Originally posted by: ouachitabassangler on 6/17/2005 4:02:17 PM
I appreciate the kind remarks, but can't take credit for the idea. I look over thousands of boats while monitoring the launch ramps, so I get a lot of good ideas stuffed away for later use by someone. It's just the way most do it around here for a jon boat with a recessed front seat. Nobody wants to give up that area for a trolling motor, so the only good place for it is the side for the guy on the bow "seat", if you can call it that being too small for most big rears, which requires making an out-of-the-way level platform to mount on. If there's a front pedestal seat, all the better for a foot controlled motor.
The neatest setup I can remember is one a machine shop made for a boater. He took the boat down, and they folded a piece of aluminum so it would snap over the edge, then they bolted it through the side using carriage bolts (nice round heads) on the inside. It was painted green to match the boat. Very sturdy, looked like an original part of the boat. I think it cost him $40 installed on the spot. You could make the rig I described earlier for $10 or less out of scrap metal.