Bow Mount Installation Guide
Mounting a Bow Mount Trolling Motor
For a more visual walkthrough, we recommend this video on installing a bow mount motor.
Tools required for mount installation:
- Wrench kit
- Phillips screwdriver
- Drill and drill bits
Decide which side of the bow – port or starboard – you want to mount the motor. There's no “wrong” answer for this as it really depends on how you operate the boat and how you fish. If you usually steer the boat from the port side, you'll want to consider mounting the motor on the starboard side to improve visibility. Also consider how and where you fish from when deciding where to mount the motor.
Remove the plate panels by removing the securing screws. For most motors, this will reveal the mounting holes.
Before determining mounting hole locations, you'll need to assemble the motor. Attach the motor shaft and head assembly to the mount. Once assembled, lay the motor in the stowed position along the bow parallel to the side.
Position the shaft as close to the centerline of the boat as possible. If the shaft and propeller are off-center, you may encounter drifting and steering issues when using your trolling motor.
Position the front of the mount so that it allows the motor to deploy and clear the tip of the bow. This will vary slightly from motor to motor, but will usually require either a flush position with the side of the boat, or a slight (less than 1”) overhang.
With the motor in the stowed position, check the location of the motor head. You want to make sure that it doesn't overhang the side of the boat. Otherwise, if you bump up against a dock or other vertical surface, you'll likely break the motor head. Using a straight-edge, position the mount so that the motor head is within the boundaries of the boat.
After double-checking the position of the front of the mount, drill two pilot holes into the bow from the hole pattern in the mount. It may be helpful to have someone hold the mount to ensure it doesn't shift during this process. Once drilled, secure the motor using these two holes. You can now drill the remaining holes without having to worry about the mount shifting position. You can also remove the shaft and motor head to make drilling easier.
Ideally, you'll have access to the underside of the bow in order to fasten the nuts to the bolts and secure the motor. However, this isn't always the case. In the event you can't access the underside of the mounting platform, we recommend using no-access bolting nuts which will allow you to secure the motor without access to the underside.
Once everything is secured, re-attach the side plates.
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