How to Install a Motorguide Trolling Motor

How to Install a Motorguide Trolling Motor
A trolling motor is an electric propulsion unit for fishing boats that is powered by a batteries. Trolling motors are not designed to be your boat's main source of power, rather they are installed as a supplement to your regular gasoline engine. A trolling motor can be quite useful while fishing to allow you to move quietly and easily into position, whereas a noisy gasoline engine may scare the fish away. Motorguide has been making trolling motors for fishing boats since the late 1960's. Within an hour or two you can have one installed on your boat.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pencil Electric drill ¼" Drill bit Adjustable wrench
  • Pencil
  • Electric drill
  • ¼" Drill bit
  • Adjustable wrench
Step 1
Choose a spot on the deck of your boat for mounting the trolling motor that will not interfere with anything while it is in use or when it is in the stowed position.
Step 2
Use the trolling motor mounting base as a guide and place it flat on the deck where you want to mount the motor. Mark the four mounting holes in the base with a pencil onto the deck of the boat. Remove the mounting base and set it aside.
Step 3
Mount a ¼" drill bit into an electric drill and drill through the boat deck on the pencil marks. Clean any sawdust or dirt off of the deck where the mounting base will be mounted.
Step 4
Place the mounting base onto the deck. Line up the mounting holes with the holes you drilled into the deck. Place the four mounting bolts through the holes in the mounting base and through the deck. Place washers and nuts onto the threaded end of the bolts on the underside of the deck and tighten with an adjustable wrench in a clockwise direction.
Step 5
Lift and place the trolling motor assembly onto the mounting plate. Line up the shaft in the motor with the mounting hole at the rear of the mounting plate. Tighten the clamp handle on the mounting plate in a clockwise direction when the motor has fully seated on the base.
Step 6
Connect your trolling motor to your boat's battery by loosening the thumb nuts on the battery terminals in a count clockwise direction. Place the red cable from your motor onto the positive battery terminal and the black cable onto the negative battery terminal tighten the thumb nuts in a clockwise direction.

Tips & Warnings

 
Some smaller Motorguide trolling motors attach to the rear transom of your boat with a built in clamp. Lift the trolling motor into position so that the clamp at the rear of the motor rests on the boat transom. Tighten the clamp thumb wheel by hand in a clockwise direction. Motorguide trolling motors should come will all installation hardware, such as nuts and bolts. If you need to purchase fasteners for mounting your motor, use only stainless steel fasteners so that they do not rust.
 
Some smaller Motorguide trolling motors attach to the rear transom of your boat with a built in clamp. Lift the trolling motor into position so that the clamp at the rear of the motor rests on the boat transom. Tighten the clamp thumb wheel by hand in a clockwise direction.
 
Motorguide trolling motors should come will all installation hardware, such as nuts and bolts. If you need to purchase fasteners for mounting your motor, use only stainless steel fasteners so that they do not rust.

Article Written By Thomas West

Thomas West has been writing professionally since 2002. He earned his M.A. in English at Syracuse University, where he is also pursuing his Ph.D.

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