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In Summary

When choosing a trolling motor, it pays to give the mount careful consideration. In this article, I have outlined the different types of trolling motor mounts and which one is most suitable for the kind of boat you have. Mount options can also create some issues with the locking and removing of the trolling motor.

For example, motors that are mounted using clams are much easier, and faster, to remove than the ones fastened with bolts.

Also, remember, that while crossing rocks and stumps the mounted trolling machine suffers a high chance of damage so the mounting position must be flexible enough to avoid this.

Trolling Motor FAQs

How Do I Install a Trolling Motor Onto the Mount?

  1. Turn the bracket door knob towards the left to release and open the bracket door.
  2. Position the motor column into the bracket and lock the door.
  3. Turn the bracket door knob to the right to tighten the motor column.

How Do I Remove a Trolling Motor?

  1. Turn the bracket door knob to the left to release and open the bracket door.
  2.  Remove the motor column from the bracket and lock the door.

How Do I Raise & Lower a Trolling Motor?

  1. To raise the motor, use the mount rope handle to lift the motor up, but do not let its weight go in a downward direction.
  2. Keep pulling the rope until the motor mounts at the appropriate height in the stow position.
  3. Pressurize by pushing down on the top housing and shaft to lock the motor into the stow arrangement.
  4. To lower the motor, use the mount rope handle to lift the motor up. Carefully lower the motor into the water.

How Do I Adjust the Depth of a Trolling Motor?

  1. For hand-operated motors, untie the depth adjustment collar so the motor column will move freely up and down.
  2. Raise or lower the motor column until the propeller blades are sinking 15–30 cm (6–12 in.) below the water surface and then tighten the collar.
  3. For foot-operated motors,  untie the bracket door handle so the column moves freely up and downward.
  4. Raise or lower the motor column until the propeller blades are sunken 15–30 cm (6–12 in.) under the water surface and tense the door.

Hopefully, you have found this quick guide to mounting trolling motors useful. If you would like to find out more, please visit the information section or drop me a note in the comments below. Happy trolling!