Due to the damage on my MG Xi5 and bow roller when launching/loading and tying off to docks, I searched for a mount that would safely and conveniently move my Xi5 out of harm’s way. Not finding anything that suited my requirements, I invented my own mounting bracket.
(These are pictures of the proto-type and some minor improvements have been made to the final product. I should have video and better pictures by next week.)
It lifts the MG Xi5 (also works on MK - Terrova) up 4 inches and back 7 inches thus eliminating the possibility of hitting the bow roller and causing damage to both units. It also keeps my MG Xi5 from ‘banging’ into the dock while I am pulling up or tied-off to a dock.
Some of the other features include a Quick Disconnect feature (Optional) for those that store your boats outside or need to remove the trolling motor for overnight trips or taking the trolling motor in for service. The larger mounting plate allows you to use the existing holes from your old trolling motor, adjust the position of the trolling motor to best suit your boat and most important, to provide a greater surface area to mount your trolling motor to distribute the mounting forces on your bow (especially when running in rough water).
It locks in the ‘Up’ position and ‘Down’ position with threaded thumb bolts for safety and to provide a solid mount during fishing, running or trailering. All components are Aluminum and hardware is Stainless Steel for corrosion resistance.
The unit is ‘Patent Pending’ and I am doing the final product testing on a couple of boats before offering them for sale. I should have a website soon but you can pm me for more information and me or David from Shut Up and Fish should be able to start taking orders by next weekend.