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Old 02-09-2020, 02:26 PM
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Default MKA-16-03 vs MKA-51 quick release bracket for Ulterra trolling motor

This might just be the last question I ask before ordering my boat this week! I thought that I'd already asked it, then realized while going through my notes that I hadn't...

I HAVE searched the archives here, though, and also hunted down descriptions and reviews of both of these trolling motor quick release brackets wherever I could find them. Still up in the air on which one to get for the Ulterra on my impending 620FS Ranger Cup Equipped boat.

Anybody out there experienced with both? If so, what do you find most persuasive among their respective pros and cons?

Or if you only have experience with one but chose it over the other, what persuaded you to go with the one you got - and what do you think of your choice now?

Thanks, gang!

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Old 02-09-2020, 02:50 PM
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I haven't used both, but I do use the MKA-51 with my Ulterra on a 621. No complaints whatsoever.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:17 AM
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Get the side release plate. Waaaay easier to remove the motor if you have a problem. This is experience speaking as I bounced around on Green Bay this summer taking my Ulterra apart instead of just separating the 2 halves of the mount. It is the first and last time I will use the front to back sliding plate. The cheaper mount came with the boat And of course the only time in 40 years of boat ownership I needed to remove a Minn Kota while on the water. Murphy bit me in the A$$. ..
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:39 AM
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This varies slightly from your question, but another option is the mka-32. This is an option if you don't need a mount that slides aft for loading or cover clearance. Like the mka-51, it is alloy, not a composite. The motor tips in from the side to mount so that you could easily detach the motor in the event that it would not stow. It has a pad lockable cam lock that is rock solid. It's 80 to 90 dollars less than the mka-51.

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Old 02-10-2020, 12:27 PM
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I’ve owned both, currently the 51 and had the 16-03 on my last two boats. Not sure I have a preference. It’s easy to remove the TM in either case. Maybe I would lean towards the 51 as I know I scratched the my old boat with the metal bracket of the 16-03 as I slid it back to remove. Even with that, if it wasn’t for a slight raised lip of that particular boat it really wasn’t an issue if you were a little careful.
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Old 02-10-2020, 12:30 PM
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The 51 also has a cover for the bracket when the TM is removed. Just one more nice feature if you happen to need it.
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Old 02-10-2020, 05:35 PM
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I have the 51 on my 621 as well. No complaints but haven’t tried the other one.
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Old 02-10-2020, 06:18 PM
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Get the side release plate. Waaaay easier to remove the motor if you have a problem. This is experience speaking as I bounced around on Green Bay this summer taking my Ulterra apart instead of just separating the 2 halves of the mount. It is the first and last time I will use the front to back sliding plate. The cheaper mount came with the boat And of course the only time in 40 years of boat ownership I needed to remove a Minn Kota while on the water. Murphy bit me in the A$$. ..
Peter (or anyone)- Do you know if the MKA-51 (6" slider)) also has the ability for vertical removal in case of issue you reference above?

Thank You
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Old 02-11-2020, 05:54 AM
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Peter (or anyone)- Do you know if the MKA-51 (6" slider)) also has the ability for vertical removal in case of issue you reference above?

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I have an MK 51 and you can lift the motor off the mount vertically.

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Old 02-11-2020, 11:10 AM
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I have an MK 51 and you can lift the motor off the mount vertically.

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