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Shortie Trolling motor Mod

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I just pulled the Minn Kota Riptide off the boat and gave it alittle trim.
Pulled the head off and cut the wires to the motor and coil cord.
Pulled the head off and pushed the wires down into the shaft as far as I could. This was for in the case I hit the wires with the sawsall I could just trim off the cut end.
Trimmed 12" off the shaft with a sawsall. I did not cut all the way though the shaft. I ended up snapping off the shaft at the cut and Its the way I would do it again. The coil wire was more of a pain than I thought. I had to pull the grommet off and drill out the old wire and pull the crimp out of it. Then re install everything the same way you took it apart. Made my trolling motor very short and fit the new skiff very well.
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Yes, you can shorten the shaft on any trolling motor - and they'll still work just fine.... mostly. Where you'll find yourself on the short end (no pun intended...) is when you're in choppy waters. The only thing keeping your working trolling motor from breaching as you bounce up and down - is the depth you're able to set it at... A shortened shaft takes away that ability.

I do a bunch of tarpon fishing in less than ideal waters (bouncing up and down like cork some days while on station for big silver...) and you must be able to keep that motor deep enough so that it doesn't breach, or blow out, as you rock and roll in a small skiff....

Just another of those "ask me how I know" moments....

Aren't boats fun?
 

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I only brought this up for those considering this without knowing the possible downsides... In calm waters there’s no downside at all but its a different deal in a chop when you’re struggling to get your troller to do what’s needed...
 
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