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    Recessed Trolling Motor Tray Install ?
from Mvw (64.2.225.48)  
3/26/2001 12:00:00 PM

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 I am thinking of installing a aftermarket recessed tray. Anyone installed one of the aftermarket trolling motor recessed trays? Was it an easy install? Does it weaken your deck?


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   I have from bigL  3/26/2001 1:11:00 PM
 It was not real easy because my Basscat had a flotation box under the deck and I had to cut into it also. I also re-glassed the box in after making room for the recessed tray. On the bright side, if you have clear sailing under you deck, it is very easy.


   Mvw got a qestion from John in Tennessee  3/26/2001 2:24:00 PM
 What did you do about the drain? Poke a hose through the floatation?


   Mvw from FishingCareer.com  3/26/2001 2:42:00 PM
 As for weakening the deck I feel it does not and on some boats the Flat Foot or the ProTray will strengthen the deck.

You should glass around or re-seal any floatation foam that is removed. The foam can be sealed in many ways from using fiber glass resin, caulking to even latex paint. Drain hose access will need to be made if flotation foam is in the way and this can be done by making a hole large enough for the drain hose to run through.

Brad Tharp is the owner of fishingcareer.com, leading the fishing industry as an Angler Marketing Agency. Brad designs and markets products for the fishing and boating industry and is himself a competitive tournament angler.

His sponsors include Champion Boats, Bag-em Products, Rolls Batteries, Shimano, and Spike-it Baits and Guest Chargers.
   Cutting a big hole in a perfectly good boat .............. from Bobu  3/26/2001 2:57:00 PM
 I like the concept of a flush mounted pedal, but I do not think I could do it. Good luck.


   recessing from Brad S.  3/26/2001 6:20:00 PM
 Do what I did, get a trolling buddy. It took a little while to get used to it, as you no longer have the forward-backward movement to control the trolling motor, but rather a large wheel that you move. Once you make the adjustment, they're great. Look them up at www.trollingbuddy.com.


   My concern would be... from Jon C. (205.215.216.198)  3/26/2001 8:01:00 PM
 Not to dispute Brad or anything as he sells some great products - I love my Jen-su, however when I looked under the front deck of my Skeeter I saw the level of reinforcement they put into that area. Then I thought about the physics involved with a bass boat in rough water. If the hole in the front deck allows the gunwales of the boat to move inward even a couple of millimeters more than they do now, it could bring on all sorts of problems with gel-coat cracking and structural wear and tear. The bow of your boat and the transom need to be the strongest structural areas in general. Anything that lessens the structural integrity of those areas makes me nervous. Just my 2 cents. I chose to live with the raised trolling motor pedal. Time will tell and possibly prove me wrong.


   Jon C. Thanks for the .... from FishingCareer.com  3/26/2001 9:09:00 PM
 kind words on the Jens-Su Blade. I have talked with boat manufacturers on this very subject and Triton, Champion, Skeeter, Cobra, ProCraft and Stratos had no concern or warranty considerations regarding the installation of this product.

Cobra does however mention that the cross brace used in their boats should not be cut during the installation. Which means that the Flat Foot should be intalled at the most forward location available on the Cobra Boats.

I recommend that people contact their manufacturer before purchasing this item. A guy just bought the Flat Foot for his TR21 and first spoke to the factory because of his concern of having to cut into a small amount of the center storage compartment. Triton seemed to be helpful and reassuring to him that this was not a problem.

Brad Tharp is the owner of fishingcareer.com, leading the fishing industry as an Angler Marketing Agency. Brad designs and markets products for the fishing and boating industry and is himself a competitive tournament angler.

His sponsors include Champion Boats, Bag-em Products, Rolls Batteries, Shimano, and Spike-it Baits and Guest Chargers.
   Thanks for the update, Brad. from Jon C. (205.215.216.198)  3/26/2001 10:05:00 PM
 Sounds like you've done your homework! I stand corrected. Take care, - Jon


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