show / hide sidebar
Pontoon boats are a great option for boaters and families looking to enjoy the water. They are a versatile and stable boat, they are popular to use for fishing, relaxing or getting together with friends. However, these large boats come with drawbacks, most common is handling. Whether you plan to use it for fishing or you are having trouble docking, a trolling motor is a great auxiliary motor to have on a pontoon boat. The decision to add a trolling motor is easy, but more important is the decision on how and where to mount your pontoons trolling motor.
The stern is a common location to mount a trolling motor, but that’s only if there is enough room. The most common and affordable trolling motors are designed for transom mounting. Their brackets make it simple and easy to mount onto any mounting surface that is at minimum 6” wide, 3” long and 1.5” thick. This position is great for easy access and finer adjustments in maneuvering compared to gas outboards. Operating the trolling motor from the stern does give you better control, but not as well as a bow mounted motor. Plus, depending on your pontoon boat, you may already have a gas outboard taking up most of the room on your stern.
Using a bow mounted pontoon trolling motor has many advantages over stern mounted motors. A bow mounted pontoon trolling motor give you better control and allows you to more easily maneuver your pontoon boat. This is ideal trolling motor placement when trolling while dragging a fishing line, or docking your ungraceful deck boat. Bow mount specific trolling motors on the market can be very expensive and many don’t allow hand tiller control. Luckily Newport Vessels is coming out with a pontoon trolling motor in the near future. This will cut your trolling motor costs in half and allow you to make adjustments by hand instead of stomping the floor for your foot pedal or smacking your malfunctioning wireless bluetooth motor.
Another issue with bow mounting your trolling motor is that pontoon boats will not have a specific mounting surface on the bow. Typically there isn’t a lip in front of the gate for mounting and the floor is thicker than 3” (the maximum a transom mount bracket can fit). A common, but risky solution is DIY mounts or modifying your railing to make room for the motor. A simpler and less risky solution is a pontoon mount. In the near future, Newport Vessels will also be releasing a Pontoon mount to be paired with our Pontoon trolling motor! Extremely sturdy, durable and only requires 6 screws to mount. Less time modifying and more time fishing.
A trolling motor can become a great addition to your pontoon boat. Useful for fine adjustments or parking and especially for use while fishing. Determining whether to mount it on your stern or bow depends on your application and available space.
What Are Marine Grade Wires?“Why are my copper wires silver?” or “Are your wires made with copper? Then why are they silver colored?” are questions we get all too often. The quick answer is yes, all of our wires are made from pure copper. However, tin is added to the wires to make them marine [...]
What Is The Best Outboard?You have probably stumbled upon this page looking for a single motor that is labeled “the best” by all. However, there isn’t a single motor that will be able to cater to the needs of all boatmen, sailors, racers or adventurers. While most lean towards the conventional gas outboards for their [...]
If you own an inflatable boat or are looking to purchase one, getting an outboard motor or trolling motor for your boat has crossed your mind. Gas outboards are ideal for most dinghy owners that are looking for speed and power. Trolling motors are also a great alternative for owners looking for more green solutions [...]
How Long Does A Trolling Motor Battery Last?Two of the most common questions we receive are “How long will this motor run for?” and “How to calculate how long a battery will last?”. These are common questions because they are very important in understanding how long to stay out on the water before heading back, [...]
Inflatable boats are extremely popular among boat lovers and sailing enthusiasts because they are versatile, durable, and remarkably portable. With the ability to be folded to less than half its size, you can bring them anywhere using whatever works best for you!If you plan to transport your dinghy while it is inflated, you can transport [...]
What’s fascinating about fishing and other water recreational activities is that it allows you to embrace spontaneity -- no boundaries, no maps, no itineraries, no waiting -- just endless thrill and immeasurable fun. And for sailors and fishing enthusiasts alike, we can’t deny that this is indeed our kind of adventure.Once you’ve tried recreational angling, [...]
Dinghy: Inflatable Boats vs. RIBsChoosing the “best dinghy” can be incredibly tough with the current surplus of different types and brands available today. When doing your research, keep in mind that the “best dinghy” will vary from person to person, and ultimately, depend on one that suits your personal preference, meets your requirements, fits within [...]
Looking for a discount?In today’s competitive economy, price sensitive shoppers will not make a purchase without getting a discount. Many scour the web before making a purchase trying to maximize their savings. Some websites take advantage of this practice and advertising discount codes for every brand and website you can think of. However, as you [...]
Dinghy Design: Why are inflatable boats safe? Whether you already own a dinghy or are planning on acquiring one, it is beyond question that the safety of you and your passengers should always be of top priority. Dinghy design has come a long way since the early days of inflatable boats. Multiple independent air chambers are [...]