Trolling Motor Plug Overview
Trolling motor plugs are great accessories if you want the ability to remove your motor easily without disconnecting the hard wiring. Since many trolling motors have mounts and/or quick release plates that make removing the motor a simple task, trolling motor plugs have become a common accessory to additionally make disconnecting the wiring just as easy.
How do trolling motor plugs work?
A trolling motor plug works like any other electrical plug. There are two parts: the plug and the receptacle. The plug "plugs" into the receptacle (similar to an electrical outlet) and electrical current is able to flow from the batteries to the trolling motor. Removing the plug severs the electrical connection and the motor can then be removed.
What do I need for installation?
To install a trolling motor plug you will need the following tools:
- An electric drill
- 1 1/8" hole saw drill bit (standard trolling motor plug size),
- 7/64" drill bit
- Electrical wire (see our rules for extending wiring guide)
- Wire stripper
- Phillips screwdriver
- Trolling motor plug, receptacle & included hardware
How do I install the plug and receptacle?
- Choose a surface on your boat where the structure is not weakened. We recommend choosing a vertical surface to lessen the amount of water that can possibly enter the receptacle.
- Drill a 1 1/8" hole for the receptacle (1 1/8" is the standard size, however we recommend that you look over your receptacle instructions as the size of the hole could be different).
- Place the receptacle in the hole and use the smaller side holes as a template to drill the 7/64" screw holes.
- Take the trolling motor wire that will plug into the back of the receptacle and the power leads from the trolling motor and strip off 1/2" of the wire coating on both the positive and negetive power leads.
- Attach the trolling motor power leads into the plug (male end) and the battery leads into the receptacle (female end).
- Place the receptacle into the mounting hole and mount the receptacle using the 7/64" screws in the small 7/64" holes.
- Once the battery leads are wired to the battery(ies), attach the trolling motor plug to the receptacle and the system is ready to go.
My boat already has a plug receptacle, where can I find the plug? Will any plug work with the receptacle on my boat?
If you purchased a new fishing boat that didn't have a trolling motor already installed, the male plug end is probably in the boat's glove box or in a bag of accessories that came with the boat. If it is not, we recommend that you acquire the plug through the dealer where you purchased the boat. If you purchased a used boat, you will want to contact the manufacturer of the receptacle for the matching part, or just purchase a new plug and receptacle package. Unfortunately, most trolling motor plugs and receptacles are not compatible with each other as there isn't a universal plug design.
I don't want to drill into my boat but I want to be able to remove my trolling motor, do I have any other options besides a plug and receptacle?
Yes! If you don't want to permanently install a trolling motor plug and receptacle, there are a few other options. If you want to attach a quick-disconnect wire close to the trolling motor or anywhere in-line with the trolling motor wire, we recommend this quick-connect plug. If you have a transom mount motor, you may want to consider the trolling motor quick-connect plug which attaches to the terminals on your battery and circuit breaker and allows you to easily remove the wiring close to the battery.
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