So for about a year now I've had this pet project. We have a small Sea Ray runabout boat we got from a friend who moved away. It's a family recreational boat but I'm a fisherman at heart! Dad taught me to fish and took me out on bass boats and pond boats as a kid so naturally I wanted to get a bass boat when I got older. Well the family runabout was all I was gonna be able to do since buying a new (even new to us) boat was out of the question and we definitely couldn't afford a second boat. So I decided to build a deck for the trolling motor to mount on and this way I could use the family boat to fish from. Well I got quotes and it was gonna be $800-1200 to have someone build the deck. I (foolishly) thought, "hey I'm somewhat intelligent and somewhat handy" so let me try and build it myself. After pricing the materials and such, I figured I could build the deck for about $300. That's just the deck and not the motor mount. Long story short, after 8 or so months and probably around $400 in supplies (and a cr*p more in man hours), I finally finished the deck. This past weekend, we rented a 5th wheel out on lake fork and I figured there was no better time to christen the boat deck.
. There was a minor design flaw that was solved with a quick trip to Hootens in Emory. Long story short, I FINALLY can take my boat fishing!
The metal deck for the motor was work done by Everhold Anchors here on the forum. I also bought a new Garmin 73SV for the console and moved my Lowrance Elite 5 up to the bow (hence the empty mount in the photo). Now I need some practice on the water learning to locate fish on the Garmin and using the trolling motor to keep me on the brush piles! Anyone running Garmins want to help me out?
If you see a guy fishing from a runabout with an ugly trolling motor mount up front, feel free to say hi!
One more pic of the mount.