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Trolling motor/Minn Kota Mount for smaller sailboat

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I just purchased a Minn Kota 40 for my Vagabond 14. Any suggestions on how to mount it to the transom? I have seen a few mounts that pretty much looked like someone glued some plywood to the back on the boat. 

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3 hours ago, Bird said:

That's a cool contraption but the boat needs an aft deck and it needs to be pretty strong.

I would pretty much glue some plywood to the back of the boat, possibly using a screw or bolt or two for emphasis.

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I use a trolling motor in a motor well, besides the 1/8" fiberglass, there's a 1x2x3/4 piece of wood attached to which the screw attachment binds up against.. you really don't need anything more than that unless the stern is really flexible..   I have a MK C30 which pushes a 2000# boat, in heavier winds it's pointless to use it..

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On 12/03/2018 at 7:57 PM, Uncooperative Tom said:

That's a cool contraption but the boat needs an aft deck and it needs to be pretty strong.......

If you look in the related products section, they do a transom mount version as well which might help?

http://www.marineproducts.net/transom-mount-trolling-motor-bracket/

or something like this:

https://www.jpwmarine.com.au/products/outboard-accessories/outboard-brackets-accessories/outboard-motor-bracket-s-s-low-horizontal-mount.aspx

or this:

https://www.jpwmarine.com.au/products/outboard-accessories/outboard-brackets-accessories/outboard-motor-bracket-s-s-7-5hp.aspx

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Tim Lackey is doing something interesting with a 14' Handy Cat he has and an electric trolling motor - might be of interest. See http://www.lackeysailing.com under the "Project Logs" section.

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I have a Minn Kota trolling motor on my Tanzer 22, kept happy with a 15A solar panel. I just put it on the existing mount for an outboard, which goes up and down. Only problems I encounter is the obvious one that it has limited power hence cannot get my boat backwards out of the slip in the wind is blowing directly into the slip, even with the motor turned around 180 so the thrust is "forward". But the other problem is that one needs to be careful as one raises sails, because the power of the sails if they start drawing is enough to rip the motor off the mount if you don't quickly get it out of the water.

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