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Old 08-06-2020, 09:12 AM
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Question Running Kicker, but steering with bow-mount

Question about this: Is your trolling motor powering the prop or is it simply using it's keel and water resistance to passively steer the boat?
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Old 08-06-2020, 09:57 AM
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You have to have the trolling motor Prop on some. Say 25 to 35 percent. Depending on if you are dealing with side wind. The other reason if you have gps trolling motor. You can use heading lock to keep the boat on the right course. You do not have to adjust the trolling motor as much that way.
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:10 AM
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All I can tell you is my boat wants to "snake" when running both. Back and forth, back and forth. I tried adjusting mounting but no good.
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:32 AM
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Use bowmount on 3-4.5 power & Legacy Autopilot (Minnkota)

Adjust kicker RPM for proper speed (can be fine tuned with bowmount, but try to keep power in that 3-4.5 range for battery life)

Adjust the angle of your kicker so boat tracks straight without the bowmount, otherwise the bowmount is constantly fighting the kicker.

Zander Man- If you are running bowmount in the "standard" Autopilot mode (or whatever they call it), make sure you switch it to Legacy Mode.
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Old 08-06-2020, 10:35 AM
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Kicker for thrust, terrova for final adjustments and steering.
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Zander Man- If you are running bowmount in the "standard" Autopilot mode (or whatever they call it), make sure you switch it to Legacy Mode.
How is performance affected by one or the other?
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All I can tell you is my boat wants to "snake" when running both. Back and forth, back and forth. I tried adjusting mounting but no good.
I've seen some where guys have extended the skeg on there trolling motor, presumably to make it track better
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Old 08-06-2020, 11:16 AM
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If you do allot of trolling. I picked up a garmin reactor kicker autopilot this year. Replaced my tr1 gold. Been happy with it so far. Only one trip salmon fishing with it. No messing with the electric motor. I sometimes stay places that I do not have power to plug battery charger in. Nice to not use the electric motor battery’s For trolling because of that.
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I've seen some where guys have extended the skeg on there trolling motor, presumably to make it track better
Be careful with this skeg extenders. I used the uncle norms wing and was out in 4-6 footers( not by design) the force of the water against the wing was so great that the motor had a difficult time over coming it. Ultimately I broke a bunch of teeth in my gear box. I know this is not normal conditions but sometimes you get caught out in the rough stuff.
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Kicker for thrust, terrova for final adjustments and steering.
Yup, mine tracks straight with both on but with the big motor it tracks worth a h**l.

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