Some Tips For Mounting Trolling Motor With Bow Rails 

mounting trolling motor with bow rails
mounting trolling motor with bow rails

The mounting instructions can vary depending upon the size of your boat and the strength of the trolling motor. So, you can’t use one procedure to fix all the units on your boat. Try to follow through with the instructions mentioned in the owner’s manual to find the perfect orientation for your boat. Otherwise, you will be struggling to get the desired performance from your boat. With that said, quite a few users have asked about mounting a trolling motor with bow rails. If you’re also interested in this situation, then the following details might help you get through the process.

Mounting Trolling Motor with Bow Rails 

While it can be a bit complicated to get a trolling motor with bow rails installed on your boat, there are a few things that you can do to get the performance from your unit. It might take extra effort. But, if you manage the process perfectly, it will be quite easy to maintain the pace of your boat. So, let’s cover how you can go about mounting a trolling motor with bow rails.

  1. To start the process, you will have to keep the trolling motor in the operating position ahead of your bow to mark the mourning regions. Make sure to adjust the angle and the orientation of the motor to avoid issues in the process.
  2. Now, you will need to fix the mourning pad on the metal plate that will support the weight of the trolling motor.  After that, you can rely on the quick-release pad to get a rough estimate of the movement of your trolling motor.
  3. Once you have a rough idea of the movement, you can remove a piece of the bow rail that is intriguing with the motor. It will only be a few inches and won’t impact the overall outlook of your bow rails.
  4. At this stage, you can use a metal sleeve over the gap in your bow rails for quick-release rings. Make sure that the sleeve is wide enough to be displaced during the deployment of the trolling motor. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to engage the system.
  5. Lastly, you just have to install the motor on the mourning pad ahead of your bow. Make sure to check the positioning of the propeller and the movement of the motor. After you’re sure about the positioning of the motor, fix all screws and test out the motor.

All in all, these were a few steps that you need to follow if you’re struggling to mount a trolling motor with bow rails. The only thing you need to be careful about is creating the gap for the motor shaft. Picking the perfect sleeve for the bow rails is also important. Other than that, the mounting process is fairly simple.

If you’re confused about the gap and the proper orientation of the motor, then make sure to involve an expert in the installation process. Otherwise, you’ll struggle to manage the consistency of performance. Then, the trolling motor will look out of place on your bow rails. So, make sure to reach out to local anglers if you can’t seem to fit the motor on your unit.

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