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Old 03-31-2020, 08:02 PM
Lakelife370 Lakelife370 is offline
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Default Terrova Positioning On Bow - How Much Off Center Is Too Much?

I'm swapping the cable steer Minn Kota Maxxum in favor of a Terrova. I know Minn Kota advises to have the motor in-line with the center of the boat, but if it's off center by 8-10 inches or so what are the ill effects of doing so?

I've got a 2003 200C (620 hull, center console layout) and the boat has no bow rise. Launching at a steep or above avg steepness ramp I've found the nose wants to come down on the front roller. If I place the motor just off center it's really hanging off the bow and I'd likely have to slide it back most of the time launching. I plan on installing on a removable bracket, but having to adjust the motor almost everytime I launch doesn't seem all that attractive. If I push the motor out a little I can clear the winch and roller, but its offset 8"-10" or so off center.

Researching the removable bracket options, came across a Skeeter bracket that appears to come standard on their boats now and other folks have used them on non-skeeter boats. Any chance someone has some experience with these because they appear to work pretty slick?
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Old 04-01-2020, 07:53 AM
REW REW is offline
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Lakelife,

If you want to hang the motor on the side of the boat , it will pull or push your boat. Maybe not as efficiently as if mounted on the center bow but it would still work.

I expect that most bow mounted trolling motors are mounted off the nose of the bow by inches to a foot or more and all seem to get along just fine.

If you use the Minnkota or the Skeeter - trolling mount slider bracket, it is no big deal to use it each time you launch and load the boat. Pull a pin, move it, slide the pin back in or some variation thereof.

Also, by having the motor slid back, it is much easier to have a nice fitting road cover, if you want to trail with the motor still on the bow and the boat covered.

Best wishes.
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Old 04-01-2020, 01:22 PM
LuvMyLabs LuvMyLabs is online now
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I have the Skeeter - trolling mount slider bracket on my boat, it's a great mount!
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