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  • TROLLING MOTOR ON MAKO 224

    FISHING OUT OF AND INSIDE OF ST LUCIE INLET IS EXCELLENT. I WAS OFFSHORE IN A 23' PARKER BAY BOAT IN 3-5 BOTTOM FISHING IN 80 FT OF WATER. CAPTAIN USED TROLLING MOTOR TO STAY ON STATION/ANCHOR ON STRUCTURE.. NOT HAVING TO DEPLOY AND RECOVER THE ANCHOR TO FISH SEVERAL SPOTS WAS SPECTACULAR. SAME GOES FOR THE INSHORE BITE... HOLDING POSITION WITHOUT ANCHORING AT BRIDGES, DOCKS ETC. WAS EXTREMELY PRODUCTIVE. GETS ME WONDERING. DOES IT PASS THE SANITY CHECK. THE TROLLING MOTOR USED HAD ITS OWN GPS CAPABILITY ALLOWING IT TO STAY ON STATION AND WAS CONTROLLED BY A DEVICE WORN AROUND THE NECK......DOES THIS PASS FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT AND COST BENEFIT.. ETC ETC...SHAFT GOES TO 72"....THIS ISSUE TO ME BREAKS DOWN TO: NUMBER AND LOCATION OF BATTERIES (CONVERTING ANCHOR LOCKER IN BOW), ADEQUATE THRUST, LENGTH OF SHAFT, BACKING PLATE, COST..... THOUGHTS ?
    EXPLRGAB 224/221[br]PORT ST LUCIE, FL

  • #2
    WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING!!!!!!!! [][}][]

    Seriously though, it would need to be a serious electric motor with a really long shaft. I'm sure they are out there and I'm sure it would be a great way to hold over structure when the current isn't too bad. The places I fish I don't know if an electric would have enough thrust.

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    • #3
      I think Minn Kota is the brand with spot lock. They got very good reviews.
      seaford ny. 1973 17 mako. 1983 21 mako

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      • #4
        I AM NOT SHOUTING...EASIER TO READ IN THE Early morning.... YOU KNOW WE WERE OUT IN 3-5 FT SEAS A BIT SPORTY TO BE SURE AND IT WAS INCREDULOUS THAT THE TROLLING MOTOR WAS HOLDING POSITION ..... MINN KOTA ANC MOTORGUIDE HAVE OFFERINGS WITH APPROPRIATE THRUST....STARTING AT $2500.00......THE ISSUE FOR ME ........ THAT IS A 36 VOLT SYSTEM.....AKA....THREE BATTERIES....THE UTILITY OF THE TROLLING MOTOR FOR INSHORE AND OFFSHORE IS A GAME CHANGER...... JUST DO NOT KNOW IF THE BOW IS TOO HIGH , WHERE TO PUT BATTERIES, AND WHETHER IT PASSES SANITY CHECK FOR COST..... SORRY JUST THINKING OUT LOUD.
        EXPLRGAB 224/221[br]PORT ST LUCIE, FL

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        • #5
          Just hit the Minn Kota site. They do have one with a 72 inch shaft. That would be what you'd want. Over a $3,000 investment by the time you are done with the install. It would be pretty sweet. The batteries would need to be under the console. If you were to do it I would suggest running a conduit for wiring from under the console to the bow locker. Then I would suggest creating a port in the floor of the inside of the console and filling the entire void you will find underneath with 4 pound density foam to give the floor of the console additional support for the weight of the batteries you will need. You'd probably want to beef up the glass in the floor of the console wrapping up the sides about 10 inches for some additional strength. I have two batteries under my console and have some gel coat cracking from the weight of just two so with a 3rd and likely bigger batteries than I have I think some additional support would be needed.

          https://minnkotamotors.johnsonoutdoo...terra?id=13551

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          • #6
            A lot of boats and guides around here are going this route but most of them are using 22-26' "bay" boats which are a hybrid with a lower bow and they work fantastic. Our Makos have a higher bow so it can be done but if rougher seas you run the risk of the motor coming out of the water.
            1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
            1985 Mako 20c - sold
            Fort Walton Beach, FL
            http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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            • #7
              I have a friend who just put the minnkota ulterra on his 23 parker. That has the spot lock and you can hook it up to a hummingbird gps. Its pretty sweet, i hope to put one on in the future but they are pricey
              1991 221 w/ 225 yamaha[br]Margate NJ[br]221 Fuel tank/rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58899

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              • #8
                https://www.thehulltruth.com/boating...-224-pics.html
                \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
                \'82 224 - Mobile, AL Gone but NEVER Forgotten - https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...indshield-tank

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                • #9
                  Mako224, Sailor, huntmor, ChuckB........ ROGER THAT.......I HAVE SEEN THE MINN KOTA $ 3,000 WOULD BE A GOOD WORKING PREMISE. THE UTILITY OF THE TROLLING MOTOR IS SPECTACULAR. HUNT-MOR, IS THE 23 PARKER A BAY MODEL OR LIKE A 23 MAKO?? SAILOR.... HERE IN STUART/PORT ST LUCIE BAY BOATS AND GUIDES ARE ALL OVER GPS CAPABLE TROLLING MOTORS. OF COURSE IN FLA ITS 12 MONTHS OF FISHING SO THE UTILITY IS NONSTOP. OFFSHORE THEY USE IT FOR BOTTOM FISHING MULTIPLE PIECES IN 80 TO 130 FEET AND DEEPER.... THE DAY I WENT OUT WITH A GUIDE TO ORIENT ME TO THIS AREA IT WAS 3- 5 AND THE ANCHOR LOCK WAS FANTASTIC... I WAS AMAZED....WE WERE ON A 23 FT PARKER BAY BOAT AND THE TROLLING MOTOR HAD A LONG SHAFT. INSHORE YOU CAN EASILY NAVIGATE BETWEEN DOCKS AND ONCE THERE HOLD POSITION TO PITCH LIVE PILCHARDS TO SNOOK... CHUCK.... THANK YOU FOR THE HULL TRUTH LINK GOOD INFO THERE. I THINK THE ISSUE FOR ME IS NOT THE 3K BUT WHERE TO PUT 36 VOLTS..AND WHAT KIND OF HOOPS TO JUMP THROUGH. DO THEY MAKE A 36 VOLT BATTERY AS A SINGLE UNIT.... HAHA. HAVE CONSIDERED CONVERTING THE ANCHOR LOCKER. IF ALL THIS COULD BE SOLVED FOR $3,000, AND BE HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS I WOULD BE HARD PRESSED NOT TO DO IT. APPRECIATE YOUR INTEREST AND INPUT. MORE TO FOLLOW
                  EXPLRGAB 224/221[br]PORT ST LUCIE, FL

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                  • #10
                    I reached out to Kittrell87 and spoke with him about the set-up now that he has had it for a couple of years. Loves the motor and was a game changer for him. He is now on a 31 prowler and is doing the same set up on that boat.

                    I would love to have that available and think it can be done easy. There is also plenty of space in front of the fish box that a compartment can be made to house 3 batteries. That would also help offset the weight of my 4-stroke. Many options.
                    [br]1984 Mako 224[br]1977 Mako 15[br]Clermont, Florida- [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=37212 -Rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=40627 -Tank/Misc[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58615 - Aft Box removal

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                    • #11
                      I have seen guys run 3(more) batteries under the console and have a pigtail that runs to the bow. You could even put a starboad cover with hinge and now makes it a little storage area over the batteries. A trolling motor on a 224 is no problem at all, the thrust is based on weight, and a 72" shaft is perfect for it. That is my next install for my boat this summer, as Kittrell said before, it is a game changer!
                      Dustin[br]1985 Mako 224 w/ E-tec 250hp [br]St. Pete, FL[br]

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                      • #12
                        Hello

                        I've seen many youtube vids on boats using trolling motors on anchor mode. I'm considering adding to my 232, great idea holding in channels and thruways. You can even reposition boat with the chart plotter functionality. Good luck keep us posted on your progress. Jeff
                        Thanks, Mr. Happy
                        Home waters - LBI NJ
                        1997 Mako 232

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                        • #13
                          MASTER REPAIR IN STUART IS SAYING ALL TOLD I AM LOOKING AR 6K FOR TROLLING MOTOR, DC CONVERTER, BATTERIES X 3 36VOLT, ACCESSORIES, ETC THE WHOLE ENCHILADA. I AM SURE THE FUNCTIONALITY, EASE OF USE, AND FISHING PRODUCTIVITY WOULD BE A GAME CHANGER. I HAVE TO CONSIDER ALL THIS CAREFULLY..... OR TAKE IT ON MYSELF. I HAVE DONE QUITE A BIT MYSELF, GOOD LORD ... RECORE AND PAINT CONSOLE...NEW GAS TANK, RECORE COFFIN, REWIRE, ETC ETC JUST DO NOT KNOW IF I WANT TO BE ALL IN ON A PROJECT LIKE THAT..... IN TERMS OF TIME AND ENERGY.
                          EXPLRGAB 224/221[br]PORT ST LUCIE, FL

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                          • #14
                            Its a full cabin parker, big 23fter
                            1991 221 w/ 225 yamaha[br]Margate NJ[br]221 Fuel tank/rewire[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=58899

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                            • #15
                              I have a 1989 211. I put a minn kota Riptide with a 60". I cut out the cooler in the front seat and put the 3 batteries for the motor (36volt and the single starting battery. AGM group 27 size. Its perfect. Boat actually rides better. The trolling motor is a total game changer. I'm a structure fisherman. Total game changer. Total cost with me doing install $3,376.00. I would be happy to give details.

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