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    Anyone have any idea what length shaft I need for a bow mount electric trolling motor on my 1985 17 foot mako?

    The boat in not going to see the water until the spring so I can't

    measure the waterline.
    Mako 17[br]Parker 25[br]

  • #2
    Call these guys -- I think they have a lookup table for most boats.

    https://www.trollingmotors.net/

    And if in doubt, get longer.
    NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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    • #3
      Call these guys -- I think they have a lookup table for most boats.

      https://www.trollingmotors.net/

      And if in doubt, get longer.
      NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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      • #4
        Thanks for the link, I'll give them a call
        quote:


        Originally posted by gmcauliffe


        Call these guys -- I think they have a lookup table for most boats.


        https://www.trollingmotors.net/

        And if in doubt, get longer.


        Mako 17[br]Parker 25[br]

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        • #5
          Thanks for the link, I'll give them a call
          quote:


          Originally posted by gmcauliffe


          Call these guys -- I think they have a lookup table for most boats.


          https://www.trollingmotors.net/

          And if in doubt, get longer.


          Mako 17[br]Parker 25[br]

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          • #6
            Im interested as well if you find out.

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            • #7
              My previous boat was a 1984 Mako 171 (Angler model) and I had a Minn Kota Riptide 55lb/12V trolling motor on the bow. It was the tiller style and had a 42" shaft. It worked fine but a 48- 52" shaft would have been better. When I first bought the boat I installed a Motorguide Great White 72lb/24V trolling motor with a 48" shaft. It worked great and the extra thrust was definitely a big plus but since space was somewhat limited on the boat I downsized to the Minn Kota so I could get away with just using a single deep cycle battery. There were times when 55lbs of thrust seemed somewhat inadequate but it still got the job done. I have a 2000 Mako 191 now with a Motorguide Xi5 80lb/24V trolling motor on the bow. I considered a 52" shaft but ended up going with the 60" since I wanted to make sure I could still use the anchor feature in a choppy sea state- works well so far.
              1994 Mako 221B

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Hoop


                My previous boat was a 1984 Mako 171 (Angler model) and I had a Minn Kota Riptide 55lb/12V trolling motor on the bow. It was the tiller style and had a 42" shaft. It worked fine but a 48- 52" shaft would have been better. When I first bought the boat I installed a Motorguide Great White 72lb/24V trolling motor with a 48" shaft. It worked great and the extra thrust was definitely a big plus but since space was somewhat limited on the boat I downsized to the Minn Kota so I could get away with just using a single deep cycle battery. There were times when 55lbs of thrust seemed somewhat inadequate but it still got the job done. I have a 2000 Mako 191 now with a Motorguide Xi5 80lb/24V trolling motor on the bow. I considered a 52" shaft but ended up going with the 60" since I wanted to make sure I could still use the anchor feature in a choppy sea state- works well so far.



                Hey Hoop, how did you get battery cables from the console up to the bow in your 191 for the trolling motor? I'm looking to put an Xi5 on mine as well...

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