Bow Mount Motor Compatibility
Ensuring a Trolling Motor Will Fit
Before purchasing a new motor, you'll want to be confident it will fit properly on your boat. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to determine by following these steps:
1. Check your Deck Mounting Location
To be mounted properly, bow mount motors need a flat surface on the bow to be mounted to. You'll want to ensure that there is no raised lip around the boat edge that would interfere with mounting as the mount may need to hang slightly over the deck. The mounting footprint for motors varies by model but we do list the mount dimensions for most of our motors on the individual product pages.
Ideally, you'll want to have access to the under side of the mounting platform as this will make it easier to drill and bolt down your motor. But even if you don't have access you can still secure the motor to the bow using special some type of "no access mounting bolt" (akin to a drywall screw).
2. Ensure You Have Ample Stow Room
It's also crucial to ensure there's enough room on your boat to properly stow your trolling motor when not in use. When stowed, a bow mount motor will lay flat along the deck so you'll need to ensure there aren't any obstacles that will prevent it from being safely stored. To determine how much room you'll need, take the shaft length and add 12" to account for the motor head and propeller. This will give you a good idea of how much room you'll need behind the motor.
3. Ensure You Have Room for the Electrical Components
With the mounting considerations taken care of, all that's left is to think about where you'll store your electrical components. Depending on the voltage of your motor, you'll need between one and three batteries. You'll also want to think about where the foot pedal (if used) and any battery charger you'll be installing will go.
If these three items check out, you'll have no problems installing your trolling motor. For questions about wiring and wiring compatibility, please see our wiring overview guide.
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