Chapter 7: Comparison & Contrast of Trolling Motor Mounting Options

Chapter 7: Comparison & Contrast of Trolling Motor Mounting Options


10.1) Comparison between different mounting options

In order to decide which trolling motor is best for your boat you must take different factors under consideration such as the mount location, thrust required, shaft length the size of your boat. Here we will describe which mounting location is best for you based on other characteristics of your boat. There are three locations on your boat where you can mount the trolling motor transom, engine and bow. All these mounting options have some pros and cons.

            You can choose transom mount trolling motor when you need an efficient trolling motor with necessary features at affordable prices. Transom trolling motor provides control of the boat from back. Transom trolling motors are usually used with smaller boats and when the person wants to cover a short distance. They are more affordable than Bow Mount.

Why to opt a bow mount position? If your boat has a flat bow, then a trolling motor on the bow is a preferable installation position. They usually provide hands-free operations and high-end trolling motors even offer autopilot functions or wireless control.  They are the most popular mounts used for medium and larger boats. They provide better control than transom because they pull the boat as opposed to pushing it from behind which transom cannot do. If maneuverability and simplicity is everything you need than Bow is the best option. It provides more features but is relatively expensive than transom.

Engine mount trolling motors present great space-saving reimbursements but are also a bit more confusing than traditional bow mount motors. While buying Engine trolling motors make sure they are compatible with your boat.  

                        You need to mount trolling motor at the location where it must stand firmly and must not interfere the working of engine at all. A good mount stays solid in both the deployed state as well as when it is withdrawn. Mount options also present the difficulty of locking and removing trolling machines. The motors which are mounted using clams are easy to remove than the ones fastened with the bolts. While crossing rocks and stumps the mounted trolling machine gets high chance of damage so the mounting position must be flexible enough to avoid maximum damage.

 10.2) Bow mounts operation

            The following two precautions are necessary while operating and fixing the trolling machines;

1)    Do not rotate the propellers outside the water as it can cause serious injuries.

2)     Installation and removal of trolling machine must be done carefully on the land in order to avoid isolator sleeve from dropping into the water.


10.2.1) installing/removing the trolling motor from the mount


1. Turn the bracket door knob towards left to release and open the bracket door.

 2. Position the motor column into the bracket and lock the door.

 3. Turn the bracket door knob to the right to tighten the motor column.



1. Turn the bracket door knob to the left to release and open the bracket door.

 2. Remove the motor column from the bracket and lock the door.


10.2.2) Raising and Lowering the Trolling Motors

            Raising the motors

  1. Use mount rope handle to lift the motor up but do not let its weight in downward direction.
  2. Keep pulling the rope until the motor mounts to appropriate height into the stow position.
  3. Pressurize by pushing down on the top housing and shaft to lock the motor into the stow arrangement.

Raising the motors                                        

  1. Use mount rope handle to lift the motor up.
  2. Carefully lower the motor into the water.









10.2.3) Adjusting the Motor Depth

            Hand operated motors

            Untie the depth adjustment collar so the motor column will move freely up and down. Raise or lower the motor column until the propeller blades are sinking 15–30 cm (6–12 in.) below the water surface and then tighten the collar.

            Foot operated motors

             Untie the bracket door handle so the column moves freely up and downward. Raise or lower the motor column until the propeller blades are sunken 15–30 cm (6–12 in.) under the water surface and tense the door.

This wonderful guide must be considered by those who aim to buy their own trolling motors!