Another Trolling Motor Setup

Vqt411

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Figured I post yet another trolling motor installation. I pretty much went with member MZBHAVN Minn Kota post verbatim but added a few additional steps that I ran into that might assist others. I have always used Motor Guide so my setup will be as such.

I went with the Motor Guide 80lbs trust with the 60” shaft with the GPS/SpotLock option for my 2008 215 CC.

I moved the top nav light to the underside while drilling 3/8 hole for access. I spliced the connection and closed the top with a plug instead of filling it with Rule. Glad I did since I accidentally pull the wire from the anchor storage and got the wire disconnected. Rather had the plug white but couldn’t justify buying 25+ pieces online in order to get white. Got one grey piece at Ace Hardware. I positioned my quick release bracket a bit further back so only 3 of the original holes were resting on the pulpit. I opted to drill another hole in the center.

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I had some flexible all purpose wire that I used to push through the conduit where the existing nav light run. Once I got this to the other end that comes out/up through the console. I then taped both 6Gauge lines with electrical tape at the bow end and started to pull from the console end. I ran into some snags along the way before it got stuck. To remedy the issue I used some electrical grease throughout the lines. The next pull slid through like a snake in water. It probably wouldn’t hurt that the grease will help if I ever needed to run more line. I opted to leave the wire in place reachable from both ends in case I need to pull additional lines in the future.





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Drilled 1” hole in the rope locker and installed the power receptical for the trolling motor. I then spliced the trolling motor power plug to the trolling motor power lines.

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The power cable was able to fit into the locker cover slit along with my anchor chains.

The boat already has a dual battery setup so I added two more 27 series deep cycle batteries. I bought all four batteries new from Sam’s. 2 dual purpose 24 cycle for cranking/house and 2 deep cycle 27 series setup for 24v trolling motor. I used a recommended 60Amp breaker for the trolling motor batteries connection. All four batteries sat on mounting plates and pretty much took all the bottom space of the console floor.

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I installed a NOCO 4banks battery charger/maintainer for the batteries. I opted to bolt down the charger on top of the cover inside the console and run the lines through the hand slit.

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Added a plug socket on the starboard side of the console to plug in an extension cord for charging.

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I DIY a trolling motor stabilizer since the RAM products are ridiculously expensive. Got a few ideas from other folks online. I Bought a piece of 1 ½ inch PVC pipe and cut it down to size. Cover both ends with caps. I got some plastic clamps on Amazon to lock down the shaft of the trolling motor. I screwed it down to one end of the cap. I velcro the bottom end to a buffer sponge to absorb shock and preventing it from sliding around on the deck.

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I took it out for a day of fishing/hooping and couldn’t be happier not ever having to anchor!

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I was only able to upload 10 pics so I only posted what was pertinent.

Vince
 
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Putershark

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Great guide and sure will be help to many ;)
 

215fan

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Figured I post yet another trolling motor installation. I pretty much went with member MZBHAVN Minn Kota post verbatim but added a few additional steps that I ran into that might assist others. I have always used Motor Guide so my setup will be as such.

I went with the Motor Guide 80lbs trust with the 60” shaft with the GPS/SpotLock option for my 2008 215 CC.

I moved the top nav light to the underside while drilling 3/8 hole for access. I spliced the connection and closed the top with a plug instead of filling it with Rule. Glad I did since I accidentally pull the wire from the anchor storage and got the wire disconnected. Rather had the plug white but couldn’t justify buying 25+ pieces online in order to get white. Got one grey piece at Ace Hardware. I positioned my quick release bracket a bit further back so only 3 of the original holes were resting on the pulpit. I opted to drill another hole in the center.

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I had some flexible all purpose wire that I used to push through the conduit where the existing nav light run. Once I got this to the other end that comes out/up through the console. I then taped both 6Gauge lines with electrical tape at the bow end and started to pull from the console end. I ran into some snags along the way before it got stuck. To remedy the issue I used some electrical grease throughout the lines. The next pull slid through like a snake in water. It probably wouldn’t hurt that the grease will help if I ever needed to run more line. I opted to leave the wire in place reachable from both ends in case I need to pull additional lines in the future.





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Drilled 1” hole in the rope locker and installed the power receptical for the trolling motor. I then spliced the trolling motor power plug to the trolling motor power lines.

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The power cable was able to fit into the locker cover slit along with my anchor chains.

The boat already has a dual battery setup so I added two more 27 series deep cycle batteries. I bought all four batteries new from Sam’s. 2 dual purpose 24 cycle for cranking/house and 2 deep cycle 27 series setup for 24v trolling motor. I used a recommended 60Amp breaker for the trolling motor batteries connection. All four batteries sat on mounting plates and pretty much took all the bottom space of the console floor.

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I installed a NOCO 4banks battery charger/maintainer for the batteries. I opted to bolt down the charger on top of the cover inside the console and run the lines through the hand slit.

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Added a plug socket on the starboard side of the console to plug in an extension cord for charging.

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I DIY a trolling motor stabilizer since the RAM products are ridiculously expensive. Got a few ideas from other folks online. I Bought a piece of 1 ½ inch PVC pipe and cut it down to size. Cover both ends with caps. I got some plastic clamps on Amazon to lock down the shaft of the trolling motor. I screwed it down to one end of the cap. I velcro the bottom end to a buffer sponge to absorb shock and preventing it from sliding around on the deck.

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I took it out for a day of fishing/hooping and couldn’t be happier not ever having to anchor!

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I was only able to upload 10 pics so I only posted what was pertinent.

Vince
Thanks for the post! I recently fished with a friend that has a spot lock trolling motor and I couldn't believe how great they hold you over structure. Got to get one on my 215 now!
Is the 80 lb thrust - 60" shaft enough for the 215? I was leaning towards a 36 volt 72" shaft but didn't know if that's overkill for a 215 triumph. Can you please give us an update on how well that setup is doing?

Thanks!
 

Yump

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Thanks for the post! I recently fished with a friend that has a spot lock trolling motor and I couldn't believe how great they hold you over structure. Got to get one on my 215 now!
Is the 80 lb thrust - 60" shaft enough for the 215? I was leaning towards a 36 volt 72" shaft but didn't know if that's overkill for a 215 triumph. Can you please give us an update on how well that setup is doing?

Thanks!
 

Yump

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Omg that's what's up hahaha where were you in September when I paid someone to do the install lol couldn't figure it out and neither could they even though I have them the write ups hahaha looks clean as hell on yours though!!
 

Yump

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Honestly 60" shaft is perfect and I have a 36v system on mine and it's perfect for what I want it for and plenty of juice to use offshore. Opted for 36v soly to use as a kicker as I fish past the limits of tow boat us quite often during summer. Figure better to have it and not need it then to need it and be padling in from 90 miles out. @215fan
 

215fan

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Thanks for the added feedback. I was planning a 36v as well. Better to have the added thrust in stronger currents and wind than not to have it. The 60" has served you well? I haven't measured my bow height yet. What does the 215 measure to the water line?
Thank again!
 

Vqt411

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I thought about doing the 36v setup but didn't had enough room in the console to have 5 batteries (3 trolling and 2 house/engine). The 60" shaft seems to work out so far except when the wakes from passing boat would raise the bow up and the trolling motor would come out of the water briefly. The one issue I had with the navigation light being under the pulpit was water kept getting in and burning out the light bulb. I ended up installing these LED strip lights. Make sure you have enough spacing between the pulpit and the trolling motor pole at downward position so that it doesn't press against the LED strip. Mine ended up getting crushed on the green light side. These LED strips are super bright at night. LED.jpg
 
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Yump

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Thanks for the added feedback. I was planning a 36v as well. Better to have the added thrust in stronger currents and wind than not to have it. The 60" has served you well? I haven't measured my bow height yet. What does the 215 measure to the water line?
Thank again!
I haven't really had an issue yet with the 60" shaft. I will say that the added power is a nice addition but all it really equates to is longer battery life lol.. I'm not sure but I know there us easily a foot under water at all times.
 

215fan

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I haven't really had an issue yet with the 60" shaft. I will say that the added power is a nice addition but all it really equates to is longer battery life lol.. I'm not sure but I know there us easily a foot under water at all times.
I spoke to a sales rep for Rhodan and she said their 24v 80 lb thrust motor will handle boats up to 6000 lbs. That was good to hear, one less battery to deal with. They have a 12 week lead time though so I'll have to put it off for a while.
 

Yump

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I spoke to a sales rep for Rhodan and she said their 24v 80 lb thrust motor will handle boats up to 6000 lbs. That was good to hear, one less battery to deal with. They have a 12 week lead time though so I'll have to put it off for a while.
Damn that thing looks pretty sweet! The pulling power on that is intense that's for sure! I wonder what the actual battery life is though? Seems like it's got a huge amperage draw. I already had a helix10 g3n mega side image so I went with the i-pilot link. It's wicked awesome to just have my fish finder do the work hahaha. Also the reason I went with the 112 thrust is well. Our boats have factory dry weight of about 2,300 lbs then factor a f150 outboard weights 470 dry. 70 gallons of fuel a 6lb a gallon is another 420 lbs as this does diminish I have never touched a half tank of gas burned. Water intrusion to the hull idk lol your guess is as good as mine?? I seem to have had quite a decent amount before the drains and Mickey Mouse enterprise hack job I did in the mega hold shop vac'd out 46 gallons. Now when I'm going offshore there's normally 3 of us on the boat another 700lbs of mass lol. Plus gear? Never weighed that lol. Full bait tank 32 gallons with the mod listed on the forum for a true fill at 8 lb a gallon is another 250lbs. Full scoop of sardines 18lbs. My calculations were that I was past the 4000 lb mark. Also I have boat us as my recovery service. Unfortunately they only rescue in the 55 mile range. I most often fish 73 miles south of the border in Baja then back to San Diego lol. I opted for the 112lb thrust not based on going faster cause I don't think that's a possibility. Thrust vs rpm and prop selection is a thing lol. I soly opted for the bigger motor as a backup plan to put me closer to that 55 mile mark worst case scenario lmao hahaha. This season I will have time off work when the tuna, yellowtail, skipjack, wahoo, and Dorado are only like 36 miles offshore so that's a score!! All in all I'm waiting on the lowrance ghost to be saltwater capable hahaha. That thing looks sweet! Then fashion in a few 36v lithium ion batteries and call it a day hahaha
 

215fan

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Yeah I considered a lithium set up but damn that's a big jump in $$. Hard to justify that initial investment.
 
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