Understanding Mount Types
There are three different types of trolling motors - bow, transom and engine mount. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages.
Bow mount trolling motors are the most popular type of trolling motors for serious fishermen with medium to large boats. One of their most notable advantages is that they provide significantly better control when compared to a transom mount motor. This is because a bow mount motor pulls the boat through the water, as opposed to pushing it from behind (as a transom mount does), and makes steering much more precise. If maneuverability and precision are important, than a bow mount motor is your best option. Additionally, bow mount motors have a wider range of control options (hand, foot, wireless remote) and offer a much larger feature set than transom mount motors.
While attractive, bow mount motors are more expensive than transom mount motors. Additionally, they are harder to install and take up more deck space than comparable transom mount motors.
In order to install a bow mount motor, you'll need a flat deck, and room to install it on the front of the boat. For more details on making sure your boat is compatible with a bow mount motor, please see our bow mount compatibility guide.
Pros: Precise Boat Control, More Features, More Control Options
Cons: Expensive, Take Up More Room
Transom mounts are popular with smaller boats and are easier to install that bow mount motors. While bow mounts require that a plate be drilled on the bow of the boat, transom mounts easily attach to the boat's stern with a simple clamp. Transom mounts are also much easier to operate from the back of the boat, and don't clutter up the deck with foot pedals or cords as bow mount motors often do. For smaller boat such as canoes, transom mounts are a usually the preferred choice. Do to their simpler design, transom mounts also tend to be more affordable than their bow mount counterparts.
Pros: More Affordable, Easier to Install
Cons: Less Precise Control, Fewer Options
Engine Mount Motors
Engine mount trolling motors are - like the name implies - mounted to the cavitation plate of an outboard motor. Engine mount motors simply provide thrust and the boat is steered via the outboard motor - either by the wheel or by hand - as the trolling motor is mounted directly to it. Thrust settings and motor direction are controlled via a wired remote.
Engine mount motors are a great choice for multi-purpose boats, especially when there isn't room for a tradition trolling motor. The motor is submerged when the engine is off and comes out of the water with the outboard when the boat is on plane at speed.
While they're great at saving space, engine mount motors are more difficult to control than bow or transom mount motors. Additionally, they don't have any of the features found on bow mount models and are more expensive than both transom and bow mount motors given the thrust and features.
Pros: Convenient, Space Saving Mounting Location
Cons: More Difficult to Control, Fewer Features, Expensive
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