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    recessed trolling motor tray
from oley55 (  
8/17/2005 11:22:00 PM


  I can't believe I anguished over cutting a hole in my deck to install a recessed trolling motor foot contol tray for the past five years. I installed a recessed comfor-troll tray last week on my 89 TR-21 and fished all day the next day. WOW, it is great. here's the link to comfor-troll: one of these or similar should be a no brainer.

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   Best thing since sliced bread from Eddy (  8/18/2005 9:01:00 AM
 Man alive I totally agree with you. I did it to my 01 Tr-186 and now I can't hardly fish outta my buddies boat without it. The relief is amazing. I used a drill, a jig saw, and a dremel. The deck burned up a lot of blades and only used one titanium reinforced cut off wheel in the dremel. Best money spent so far on my boat.

   Agree with both of you from Chris (  8/18/2005 9:14:00 AM
 Bass Cat knew this years ago and finally others are getting on board. I prefer aftermarket to the factory installed recess so I can install the recess to fit ME and prefer Flat Foot for 3 key design features but any recess beats no recess.

   Got mine yesterday from Dan (  8/18/2005 10:23:00 AM
 I got my Flat Foot yesterday and in the process of installing it on my 2001 Triton 186. Taking my time, want to make sure I don't mess it up. Eddy, where did you put the drain tube? Did you have to drill a hole in the bottom? Will try it out this weekend.

   Dan from Eddy (  8/18/2005 2:14:00 PM
 Dan, you may disagree with me but I wasn't about to put a hole in the bottom of my boat. The idea I had but haven't done it yet, was to run a longer hose all the way towards the rear and dump it into the sump, that way I can bilge it out if necessary. But I have had no problems with no hose connected so far. One thing I didn't like about the install was the fact that I had to cut into one of the vertical composite risers to get the basin in. It was only about an inch and half but still I was worried. But no signs of stress, I have fished the setup for a ton of hours now and feel no difference and at times the pedal has almost all of my 180 lbs on it. You will be very happy, it is paramount to get the location right for you. I put mine as close to the front as possible, with still a little carpet in front of it. Very happy with the looks.

   Thanks Eddy from Dan (  8/18/2005 3:04:00 PM
 I did the cut out yesterday and was thinking about getting a longer hose also, since I didn't see any place to put the hose that came with it. I cut that vertical riser to match the disign of the Flat Foot. Will let everyone know how it goes this weekend.

   Drain Line from Chris (  8/18/2005 5:12:00 PM
 You have lots of options with the drain line. In the keel of every boat is an 1.5" to 2" PVC tube that runs from near the front of the boat to the bilge in the rear. This tube has several area where drains are tapped into it (floor drains, pedestal seat drain hoses, etc.). If the recess installation has you cutting into the center storage compartment, it may be easiest to tap into the seat pedestal drain line if your boat has one. Other options would be to drill a hole through the center storage compartments front wall and stick the drain hose through and silicone around the hose (tight fitting hole is best). If you have foam fill in front of this center storage area that fills this void space clear to the hull, you can remove enough foam to access the keel drain tube. I have even gone so far as to remove the foam, get the drain hose into the keel tube and replace the foam with the sray can type expanding foam. Takes time but makes for a clean installation.

Some/Many boats need no more drain line than is sent with the Flat Foot. The empty space between the center storage compartment and the front console already have drain holes on the boat deck that drain water into this empty cavity and the shape of the hull funnels the water to the keel drain tube and runs to the rear bilge space. Some boats also have a hose attached to the bottom of the seat pedestal mount and this hose also feeds into this same area.

In short, no need to run a hose to the back of the boat when the manufacturers have already done this for you.



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