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#12469604 - 10/17/17 10:14 PM Which way does Trolling Motor sit?
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About to get a new Ultrex for my boat and this is something I've been curious about for a while now, but for Specifically Minn Kota's, what is the proper position for the motor to be locked down? EX: With the prop on outside of boat or inside?
Just something I want to be sure about so I don't end up beating something up that is easily avoidable.

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#12469637 - 10/17/17 11:06 PM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Bobby Milam Offline
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If I ran an external transducer I always put it where the cable was on top so I didn't slice it by accident. Other than that reason I always chose which way the cover fit over it to reduce wear.

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#12469741 - 10/18/17 06:22 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
jcwebb70 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/06
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Loc: Allen, TX
as above, transducer cable needs to be a major consideration. I've had it both ways unintentionally at first. I prefer blades out, so I set my cable up that way. Blades out gives me less clutter if I'm entering/exiting over the nose, and if the on button gets pushed when stowed it doesn't beat the [censored] out of the deck$$. Blade out, depending on mounting, blade out may create a "snag target" for breaking blades, where the nose cone facing out will just hit said object and not break the blades off. half a dozen one half a dozen the other. I keep two spare props that are faster and cheaper than a fiberglass shop trip.

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#12469875 - 10/18/17 08:36 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Muzzlebrake Offline
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Well I guess it might also depend on if you are using a fitted boat cover. Blades out might poke a hole in the cover easier than blades in.
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#12470099 - 10/18/17 11:09 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Walker_wilson13 Online   content
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I won't be running an external cable because of the US2 capabilities. So I'm guessing it's just on preference? Wanted to make sure there wasn't a textbook way to stow it.
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#12470199 - 10/18/17 12:31 PM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Jumpin J Offline
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I'm not sure about Minnkota, but on a Motorguide, the weight of the motor (bottom/prop), is centered on the bracket, with prop to outside. Prop on inside, allows the heavier portion of motor to bounce, putting torque on shaft.

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#12471098 - 10/19/17 09:20 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
TxFisherman03 Offline
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I like my foot pedal to be down in the front which makes my blades be on the outside.
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#12471150 - 10/19/17 10:04 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
721Phoenix Offline
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I found that I put the prop out and the head in. Reason being I have a better chance of hitting the head on something or running into in while working on the boat. Not that I ever ran into it while having the head sticking out, nope never. Pedal front down, read one time to do that to keep [censored] from blowing under it as bad while trailering, made sense to me.
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#12472220 - 10/20/17 05:40 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
skeeter17584 Offline
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Registered: 01/24/06
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With my Ultrex I have to run with prop out to prevent damage to my transducer cable. Transome Shield has cable routed that way so Prop out

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#12472318 - 10/20/17 07:33 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Fishinfellow Offline
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It has a lot more to do with the cables getting stretched than it does which way the prop is pointed. I make sure my pedal is level when stowed, that way the steering cables aren't stressed while it's put away. Makes them last much, much longer.
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#12472989 - 10/20/17 03:21 PM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
railey Offline
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Registered: 04/10/17
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Put the blade in. The reason I say this is I hit the prop on my Ulterra on the trailer unloading last week and it broke a blade off the prop.

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#12473488 - 10/21/17 04:04 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
Bobby Milam Offline
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Loc: Arlington
I don't think it means much but I know I just bought an Ulterra and it came shipped with the prop out so I would assume that either it doesn't matter or MK is saying prop out. If it mattered I'm sure it would be mentioned in the owners manual.

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#12473547 - 10/21/17 07:55 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: Walker_wilson13]
9094 Offline
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Registered: 08/11/09
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40 years of owning a bass boat and I never even thought about this.
Never had a problem either way

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#12475480 - 10/23/17 06:48 AM Re: Which way does Trolling Motor sit? [Re: 9094]
Happykamper Online   content
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I put the prop out on my Ultrex, the other way hangs out past the boat too far.

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