Boats I need help on installing a Minn Kota motor on PT boat

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I have a Classic Accessories Wilderness SE inflatable 9' pontoon boat. I also have a Minn Kota Endura 38 lb thrust electric motor that does NOT fit on the rear motor mount (motor would be directly behind the seat, which makes it VERY difficult to steer). C/A recommends between 30 40 lbs of thrust for a motor.

Does anybody have this boat with an existing motor installed and/or have any suggestions for a different brand of motor? Or any ideas on how to mount it on this boat?

TIA... Spokane-Dude
 
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IveofIone

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Glad to hear that you have it figured out. The motor you have is actually too big for your boat, the shaft is too long, it has more power than it needs and of course needs more battery. Minn Kota specifications state that the 30# thrust with the 30 inch shaft is designed for boats up to 1500# and 14' in length. Your motor should be adequate for a 2,000# boat.

Some other info-the head on your motor can actually be turned around 180 degrees if the situation demands or makes it easier. The 5 speeds forward and 3 speeds in reverse can be changed over to infinite speeds in both directions with the help of a simple PWM device that cost less than $25. This puts forward/reverse and speed control at your fingertips wherever you want it instead of reaching around to steer or change speeds behind you. The big advantage of this in addition to not having to move around in the seat is that you can set the motor in the straight ahead position and steer with either the oars or fins.

Finally, the addition of the PWM control will double the charge life of your battery making it possible to fish with a 23# AGM battery all day. These little batteries of only 35AH seem to be tailor made for pontoons or small prams.
 
Glad to hear that you have it figured out. The motor you have is actually too big for your boat, the shaft is too long, it has more power than it needs and of course needs more battery. Minn Kota specifications state that the 30# thrust with the 30 inch shaft is designed for boats up to 1500# and 14' in length. Your motor should be adequate for a 2,000# boat.

Some other info-the head on your motor can actually be turned around 180 degrees if the situation demands or makes it easier. The 5 speeds forward and 3 speeds in reverse can be changed over to infinite speeds in both directions with the help of a simple PWM device that cost less than $25. This puts forward/reverse and speed control at your fingertips wherever you want it instead of reaching around to steer or change speeds behind you. The big advantage of this in addition to not having to move around in the seat is that you can set the motor in the straight ahead position and steer with either the oars or fins.

Finally, the addition of the PWM control will double the charge life of your battery making it possible to fish with a 23# AGM battery all day. These little batteries of only 35AH seem to be tailor made for pontoons or small prams.
Sorry, but what is a PWM?
 

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