Even at 30 and spending limited time(what can I say, I'm lazy) on the front deck, I still get a sore back from standing on the trolling motor in my limited time. Most of the problem is that most trolling motor panels aren't recessed on old boats and it causes the operator to stand at a weird angle that backbones and muscles really don't like. While the Skeeter certainly isn't old, these ergonomic trolling motors are really just now becoming standard equipment on boats. Our old Stratos certainly didn't have one.
We bought one probably 2 years ago, but discovered we would have to cut in to the front livewell if we wanted to install it. That wasn't something we wanted to do, so we shelved the piece.
When the new Skeeter came home, we KNEW it was something we wanted to do. But, both dad and I were a little hesitant to cut in to the deck of a boat we had just bought. But, we got over it....
Here are the tools and equipment we needed and used:
- PPE (safety goggles, latex gloves, masks)
- Carpenters Square
- Tape Measure
- Masking Tape
- Exacto Knife
- Power Sander
- Butcher Paper
- Sprayable expanding insulation foam
- Drill and drill bits
- Wood Screws and washers
- Small machine bolts with lock washers
- We installed the Pro Pole and seat, moving the tray around until we located where we wanted the pedal. We then used masking tape to note the location front and back
- We then used a square to align it properly, then marked this with a Sharpie. As you can see, Griffin decided to help us...and get in the picture