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Convert clamp-on troller to Folding bow-mount?

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DownSouthGaBoy
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Quick topic for discussion...

Has anyone ever seen a homemade folding bracket for a trolling motor to convert a clamp on style to a bow mount? I googled it but it only comes up with how to mount them. I've already got a clamp on troller, but like the convenience of the ones that fold up on the deck. I know Motorguide makes their Gator Mounts, but have better things to drop a few hundred bucks on (like carpet, paint, etc...).

If anyone knows of anything let me know. I am going to plan something out and if anyone has any suggestions or ideas, I would appreciate the help. I'll make sure to take plenty of photos on the way.
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I have never seen a homemade folding mount; I would think it would be pretty difficult to build and keep working. I found mine on Crqaigslist for $20.

Here is one like mine:
Bow Mount for motor

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a member here posted his a long time ago will try and find it for you

If memory serves me right it was BassnBob
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Stopped here for a look and never left.......................
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Thanks for the info, it does help alot. I'll probably use some of his idea and see if I can modify it a little to make it a bit more... err... aesthetically pleasing.

Again, when I'm in construction phase, I'll keep it posted. If anyone has anymore ideas or photos let me know...
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I believe a trolling motor is the most important piece of equipment on the boat if you bass fish.
I have a 65# Minn Kota Maxxum 24v foot control on my 15' boat. I can fish and control the boat in high winds or jump from spot to spot quickly.
That homemade mount that BassnBob made is nice but its not comprable to a real bow mount that all you have to do is grab a rope and flip the trolling motor out and then steer with your foot.
Check craigslist and the classifieds section in your local bass fishing websites for a used one.

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That is a pretty sweet homebrew mount I must say...

Going to post an image here for posterity so the link and images are on th same page.

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I made one for my buddys tri hull useing some 2x4's and some hinges, It was cheap and functional. I will try and get some pictures of it for you. The only issue is you must get and extension handle to use it.
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I simply used a 3" x 4" piece of aluminum angle I bought at Metal Supermarket. Cost me $3 and really seams solid.
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You gotta stand up lean over to steer?

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Froggy wrote:You gotta stand up lean over to steer?

You can get a handle extender or make one out of pvc....

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Ok here's my solution to the problem. I do like the simple fixes everyone else had, however, I do not like the extra bulk of the clamp on attatchment, so I eliminated it.

Here is what I did (brief explanation in captions)
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This is what the whole thing looks like mocked up.
This is what the whole thing looks like mocked up.
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First I removed the pin that holds the clamp to the shaft...
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Remove this pin...
Remove this pin...
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Just use a hammer and a punch.
Just use a hammer and a punch.
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Removed...
Removed...
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Next I had to remove the spring loaded piece for clearance...
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This is the pin to remove here...
This is the pin to remove here...
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I just used a hammer and a nail to remove this pin, mine only went one way because one end was knurled and prevented it from coming out the other way.
I just used a hammer and a nail to remove this pin, mine only went one way because one end was knurled and prevented it from coming out the other way.
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This is the final product.
This is the final product.
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Next I made the folding arm and the mounting bracket.

I didn't get into any specifics with mesurement on the arm, I kinda used trial and error. I found the arm should be half the length of the distance from the top of the sliding (top) bracket (with the motor in the folded position) to the top of the pivot (bottom) bracket with the motor in the deployed position.

But first came the mounting bracket.
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This is a piece of angle aluminum I used for the pivot bracket, I matched the length to the width of the flat at the front of the bow on my hull. I cut it at an angle because the motor is going to sit at an angle. You will need two of these, one for each side.
This is a piece of angle aluminum I used for the pivot bracket, I matched the length to the width of the flat at the front of the bow on my hull. I cut it at an angle because the motor is going to sit at an angle. You will need two of these, one for each side.
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I drilled holes for the pivot point in each piece.
I drilled holes for the pivot point in each piece.
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I did not photograph the arm itself but here is a drawing .  It is a U shaped piece of aluminum.  I drilled parallel holes at both ends for pivots (top drawing) and then cut out about 1" from the bottom of the channel to give swing clearance (bottom drawing).
I did not photograph the arm itself but here is a drawing . It is a U shaped piece of aluminum. I drilled parallel holes at both ends for pivots (top drawing) and then cut out about 1" from the bottom of the channel to give swing clearance (bottom drawing).
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Deployed position.
Deployed position.
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Close up in deployed position. If you notice, I attatched the folding arm to the top clamp on the troller. There was a key type clamp bolt through it that i removed and put a bolt through.  I put about three washers between the split part of the clamp so it doesn't tighten up, this allows me to still turn the troller, and allows the bracket to slide up and down.
Close up in deployed position. If you notice, I attatched the folding arm to the top clamp on the troller. There was a key type clamp bolt through it that i removed and put a bolt through. I put about three washers between the split part of the clamp so it doesn't tighten up, this allows me to still turn the troller, and allows the bracket to slide up and down.
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Folded position. No holes drilled for arm to be bolted to bracket yet.
Folded position. No holes drilled for arm to be bolted to bracket yet.
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