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motor mount
Posted by Deshkaman on Apr 22 2006
    I built my own motor mount from scrap aluminum and a lot of creativity. It fastened to the canoe with self tapping metal screws. I used a Tanaka 3 horse motor. It weighed maybe 12 - 15 lbs. It worked fairly well due to its easy starting and light weight. Also I have used an electric trolling motor mounted directly to the side of a coleman canoe (no motor mount) and turning was very difficult.
   As far as the mount goes. If you make one keep in mind that it needs to be as close to the canoe for balance and far enough from canoe body to turn w/out contacting the canoe.
   I am concerned that your motor may be too heavy. I suggest that you try out an electric trolling motor first. How strong can a canoe motor mount really be? When you turn too sharply or use too much throttle you could spin your canoe upside down or rip the mount right off the canoe. Also remember that you will be trying to pull start the motor.  
   My experience would be to use a motor mount and an electric trolling motor, works great for lake fishing. If considerable traveling is the goal, consider a square stern canoe, they are made for motors.

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