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    Speedster with Trolling Motor

    FYI....I added this to do some bass fishing. The trolling motor is detachable. To support this, I also added an additional battery and a two bank water proof battery charger.
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    Nice I'm glad to seem not the only one that uses a speedster to do some fishing. Also a good way to keep from sucking stuff in the pump in low water conditions

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    I do fishing with my sportster too, but I find it rather difficult to do. With out any transom in the water, it tends to kind of spin around on windy days and get lines mixed up if there's multiple ones in the water. I didnt buy the boat for fishing reasons, so I cant really complain though.

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    I've thought about doing the same with mine. Thinking about mounting it on the rear of the boat though just for ease of mounting and unmounting, and because the kids and I would be much less cramped fishing from the rear platform. I don't think it would be much harder to drag it backwards than forward. What do you think since you've actually used one?

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    In previous years, I had always owned bass boats. (17' Tracker then a 19' Triton).
    Since moving to Florida, I have been really excited to fish.
    When I installed the motor, I also ensured it was going to be removable.
    There is a "puck" that is left on the bow step when the trolling motor isn't in use.
    I don't have enough room to buy another boat and most of the time, I fish alone so the situation isn't too bad.

    The two down falls that I have experienced:
    1- Because there is no outboard motor in the rear to help keep the boat straight, the back end does seem to drift away from time to time, especially in wind.
    2- I have snapped a tip of a rod because I accidently closed the rear storage compartment on one of the rods.

    dg

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    D&S,

    I'd really like more details on your setup. Would like to do same thing to my 07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strmchzr View Post
    D&S,

    I'd really like more details on your setup. Would like to do same thing to my 07.
    strm- I had a local Ranger Bass Boat dealership do the install.
    There is a minn kota puck mounted to the boat so the trolling motor can be removed when I don't want it in the boat (the motor takes up a good bit of room when it is in the lay down position.)
    There a second battery installed that powers the trolling motor.
    We turned the cranking battery side ways and mounted the second battery sideways in front of the cranking battery.
    Power wires were run from the back through the side of the boat to the bow.
    Four inch whole was cut in the bow (above the front step) to get to wires and to bolt the trolling motor puck down.
    This whole is covered by a twist cap that can be purchased at West Marine or Bass Pro Shops.
    Also, trolling motor wire quick release was also installed above step to the left of the first hole described.
    The trolling motor is a 45 lbs. thrust Edge will tiller. I also installed the extension handle.
    I didn't do the traditional foot peddle because of the lack of room.

    Hope this helps.

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    Looks sweet! Jason for the install next time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TampaSpeedster View Post
    Looks sweet! Jason for the install next time!
    We will see how he does on Samantha's GTI. Ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan and Samantha View Post
    We will see how he does on Samantha's GTI. Ha.
    Piece of cake.

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