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SS231 Trolling motor install discussion and questions

njm130njm130 Orange Beach, ALMember Posts: 10
I just bought a 2014 SS 231 Want a trolling motor. I was recommended the Minn Kota Riptide ST with 112lb thrust and 60" shaft ($1830, plus batteries, battery trays, battery charger, mounting bracket, and install).  I want spot lock and i-Pilot features.  Here is what I found out so far...

- 80lbs thrust is bare minimum, 100+ recommended.  Reason, 80lbs thrust is good up to about a 4000lb boat. Add fuel/water/gear/people and I'm at 4500-5000lbs. I want spot lock effective in decent current so I need 100+ thrust.  One owner with a 20' hurricane and 80# thrust likes it but does not use it for trolling or spot lock in current.  He sees only 2.5 mph.  Minn Kota rates the 112# thrust motor good for a 23' boat up to 7kts.   

- fishing package pre-wiring is good enough for 36v system, but you need 3 deep cycle 12v batteries for the 100+ lb thrust motor (2 batteries for 24v, 80# thrust) and a separate cranking battery.  I am hoping to use my trolling batteries as house batteries as well to avoid a 5 battery set up. Issues with that?  Wiring 3 12v batteries in series gives 36v so does that run too much power to the other components? Do I need to leave the trolling motor batteries separate?

- 54" shaft will work fine for the GS/SS 211/231 since the bow is low, but the 112# Minn Kota only comes in 60" shaft length.  Some installers can cut the shaft down or you can live with a long trolling motor.  

- Mounting options are limited.  Hurricane did not design the bow well for a trolling motor.  I have seen many pics with people mounting them straight through the bow opening step but my model has the anchor locker and a fishing chair there.  Also, when stowed it will be in the way of people sitting in the bow area.  I would prefer to mount it along the bow angle to maintain access to the anchor locker and fishing chair without deploying the motor to get to the anchor.  If I mount it straight I have to remove the seat and deploy the motor to get to the anchor.  The angle from the bow swim step to the rub rail causes a decent overhang requirement for the trolling motor mount and limits the angle mounting options as well.  Also, I want the motor safely stowed out of the way when docking but it has to clear the rub rail too.  This is my biggest problem and suggestions are greatly aporeciated.  I think I might need to fabricate a custom mount.

- Hummingbird 899 units are being discontinued for the new Helix line and are a great value right now and a more capable unit according to a Bass Pro Marine Electronics expert.  They pair with the Minn Kota for A/P and spot lock features.  

- Some Hurricane owners see a listing problem with multiple batteries on one side.  The SS231 has the water tank on the opposite side and can be filled for a counter ballast.  I don't expect this to be a big issue with four batteries.  

Any other issues I'm missing? Suggestions?
2014 SS 231 w/Yamaha 200 


Comments

  • MikePMikeP Saint Johns, FLMember Posts: 20 ✭✭
    I have the exact same boat as you and installed the same trolling motor you are considering.  112#'s of thrust is good for that boat.  I went with a 5 battery system. I installed mine on a fabricated bracket with the quick release bracket.  Here is a link to some photos, they are on page 4 of the "Love your Hurricane?" thread.

    http://hurricaneboats.vanillaforums.com/discussion/comment/4924/#Comment_4924

    Also, I put a Hummingbird Helix fishfinder on my boat.  I flush mounted the screen on the dash panel between the gauges and the stereo.
    2014 SS 231 w/ Yamaha F250
  • njm130njm130 Orange Beach, ALMember Posts: 10
    Thanks for the reply and great job with the install.  Looks like a custom bracket will be the way to go.  Are you happy with the helix and Minn Kota?  
    2014 SS 231 w/Yamaha 200 


  • MikePMikeP Saint Johns, FLMember Posts: 20 ✭✭
    Yes, very happy with both.  Remote operation of trolling motor took a little getting used to.
    2014 SS 231 w/ Yamaha F250
  • PescaBenePescaBene Lake Candlewood, CTMember Posts: 53 ✭✭
    Hi, where did you put the batteries for your trolling motor?  I'm hesitant to put the weight of three batteries in the stern?  I didn't get my boat yet. Is there room in the bow storage locker or inside the center console?  
  • MikePMikeP Saint Johns, FLMember Posts: 20 ✭✭
    I put my batteries in the stern where the cranking batteries are.  My boat was pre-wired for a trolling motor and that is where the leads where routed to.  I had to reposition the cranking batteries to make room for all 5 batteries.
    2014 SS 231 w/ Yamaha F250
  • PescaBenePescaBene Lake Candlewood, CTMember Posts: 53 ✭✭

    The dealer installed a Minn Kota  Ulterra on my 2016 231OB.  We put the three batteries in the bow floor locker and a Minn Kota four bank charger under the fresh water sink.   The dealer fabricated an aluminum platform so that he could mount the motor on the bow.


  • MikePMikeP Saint Johns, FLMember Posts: 20 ✭✭
    Could you post some pics of the trolling motor installation?
    2014 SS 231 w/ Yamaha F250
  • PescaBenePescaBene Lake Candlewood, CTMember Posts: 53 ✭✭
  • MikePMikeP Saint Johns, FLMember Posts: 20 ✭✭
    Here are some pics of my install.
    2014 SS 231 w/ Yamaha F250
  • amborieamborie Member Posts: 1
    Hi Mike. Great setup. I am in Jacksonville, FL. Where did you have this made?? I have the same boat and would love to do the same install. 
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