Motor Mount For Kayak Electric Trolling Motor, By Gary Thorberg, Minnesota

Here is how Gary mounted an electric trolling motor on his W500 fishing kayak: Clamp-on motor mount - Quick and easy. Gary chose to make this motor mount from Oak wood.Electric trolling motor mounted on the W500 kayak. The motor is mounted on one side of the kayak, and the battery is placed at the bottom of the opposite hull. This balances the kayak without reducing its stability. Electric trolling motor setup - General view: With this propeller shaft length, Gary can troll both seated and standing up. Since the W500 kayak is totally symmetrical frond and end, Gary can troll with the motor either in the front, or in the back.

Here is how Gary mounted an electric trolling motor on his W500 fishing kayak:

1. Clamp-on motor mount – Quick and easy. Gary chose to make this motor mount from Oak wood. The vertical part, to which the motor is attached, is hinged, in order to prevent accidents in case the motor bumps into an underwater obstacle.

clamp mounted motor mount for kayak electric trolling motor

 

2. Electric trolling motor mounted on the W500 kayak. The motor is mounted on one side of the kayak, and the battery is placed at the bottom of the opposite hull. This balances the kayak without reducing its stability.

balancing weight of battery and trolling motor in kayak

3. Detail: Motor mount clamp: All metal components are inexpensive, off-the-shelf products found in any hardware store.

clamps fro attaching trolling motor mount to kayak

4. Electric trolling motor setup – General view:  With this propeller shaft length, Gary can troll both seated and standing up. Since the W500 kayak is totally symmetrical frond and end, Gary can troll with the motor either in the front, or in the back.

fishing kayak electric trolling motor setup

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2 Comments

  1. CJ

    Great project! – Quick, easy, inexpensive and practical.
    Good job!

  2. Boyd Smith

    Hi Gary,
    I tried a side mount for my trolling motor but was disappointed with the steering.
    Any recommendations?

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