motor mount for an inflatable boat

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Old 09-22-05, 02:32 PM
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motor mount for an inflatable boat

Hi,

I recently used a Coleman Navigator 4-person dinghy, and had a good time. I've since looked online at many inflatables, and seen that there are motor mounts for them. I am interested in using an electric trolling motor. Sevylor has the SBM 12-volt engine, which is supposed to work on other inflatables as well--will it work on mine? Is it a worthwhile product? Are there other mounts that will work? I saw motor mounts at sea eagle and sevylor as well, will these work? Should I make my own? Thanks.


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Old 09-23-05, 10:07 AM
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Making your own can be a bit risky. By the time you go to the hardware store 3 or 4 times to find the right part... you could be fishing with a manufactured mount. Once you install it and it breaks, pushing the prop into the side of the raft.... well, you get the idea....

I'm not a big fan of those tiny electric motor mounts on inflatables.... but I guess they work reasonably well (for what they're intended for). I always disliked a big 12 volt battery rolling around in the floor of my raft. However - I understand the difference between what you want and what you can afford.... Buy the best you can get... and have fun...
 
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Old 09-23-05, 10:45 AM
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Israel,

My thoughts on making your own motor mount are along the same lines as thezster.
You would not want to be out in the water and have any kind of failure.
I personally would only use the accessory motor mount that is made for the boat model you have and by the same mfr.

I am actually looking into getting a square stern canoe to mingle with the ducks in the marsh behind my house.
What I am considering is a small, 1 to 2 hp gas outboard engine.
I don't particularly care to have the dead weight of the necessary battery in the bottom of my canoe.
A gas engine is noisier that an electric but the amount of stored energy and weight of a few quarts of gas compared to the power you get out of a battery are many times greater.
For me I would move across the pond under power and then switch to paddle when in photo (or shotgun) mode.

Actually, I haven't had a chance to research it so if I can highjack this thread, maybe someone has a recommendation for a quiet little mini-outboard engine.
 
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Old 09-23-05, 11:48 AM
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I once put a 5hp motor on a side mount for my 17ft alum. canoe.... We "flew" across the water - till the side weight flipped us....

Any relatively new - less than 5 yrs old - small hp motor will work fabulously on a square end. Smaller is better - due to weight considerations.... unless you plan to ski behind the canoe....
 
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Old 09-23-05, 12:07 PM
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That is why I want a square stern and no, too many reeds and bullrushes to water ski.

I honestly would think that 1 1/2 hp would be more than enough.
It would be fairly quiet and would keep your speeds in the range of fast paddling.
I was eyeing up a 1 1/2 hp Tanaka but just found out that they went out of production in 2002 because of emissions regs.
This could be a good thing though because if any motors like this are sold now they would likely be more miserly on fuel.
We'll be icebound soon so I will spend the winter researching this and maybe have a catalogue item circled and strategically placed.
(Xmas is coming after all. )
 
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Old 09-25-05, 07:49 PM
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I have a ex father n law who has a coleman and uses 12 volt and electric battery.

He uses it in a small lake, he has heart surgery, cant handle paddling much I guess.

I have had a few boats, I have also had rubber rafts and so forth.

There is a difference from rubber raft to plastic.

Alot of the inflatables out there our made out of plastic.

Myself, unless there is a space or reason why you want to use a inflatable. Tne Id go with electric or look on e-bay there is a few gas powered, 1 to 3 horse out there.

But you might be able to pick up a used boat with a engine for under $800. Now that the season is about over with.

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Old 09-26-05, 12:16 PM
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I do have a space problem, which is why inflatables are attractive to me. Is your ex-father-in-law's boat a Coleman inflatable? Does he use the Sevylor trolling motor? I'm just wondering if it's sufficient. Thanks.

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Old 09-26-05, 09:21 PM
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I know its a coleman, and it was a kit he got, but i dont know if its a sevyor. I know that it was good to fart around in,

But is no good for meduim or strong current. And If I recall he got a couple of hours out of it. But I didnt ask if he was using a marine battery or a smaller sla battery.

We dotn talk anymore, otherwise i would call and ask him to provide better info 4 you.

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Thank you much.

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